The Pallas's long-tongued bat has a neat trick at the tip of its tongue — tiny hairlike structures that fill with blood and stand straight out. This turns the tongue into a nectar-slurping mop at just the right time.
For centuries, explorers tried to find la Ciudad Blanca, a fabled city in the rain forests of Central America. Dense jungle impeded efforts to uncover it. Douglas Preston tells the story of a team who used light detection technology to survey the iconic ruins from the air.
Instead of traveling alongside picturesque beaches, this boat takes passengers on a tour of the nation's busiest shipping terminal. The sightseeing includes sea lions and trash, juxtaposing Long Beach's commercial might with a fragile ecosystem.
In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association released the first edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM. Before the publication of a newly revised fifth edition later this month, we talk with an author and practicing psychotherapist about the history and future of the manual.
The brown marmorated stink bug tops the USDA's list of most invasive insects. Since arriving on the East Coast aboard a ship from Asia, they've spread to 40 states and threaten billions of dollars in crops. In this month's Environmental Outlook, we look at the biology and ecology of stink bugs and efforts to control their invasion.
Miniaturizing technology is really hard — gears, rotors, belts and pistons that work perfectly at human size just don't work very well at the small scale. So researchers are turning to insects for ideas about how to make tiny flying robots and cameras — and driving a new generation of gadgets.
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