17October2017

Infrared cameras can’t detect this combat suit

A protein found in squids is helping defence scientists create the world’s best camouflage combat suits. What’s best about the invention is that the material that mimics calamari skin is invisible to infrared cameras. Researchers [...]

Seal scientists

Elephant seals help climate scientists understand deepwater heating around Antarctica As elephant seals dove, swam and fed around an Antarctic ice shelf, sensors on their heads took measurements of the surrounding water. Credit: Lars Boehme Climate [...]

Penguins’ Explicit Sex Acts Shocked Captain Scott, the Polar Explorer

Hidden for nearly 100 years for being too “graphic,” a report of “hooligan” behaviors, including sexual coercion, by Adelie penguins observed during Captain Scott’s 1910 polar expedition have been uncovered and [...]

Take my enemy, please

Relocated kangaroo rats can thrive when territorial rivals move with them Stephens’ kangaroo rats relocated to this new habitat were more likely to survive and have more pups when moved with their dear familiar enemies.Ken Bohn, San [...]

Food makes male flies frisky

Courtship in a classic lab insect is driven by fruity smells It’s the smell of food that gets male fruit flies in the romantic mood, says a new study exploring the sexual habits of Drosophila melanogaster. When trying to woo an attractive [...]

5 Reasons Parasites are Beneficial to the Earth

Parasites get a bad rap. By definition, parasites form a relationship that’s characterized by exploitation and dependence. They take advantage of their often-unwitting hosts’ hospitality, often leaving them sick and malnourished [...]

DEET confuses mosquitoes

The insect repellant DEET keeps mosquitoes away by altering scent information picked up by the biting bugs. Credit: CDC.gov DEET is an insect repellant that fights biting backyard bugs like ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes. A DEET-treated arm [...]

Salamander Study Enlists New York City Seventh Graders

Students from Mark Twain I.S. 239 studied salamanders on Staten Island this week. “Be careful!” shouted a seventh grader from Coney Island’s Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 for the Gifted and Talented. “Don’t grab him by the [...]

Small Fixes: Poisoned Nectar Is a Double-Edged Delicacy for Mosquitoes

On what food do mosquitoes live? Orgiastic gouts of human blood that distend their abdomens and render them almost unable to move — right? Well, actually, no.

The winners of NCSE’s bumper sticker contest

We asked you to submit your ideas for a new NCSE bumper sticker, to speak loud, speak proud, for evolution — and by golly you did. NCSE (National Center for Science Eduction) headquarters was flooded with almost 550 entries from almost 150 [...]