A Costa Rican flower has turned this foe into friend, according to a new study. One species of the so-called arum plant has evolved to attract a species of plant bug instead of a typical beetle pollinator, helping them spread their pollen far and wide.
Government representatives are gathering in Glasgow, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss strategies on how to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Check out this article to learn more about the options they'll be discussing.
Scientists around the globe are urging caution regarding tree projects, as the projects must address a range of scientific, political, social, and economic concerns. An effective conservation and restoration plan must encompass the diversity of the Earth's ecosystems, as well as the people who use them.
Small crustaceans called tongue biters drain the blood from the tongues of fish, with the fish's mouth becoming its new home. This strange phenomenon pushes the possibilities of what parasitism can be, and what it means for a creature to fully enmesh itself into the body of its host.
According to new modeling, 1,100 tons of microplastic – particles smaller than 5 millimeters – is currently floating above the western US. Slowly, researchers are developing a clearer picture of how these particles are cycling all over the planet.
Mosquito eggs places in the Florida Keys are expected to hatch thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes. The federally approved experiment studies the use of genetic engineering – rather than insecticides – to control disease-carrying mosquito populations.
Scientists have recently discovered an entirely new phylum of archaea, found within seven hot springs in China, as well as from the deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California. When studied, genes that produce methane could not be identified, signifying their significant role in Earth's carbon cycle.
The smoke clouds reaching the stratosphere are a byproduct of the massive wildfires we've seen in recent years. New research provides evidence of how pollution and smoke from wildfires driven by severe droughts and heat waves can become a global event, affecting people and ecosystems far from the scene.
When it comes to cotton, butterflies play an unexpected role. A new study suggests that hoverflies and butterflies add about $120 million per year to the cotton harvest in Texas alone. Butterfly biologists hope the findings will encourage farmers to conserve habitat that benefits these overlooked pollinators.