Drugged, Castrated, Eager to Mate: the Lives of Fungi-Infected Cicadas

Science|Drugged, Castrated, Eager to Mate: the Lives of Fungi-Infected CicadasTrilobites“This really has all the elements of a sci-fi horror story,” a mycologist said.It turned out that infected annual cicadas, which rise each year, were under the influence of psilocybin, while infected periodical cicadas, which emerge after more than a decade, were drugged with cathinone. Read more »

The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner Lives

Science|The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner LivesTrilobitesYes, there is such a thing as a vampire finch.Yes, there is such a thing as a vampire finch. Read more »

Can the Paris Climate Goals Save Lives? Yes, a Lot of Them, Researchers Say

The greatest risk of increased heat fatalities is in northern cities like New York and Boston, a study has found.Under the Paris climate agreement, 195 countries pledged to cut their greenhouse gas in an effort to hold global warming to two degrees Celsius, or 3. Read more »

A Signal in Giant Earthquakes That Could Save Lives

That means that the final magnitude of a quake could be determined in as little as 10 to 15 seconds after it begins, and long before it ends.]A single-digit leap in earthquake magnitude means that 32 times more energy is being released. Read more »