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Mosquitoes Have Flying, Blood-Sucking Parasites of Their Own

The biting midge Culicoides (Trithecoides) anophelis Edwards is a predator of engorged mosquitoes, which was first described by Edwards in 1922 [1].At least 19 mosquito species in the genera Anopheles, Culex, Aedes and Armigeres have been documented as hosts of C...

October 6, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer

Racerunner Lizards of the World Unite

Today we're here because of the lacertid lizards, the Old World clade that includes Eurasian wall lizards, green lizards, fringe-toed lizards and a great number of less familiar species groups that rarely get much attention outside of the specialist literature...

October 4, 2014 — Darren Naish

Glowing Octopus Bacteria Light Up Living Lamp [Video]

Octopuses might be charismatic, but not many can literally light up a room. One enterprising designer, however, has figured out how to repurpose bacteria from rare glowing deep-sea octopuses for terrestrial illumination...

October 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
Looking Back on 30 Science Artists in 30 Days

Looking Back on 30 Science Artists in 30 Days

For three years now we have been celebrating science artists here on Symbiartic. Every September we have stepped it up a notch to feature a different science artist each day in our September SciArt Blitz...

October 1, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Chimp-Violence Researchers Respond to Criticism on Cross-Check

Is chimpanzee violence a product of nature or nurture? Genes or environment? Two weeks ago Nature published a report, "Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts," in which 30 primatologists came down on the side of nature...

October 1, 2014 — John Horgan
Superbugs should scare you more than Ebola in US

Ebola in US—No Need to Panic

The first case of Ebola in the United States was announced today, with a patient in Dallas who traveled to the US from Liberia. The resultant hysteria and xenophobia prompts this reminder...

September 30, 2014 — Judy Stone
Wildscreen Film Festival: Here I come!

Wildscreen Film Festival: Here I come!

I’m thrilled to be a speaker at the Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol, UK in a few weeks. Wildscreen is a highlight for film, television and digital media inspired by nature and biology...

September 30, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Interstellar Environments May Breed Complex Organic Molecules

If biologically important organic molecules like amino acids could form in interstellar space, the implications would be enormous. On the Earth we find plenty of amino acid species inside certain types of meteorites, so at a minimum these compounds can form during the assembly of a proto-stellar, proto-planetary system (at least this one) and end [...]..

September 30, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

First Common Octopus Cannibalism Filmed In the Wild

Perhaps it’s time we stopped feeling quite so bad about eating octopus. Octopuses dine on other octopuses, too. And for the first time, that behavior has been caught on video in the common octopus in the wild—three times...

September 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately

I’ve been over-posting this month, so I’m going to make my monthly “Cool Sh*t” post short. (See last month’s candidates here.) Below are three articles that offer provocative takes by smart, informed authors on important topics...

September 30, 2014 — John Horgan

Deforestation Threatens Newly Identified Bird in Brazil

Discovering a new species isn't always as easy as saying “Look, there’s a new species!” In the case of a rare bird recently identified in Brazil, it took about 20 years for scientists to gather enough evidence to classify it as a new species...

September 29, 2014 — John R. Platt
Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

Now That’s a Wee Little Infographic

  53 million years old, and it may be the smallest mammal that has ever lived. Batodonoides vanhouteni was a shrew-like mammal that scientific illustrator Jen Christiansen has deftly described in this illustration...

September 28, 2014 — Glendon Mellow
Is There Anything the Mimic Octopus *Can’t* Do?

Is There Anything the Mimic Octopus *Can’t* Do?

According to science comic, xkcd, the answer is no: For the past 25 days, we have been showing off a different artist each day who is working at the intersection of science and art.

September 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Two New Arrivals Send Back Pictures Of Mars

The skies of Mars just got a little more crowded. On September 21st, 2014 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) fired its engines for some 33 minutes in order to swing into a safe orbit...

September 26, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Hybrid Corals: Sex Gone Awry or Saving Grace?

Hybrid Corals: Sex Gone Awry or Saving Grace?

As the full moons of late summer and fall rise, so too, does the libido of threatened staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals.

September 25, 2014 — Marah J. Hardt
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”