Categories
Environment Science

Why we should all be eating more bugs

When I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here comes onto our screens each November, millions across the UK watch through their fingers as the camp mates are forced to eat spiders, mealworms and witchetty grubs. There is a collective shriek as the celebs gag and retch whilst Dec offers some encouraging words of advice […]

Categories
Science

The beauty of the praying mantis

Give a mantis a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a mantis to fish, and you’ll realise this clever hunter has already figured it out. A video from India released this week shows a wild mantis fishing for guppies in a manmade pond. The researchers observed the mantis over a few evenings […]

Categories
Science

A mind of their own: the fungi that make insects do their bidding

An ant scuttles through the rainforest. Seemingly brainwashed, the ant is on a mission to ascend the nearest plant and clamp down hard on a leaf. Here the ant will remain for a few days until it dies, in what biologists call a “death grip”. You might think this seems like a weird thing for […]

Categories
Environment Science

Bees can be trained to play football, despite their tiny brains

People who say that footballers aren’t intelligent have just been provided with a winning argument: a new study has shown that bees can be taught to play football. The experiments, carried out by Clint Perry and Olli Loukola of Queen Mary University of London, showed that bees can be trained to roll a ball into […]

Categories
Science

Flight dynamics: study suggests value of wing sensors

A new study from the University of Washington indicates that insects’ wings double up as sensitive gyroscopes. Gyroscopes are used to measure orientation, and are present in many devices, from phones to jets. Despite the precision with which many animals can control their bodies (such as when balancing or flying), we know of few gyroscopes […]