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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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ScienceShot: Go Into the (Street) Light
22 May 2012 7:01 pm
Any camper knows that moths and other flying insects love the glow of a bright lamp. Now a new study reveals that even creepy crawlies are drawn to the light. When researchers scrounged through the grass of the city of Helston in the United Kingdom, they discovered that creatures such as ants, beetles, and daddy longlegs were far more likely to congregate in spots where the glow from street lights was brightest. This could make spotting food easier, the researchers speculate. The effect seems to be permanent, too: The same scuttling creatures stuck around the shiny locales even during the day, the team reports online today in Biology Letters. This suggests that manmade luminescence (two examples shown above) may have long-lasting impacts on natural ecosystems, changing which species live—and dine—in certain communities and potentially reordering local food webs. Now that's one powerful lamp.
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