WEIRD ANIMALS

This Insect Has Plant DNA in Its Genome

Whiteflies have a gene only found in plants that appears to allow the tiny insects to withstand plants’ chemical defenses A tiny, aphid-like whitefly sitting on a leaf. (Jixing Xia and Zhaojiang Guo) – By Alex Fox SmithsonianMag.Com 2021 Mar 30 – A …

Billions of cicadas may be coming soon to trees near you

Periodical cicada in Washington, D.C., 2017 May. Katha Schulz/Flickr, CC BY – By John Cooley, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut and Chris Simon, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut 2021 Mar 12 – A big …

Physicists measure the gravitational pull of a ladybug

Researchers have measured the smallest gravitational pull yet – equivalent to about the mass of a ladybug.  yellow2j/Depositphotos  View 4 Images – By Michael Irving 2021 Mar 11 – Of the four fundamental forces, gravity is the one we’re most familiar with in our …

New wellness center lets guests cuddle with cows

Cow cuddling is getting ever more popular, but what’s the science behind using animals for relaxation? Credit: cottonbro from Pexels –  By Scotty Hendricks 2021 Feb 27 – An Indian non-profit hopes to help people relax by giving them cuddle sessions with cows. …