It's a love story—so who cares if the lovers are a little unattractive? We can't all be Snow Whites and Prince Charmings. I'm talking about the love affair between fruit flies and brewer's yeast, which scientists so kindly described in a paper published last week in the journal Cell Reports.
We may hate our invasive cane toads, they might be the poster-bufo of how introducing species can get out of hand, but damn if they aren't the best bloody cane toads in the world! Australian toads have evolved to hop straighter and farther than ever before. That means they're spreading faster than ever through Australia, sparking worries that they'll harm native species in places where they've never lived before. Twenty-six years after the debut of Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, it seems scientists are still struggling to control the large, poisonous toad.
Giant clams loom large on coral reefs, their gaping maws filled with bright lights. On other mollusks, this iridescence is a camouflage, guiding the eye away from the creature’s body. Recent research published in the Royal Society of Science’s journal Interface reveals that these patches of iridescence filter and distribute light for algae that grows inside the clams.
The America bison (whose scientific name, we’re delighted to report, is Bison bison bison) used to roam across the prairies by the millions, but hunting culled them to near extinction. Bison have since bounced back, often by interbreeding with cattle. Yellowstone’s population of 5,000 bison is the largest and most genetically pure, but it has a problem: Although the 145 bison to be given away have a clean bill of health, many of the park's bison are carrying a disease that devastates livestock herds.