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Homing pigeons find their way home by smelling the air

Many animals use chemical signals for defense, foraging and mating. However, little is known about the perception of smell by birds. A long-standing question – which we addressed in a new study – is how homing pigeons (or messenger pigeons) can 'smell' their way home... click to read more

  • Nora Zannoni | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
Views 151
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 15, 2021
How can a pathogen subvert honey bee social behaviors to increase its success?

Honey bees are important pollinators. However, like us, they can become hosts to many pathogens. As a social species living in enormous colonies, honey bees have evolved many behavioral defenses to deal with disease, for example changes in social contact. However, as new pathogens continue... click to read more

  • Amy C. Geffre | PhD Student at Division of Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego, California, USA
  • Adam G. Dolezal | Assistant Professor at Department of Entomology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, United States
Views 375
Reading time 4 min
published on May 21, 2021
Ancient Mesoamerica demonstrates we’ve been ballgame lovers for more than 3000 years

Have you ever wondered about the origin of your favorite ballgame? It is perhaps much earlier than you guess. Mesoamerica – a center of ancient civilizations that flourished for over 3000 years before the Spanish invasion occurred – has evidence for ancient ballgames. In fact,... click to read more

Views 272
Reading time 4 min
published on May 18, 2021
Raincoats in nature: waterproof armors for insects and plants

Raining is perhaps spectacular, but for small insects or plant leaves, fast-falling raindrops with high impact can be very dangerous. Imagine how scary if bowling balls are falling at your head from the sky. What kind of trick do they use to protect themselves? As a... click to read more

  • Sunghwan Jung | Associate Professor at Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, New York, USA
Views 373
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 30, 2021
Have the ancestors become too much to bear? Emergence of cremation 9000 years ago in the Near East

Caring for the dead is a significant issue in all societies. While burials were known since at least 120,000 years ago, it was an unusual practice in the Near East throughout the Paleolithic period. It only became common practice when people adopted a sedentary lifestyle,... click to read more

  • Fanny Bocquentin | Tenure at National Center of Scientific Research and Equipe Ethnologie Préhistorique, MSH Mondes, Nanterre, France
Views 365
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Apr 23, 2021