Seeing the world through a bird’s eye

Jan 23, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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While the human eye use the primary colors red, green and blue for color vision, birds use in addition a fourth color, invisible to the human eye : ultraviolet.

With the aid of a special ... Read more

Corals attract symbiotic algae with fluorescent green light

Jan 23, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Reef-building corals can only live in nutrition-poor waters because they have a symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae, a group of algae).

It now appears that corals a... Read more

New snake species discovered ….. in the stomach of another snake

Jan 21, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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A snake that had been found in the stomach of a Central American coral snake Southern Mexico in 1976 turns out to be a new species. Researchers have baptized it Cenaspis aenigma (something like « mys... Read more

Why biodiversity is economically important for the production of fruit

Jan 18, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Orchards surrounded by agricultural land are visited by a few bee species, and this leads to relatively poor pollination and production, a new study shows.

In contrast, natural habitats i... Read more

Parasitic mite of honeybees does not feed on blood, but on the fat body

Jan 16, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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The honeybee parasitic mite Varroa destructor does not feed on blood, as previously thought, but consumes an organ called the fat body.

This organ not only serves many of the same vital f... Read more

Climate change sparks deadly war between two bird species

Jan 14, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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As the European winters are getting warmer, the pied flycatchers flying from Africa to Netherlands for breeding, are finding that the resident great tits are already claiming all the nesting sites of the s... Read more

Werewolves respond to moonlight and Who else? Oysters it seems

Jan 09, 2019 Kshitij Jadhav

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In addition to having a circadian clock and a tidal clock, oysters also have a lunar clock which influences the opening and shutting of the shells. Researchers tracked the behavior of 12 Pacific oysters su... Read more

Why some snakes are deadlier than others

Jan 08, 2019 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have found out why some snakes have highly poisonous venom, whereas others do not, and why there are such huge differences in the quantities of venom stored in the venom glands.

Following analyses of over 100 snake species, it ... Read more

New type of carbohydrate discovered in cereals

Jan 08, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A new kind of complex carbohydrate has been discovered in barley, the first discovery of this type in the last 30 years.

The compound is a polysaccharide containing a mix of glucose and xylo... Read more

Loneliness associated with attraction to social media

Jan 07, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu

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While everyone is nowadays on social media, one cannot overlook the lack of personal interactions when browsing online. According to a recent scientific study, the desire for using social media is associat... Read more

Sound and touch senses overlap in brain of rodents

Jan 04, 2019 Alexandru Ciobanu

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We have the tendency to imagine the auditory and tactile sensation as distinct senses, but according to a recent study, there is an overlap in the brain between the two.

The study analyzed s... Read more

How memory of flowering plants works

Dec 21, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Plants can sense and remember changes in their environment through the formation and segregation of a protein complex.

Now, scientists have discovered that one protein in this complex, a ... Read more

A genetically modified plant to keep the air in your house clean

Dec 21, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Scientists have genetically modified the common houseplant pothos ivy to express the protein 2E1 to clean the air in your house from the toxic substances chloroform and benzene.

These com... Read more

Evolution of blooming flowers has been advanced to the Early Jurassic era

Dec 18, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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A new fossil shows that plants with flowers existed already during the Early Jurassic epoch, some 174 million years ago.

The fossil has been found in the South Xiangshan Formation, an outc... Read more

How many car trips could we replace using bicycles?

Dec 17, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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A recent study investigated the possibility of replacing car trips with more active ways of transportation, such as bicycles or even walking.

According to the study, most people would be wil... Read more

Origin of complex animals in deep oceans explained by stability of ambient temperature

Dec 13, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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How could complex animal life have started in the deep oceans, where food and oxygen are scarce? Scientists think they have found the answer: because of the stable temperature there.

Early complex animals could not regulate their body tem... Read more

Bacteria show slower evolution when facing two stressors at the same time

Dec 10, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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Bacteria can adapt relatively quickly to altered living conditions, but they are much less efficient in doing so when they are facing two stressors at the same time. New research has shown that predator st... Read more

Experimental hybridization created new sex chromosome in swordtail fish

Dec 06, 2018 Alexandru Ciobanu

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Fishes, unlike mammals that use the standard XX, XY chromosomal mechanism, have a wide variety of sex determination systems. Why this is the case, is currently unknown.

The better understa... Read more

Plant cells know where is up and down thanks to their mother cell

Dec 04, 2018 Erwin van den Burg

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For plants, it is important to know where is up and where is down, so that roots can grow down into the soil, and the rest of the plant can grow up to the light. Which each cell division as the plant grows... Read more