Ants are cultural signifiers of busy industriousness, but a new paper in Plos One reveals that, across species, about 40% of “worker” ants spend most of their days doing nothing.
The researchers hypothesize that the “lazy” ants form both a reservoir of genetic material and a reserve workforce that serves as aRead More
A new study in the International Journal of Astrobiology posits that beached whales may sometimes be influenced by solar storms. A team led by Klaus Heinrich Vanselow writes: Mass strandings of whales have often been documented, but their causes and underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We investigated the possible reasons for this phenomenon based on aRead More
In 1997, ecologists Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs convinced a Costa Rican orange juice maker to to dump their waste peels in a clear-cut abandoned pasture that was in a national park. Twenty years later, the enriched soil nourishes tropical forest again, according to a new report. Via ZME: Princeton ecology grad student Timothy TreuerRead More
Scientific American dedicates its September issue to The New Science of Sex and Gender, and sociobiologists haven’t been in this kind of tizzy since the Emmy-nominated Bill Nye episode about sex and gender.
Above: the usual suspects getting upset.
From the intro to the issue by the editors: