Scientists discover the secret of Galapagos’ rich ecosystem

A Galápagos Toroise. Credit: Alexander Forryan New research has unlocked the mystery of how the Galápagos Islands, a rocky, volcanic outcrop, with only modest rainfall and vegetation, is able to sustain its unique wildlife habitats. The Galápagos archipelago, rising from the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean some 900 kilometres off the South American mainland, is an […]

Shedding light on the secret reproductive lives of honey bees — ScienceDaily

Honey bee health has been on the decline for two decades, with U.S. and Canadian beekeepers now losing about 25 to 40% of their colonies annually. And queen bees are failing faster than they have in the past in their ability to reproduce. The reason has been a mystery, but researchers at North Carolina State […]

Shedding light on the secret reproductive lives of honey bees

NC State University researcher Alison McAfee prepares queen cells to go into honey bee mating colonies. Credit: Alison McAfee. Honey bee health has been on the decline for two decades, with U.S. and Canadian beekeepers now losing about 25 to 40% of their colonies annually. And queen bees are failing faster than they have in […]

Modeling the Creation of Cratons, Earth’s Secret Keepers

The continents, the solid blocks of land beneath our feet, weren’t always as strong as they’ve come to be. Now, scientists from Monash University in Australia have devised a new mechanism to explain how the roots of the continents—cratons—came to be. Using numerical models to simulate the conditions of Archean era Earth, the […]

Hundreds of graves reveal Spanish town’s secret Muslim history

An archaeological site in northeast Spain holds one of the oldest-known Muslim cemeteries in the country, with the discovery of 433 graves, some dating back to the first 100 years of the Islamic conquest of the Iberian Peninsula.  The finds confirm that the region, along the frontier between the warring Islamic and Christian worlds in […]

The best Secret Santa websites, ranked

This year we’re doing this—only through a screen. (Kira auf der Heide / Unsplash/) This holiday season has been rough. Cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country, and both the federal government and local authorities in multiple states have asked people to forgo Christmas parties and celebrate at home. That doesn’t mean gift-giving is […]

The secret behind male ornaments

The longer the sword of the male (bottom), the greater the chances of its bearer being interested by a female (top). In the swordtail fish (Xiphophorus hellerii), scientists have now identified the genetic basis of sword growth. Credit: Georg Schneider / University of Würzburg In many species, males have eye-catching characteristics. Although often impractical, they […]

The secret behind male ornaments — ScienceDaily

The tail feathers of the peacock, the enormous horn of male rhinoceros beetles, the protruding antlers of some deer: In nature, there are countless examples of features which at first sight may only have disadvantages for their owners. After all, it is more difficult to hide from a predator when one is wearing a colourful […]

Study revealing the secret behind a key cellular process refutes biology textbooks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now – precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly turned off. The finding concerns a key process essential to life: the transcription phase of gene expression, which […]