Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Study Suggests

Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Study Suggests

When the going gets tough, the tough ought to thank their fathers. New research from Brigham Young University shows that dads are in a unique position to help their adolescent children develop persistence. BYU professors Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day arrived at...
Pitcher Plant Uses Rain Drops to Capture Prey

Pitcher Plant Uses Rain Drops to Capture Prey

During heavy rain, the lid of Nepenthes gracilis pitchers acts like a springboard, catapulting insects that seek shelter on its underside directly into the fluid-filled pitcher, new research has found. The findings were published June 13, in the journal PLoS ONE....
Climate Change to Alter Global Fire Risk

Climate Change to Alter Global Fire Risk

Climate change is widely expected to disrupt future fire patterns around the world, with some regions, such as the western United States, seeing more frequent fires within the next 30 years, according to a new analysis led by researchers at the University of...
Highest-Energy Light from a Solar Flare Ever Detected

Highest-Energy Light from a Solar Flare Ever Detected

A solar flare is an explosive blast of light and charged particles. The powerful March 7 flare, which earned a classification of X5.4 based on the peak intensity of its X-rays, is the strongest eruption so far observed by Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT). The...
Wing Bling: For Female Butterflies, Flashier Is Better

Wing Bling: For Female Butterflies, Flashier Is Better

If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones...