Stefan Sirucek

When it comes to choosing a mate, even lizards have certain standards. Tracy Langkilde, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, and Lindsey Swierk, a graduate student in Langkilde’s lab, recently looked at the relationship between body-color patterning and mating behavior in the fence lizard Sceloporus undulatus, and found that the sex lives…

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When it comes to choosing a mate, even lizards have certain standards. Tracy Langkilde, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, and Lindsey Swierk, a graduate student in Langkilde’s lab, recently looked at the relationship between body-color patterning and mating behavior in the fence lizard Sceloporus undulatus, and found that the sex lives…

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From insects to mammals to deepwater lurkers and even birds—in the spirit of Halloween, here’s our list of some of nature’s thirstiest bloodsuckers. Vampire Bats The name is a bit of a giveaway: Vampire bats are perhaps the most famous bloodsuckers of them all. They also hold the distinction of being the only mammal that subsists solely…

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We officially have fossil evidence that the whining bane of many a summer night was busy sucking blood as far back as 46 million years ago, a new study says. Scientists have discovered blood in a mosquito fossil in the oil shale of northwestern Montana. Researchers found the insect’s last blood meal by detecting heme—a pigment in…

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What might be the best-titled research paper of the year comes to us courtesy of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, an investigation entitled “Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.” Have you got your popcorn ready? It’s a tale of three species. We begin with a fungus-growing ant called Sericomyrmex amabilis found in the tropical…

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What might be the best-titled research paper of the year comes to us courtesy of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, an investigation entitled “Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.” Have you got your popcorn ready? It’s a tale of three species. We begin with a fungus-growing ant called Sericomyrmex amabilis found in the tropical…

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What might be the best-titled research paper of the year comes to us courtesy of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, an investigation entitled “Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.” Have you got your popcorn ready? It’s a tale of three species. We begin with a fungus-growing ant called Sericomyrmex amabilis found in the tropical…

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A few months ago we brought you the latest explanation of Africa’s mysterious “fairy circles”—circular patterns in the earth that appear across the grasslands of southern Africa and which have intrigued and baffled scientists, earning their rather ethereal name. The newest findings at the time suggested the fantastical formations were the result of termites eating…

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A few months ago we brought you the latest explanation of Africa’s mysterious “fairy circles”—circular patterns in the earth that appear across the grasslands of southern Africa and which have intrigued and baffled scientists, earning their rather ethereal name. The newest findings at the time suggested the fantastical formations were the result of termites eating…

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A Florida man recently found an 18.8-foot-long (5.7-meter-long) Burmese python—the longest ever found in the state. That’s exactly a foot longer than the former record-holder, caught in August 2012, which measured 17.7 feet (5.4 meters). But what Jason Leon, 23, did next may also break the record for questionable snake behavior—he decided to tussle with it, despite the…

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