The science of swarms will blow your mind

Here are two things you should do immediately. One: watch this. It's a jaw-dropping video of starlings in flight that will straight up give you chills. The swirling cloud of birds is called a "murmuration," and it's just one example of how animals in very large groups can engage in remarkably coordinated collective… » 3/22/13 10:23am 3/22/13 10:23am

The extinct were-beasts of the American midwest

And people say were-animals don't exist! One particular were-beast nearly wiped out the pioneers before anyone realized that it even had two different forms — or what, exactly, made its harmless version transform into something far more deadly. » 3/14/13 9:20am 3/14/13 9:20am

Why locust swarms seem to hit those who are already suffering the most

With a swarming locust consuming its own bodyweight in food every day, the many-tonne swarms can utterly destroy a farmer's livelihood. But why is it that they seem to target farms that already aren't doing well? » 1/27/12 11:20am 1/27/12 11:20am

Why swarming locusts grow giant brains

When the conditions are just right, solitary grasshoppers undergo a terrifying transformation that converts them into masses of swarming locusts that destroy crops. New research reveals why swarming locusts grow much bigger brains than ordinary grasshoppers. » 5/26/10 6:00pm 5/26/10 6:00pm

Locusts Look Before They Leap, Scientists Realize

Scientists have discovered that locusts literally look where they're going, and this discovery about the importance of visual input may mean that bugs are a lot smarter than we thought they were... » 12/27/09 10:00am 12/27/09 10:00am