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Emergent division of labor among clonal ants

What are the benefits of living in society? Sociality has long been proposed to be beneficial because groups can divide labor among individuals to increase their efficiency. Some of the most sophisticated forms of division of labor are found in social insects, such as honeybees,... click to read more

  • Yuko Ulrich | Junior Group Leader at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA & University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Daniel J. C. Kronauer | Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA
  • Christopher K. Tokita | PhD candidate at Princeton University, NJ, USA
Views 640
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2019
Salmon are shrinking and you can see it in their genes

The environment in which we and other living beings reside has been quickly modified over the last decades due to climate change and the expansion of human activities. This can result in characteristics of individuals (for example, size at reproduction) that previously gave them the... click to read more

  • Yann Czorlich | PhD student at University of Turku, Natural resources institute Finland, University of Helsinkí
  • Craig Primmer | Academy Professor at Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme - Institute of Biotechnology - Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Views 379
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 4, 2019
How Spiders Catch the Air for Their Flight

Bacteria or sperm cells can swim using a hair-like structure. Other organisms use similar structures to fly, like dandelion and thistle seeds with their parachute hairs. But this mode of flying is not limited to plant seeds. One weird aviator is the spider. Using their... click to read more

  • Moonsung Cho | PhD Student at Institute of Biotechnology, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
Views 520
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 25, 2019
Marine mammals may suffer dire consequences of ancient gene loss

Have you ever lost something? Perhaps you have misplaced your keys or left an umbrella in the bus. Generally speaking, losing things has negative consequences. Without your keys, you might be locked out of your house or car, and without your umbrella, you might get... click to read more

Views 961
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2019
The conundrum of spontaneous (un)cooperation in pine sawflies

It might seem that there is always someone who works a little less than others in a group. Especially if the participation in a collective effort comes with a price. This may be the case with groups of people aiming at a common goal and... click to read more

  • Antti Miettinen | Master student at Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Carita Lindstedt | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Views 1365
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 25, 2019