We May Have Solved the Mystery of the Dying Bees

For over a decade, a disease called colony collapse disorder has been destroying bee populations worldwide. Because bees pollinate many of our staple crops, their deaths threaten our food supplies. Now, new evidence is solidifying a case against the likely culprit in their deaths. » 5/13/14 5:16pm 5/13/14 5:16pm

25,000 Bees Discovered Dead in Oregon Parking Lot

National Pollinator Week kicked off with a dark twist of irony Monday, when tens of thousands of bumblebees, honeybees, ladybugs and other insects were found dead or dying in a Target parking lot in Oregon. Now, early signs strongly suggest insecticides may be to blame. » 6/21/13 6:45am 6/21/13 6:45am

Why cigarette butts are good for birds

Many birds will use whatever they can get their beaks on to construct their nests — including cigarette butts. Now, new research suggests that there might be a side benefit to using discarded cigarettes for nest materials: it seems to keep the bugs out. » 12/07/12 7:40am 12/07/12 7:40am

Ant species uses chemical warfare to kill termites from afar

You don't want to mess with the African ant species Crematogaster striatula — and neither do other insects. This species has a built-in "gas gun" that can paralyze its enemies, giving them a secret weapon in their endless war against termites. » 12/14/11 5:00pm 12/14/11 5:00pm

Ancient humans understood medicine and insecticides over 77,000 years…

We know the history of medicine stretches deep into prehistory, but its exact origins remain mysterious. Simple surgery dates back to the stone age, and now there's evidence of basic medical knowledge that dates back to the dawn of humanity. » 12/08/11 5:00pm 12/08/11 5:00pm