James Owen

Mystery Solved: Why Flies Are So Hard to Swat

Why are buzzing flies so hard to swat? It’s a question that’s vexed humankind for millennia, but scientists may finally have the answer. Flies on the wing react to looming threats as if they were fighter jets—by ...

Praying Mantises Falling Victim to Sex Cannibal

By James Owen The only praying mantis native to New Zealand has developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report. Males of the New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) are being seduced ...

Praying Mantises Falling Victim to Sex Cannibal

By James Owen The only praying mantis native to New Zealand has developed a fatal attraction for a cannibal invader whose females devour its mates after sex, scientists report. Males of the New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) are being seduced ...

Sea Slugs Stab Mates Between The Eyes to Get Them In The Mood

The Marquis de Sade had nothing on this critter—a sea slug that makes out by stabbing potential mates between the eyes and, researchers suspect, drugging them. Besides having a penis, the sea slug—an as-yet undescribed species from Australia’...

Sea Slugs Stab Mates Between The Eyes to Get Them In The Mood

The Marquis de Sade had nothing on this critter—a sea slug that makes out by stabbing potential mates between the eyes and, researchers suspect, drugging them. Besides having a penis, the sea slug—an as-yet undescribed species from Australia’...

What Happened to the Trout?

By James Owen If your canary in the mineshaft sprouts an extra head, you might think there’s a problem. But not, apparently, if you’re the J. R. Simplot Company. The canary in its case was the brown trout, ...

Fighting for the Survival of Uncontacted Tribes

By James Owen Conserving virgin rain forests and their fauna is one thing. But preserving their people? For many Westerners, the ideal wilderness would seem to be one without humans. From safari reserves to television wildlife documentaries, their spoiling presence ...