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Feed or fight? How a honey bee hive’s culture influences their choice

Graduate student Rebecca Westwick researches how the environment of honey bee larvae influences their adult behavior. By focusing on aggression, she finds that whether bees prioritize hive protection over care of their young depends on their...
3-Jan-2023 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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The Marvel-ous world of science

The classroom is constantly evolving, from chalkboards to powerpoint slides to interactive polling using clickers. But what if science were a story and we could follow along as an ant messes things up for a colony (hint: Pixar’s A Bug’s Life) or...
30-Dec-2022 6:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Scientists Study How Dragonflies Catch Prey in Midair

Researchers enticed dragonflies to chase a small bead as it hurtled through the air, to examine how these insects capture objects that fly in erratic and unpredictable ways.
30-Dec-2022 6:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Pollution-fighting superpowers of a common roadside weed

When horseweed is grown in contaminated soil, it extracts and accumulates heavy metals like lead, copper, and zinc. These fast-growing plants could help to detoxify even highly polluted environments.
30-Dec-2022 6:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Birds are Jerks Sometimes: how a Mother’s Quest to Defend her Eggs Against Invaders Influences Offspring Development

Animals must defend resources critical to their and their offspring’s survival. With few resources, tree swallows become more territorial, which likely increases testosterone allocation in their eggs. This may promote offspring aggression, a trait...
30-Dec-2022 6:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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The devil is in the details: how poison-dart frogs avoid poisoning themselves

Poison dart frogs eat and accumulate toxins in their skin. Yet, unlike their predators, it does not seem to bother them. Researchers at Stanford University discovered a toxin-transporter protein that may hang on to the toxins and prevent them from...
30-Dec-2022 6:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Engaging with student-teacher identities improves classroom experience

Honesty between faculty and students improves student experiences in college. Professors who actively consider student identity and sharing their own can increase student fulfillment. Although daunting, new data indicate that students are ready to...
25-Aug-2022 10:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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COVID: More cases, more mutations, more problems?

Using publicly available data on COVID variant rates, researchers from the University of Hawai'i are investigating how mutations in the virus' genome impact its ability to spread and weaken immune responses.
25-Aug-2022 10:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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