Mar. 13, 2013

The Dish on Locusts

by The Bug Chicks

Last week, parts of the Middle East experienced something we've probably all heard of: a locust plague.

locust, plague, grasshopper, Israel, Egypt
Mar. 07, 2013

The Future of Women's History

by The Bug Chicks

We may never make history, but each week we teach young women who could, particularly in the sciences.

careers, science, women, bravery, insects, workshops, Women's History Month, St. Mary's Academy
Mar. 07, 2013

Don't Miss This Comet!

by Ira Flatow

Visible With the Naked Eye

comet, PANSTARR, space, astronomy
Feb. 20, 2013

Open Invitation to Lamar Smith, House Science Committee Chairman: Accepted

by Ira Flatow

Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.

asteroid 2012 DA14, Lamar Smith, House Science Committee, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Russia, meteor, Russian meteor, asteroid, asteroids, deflecting asteroid
Feb. 13, 2013

Entomology in One Word

by The Bug Chicks

We asked scientists from every discipline in entomology to describe the field in one word.

entomology, video, conference, career
Feb. 12, 2013

Battle of the Electric Cars: "Hydrogen Sucks," Says Elon Musk

by Ira Flatow

War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries

elon musk; Tesla; batteries; fuel cells; cars; hydrogen fuel; hydrogen; Edison; Westinghouse; current wars
Jan. 29, 2013

Flatow File: Spider Webs, Tractor Beams, and Beer

by Ira Flatow

This week, I'm focusing on some really geeky -- I should say Benjie* -- research that caught my eye. Be ready for some gorgeous graphics and hi-tech talk.

Star Trek, Physics, Spider
Jan. 23, 2013

The Scorpion & the Bully

by The Bug Chicks

Being different isn't easy.

scorpion, bullies, kids, video
Jan. 22, 2013

Flatow File: Water on Mars, Sea Creatures, NFL Concussions

by Ira Flatow

Once more, lots of intriguing stories making the news this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

Jan. 09, 2013

Got Kids? Make a Video!

by The Bug Chicks

What better way to teach research, writing, and presentation skills than with a video production class?

video, millipedes, class, biology, insects, nature
Jan. 03, 2013

I May Have Found My Bulb!

by Ira Flatow

For years I've been searching for the best light bulb, and I may have found it.

Jan. 02, 2013

Pink Katydids

by The Bug Chicks

Some genetic mutations are beautiful!

pink, katydid, erythrism, mutations, insects
Dec. 19, 2012

Happy Holidays!

by The Bug Chicks

We wanted to thank all the readers of the Bug Chick's blog for a great year with a free digital coloring sheet of an armoured ground cricket!

holidays, coloring book, armoured ground cricket, gift
Dec. 10, 2012

The Beaver With the Stumpy Tail

by Kara Rogers

While the more familiar North American beaver sports a spanking big tail, which serves variously as a rudder, a prop, a fat store, and a communication device, the mountain beaver gets along just fine with its stunted and furry rear appendage.

nature, animals, mountain beaver, Aplodontia rufa, North American beaver, Castor
Dec. 05, 2012

What's a BioBlitz?

by The Bug Chicks

A 24-hour species identification challenge in an Oregon city park shows citizen scientists the diversity of urban wildlife.

BioBlitz, Forest Park, Portland, Citizen Science, video
Dec. 03, 2012

Kermit the Frog's Chubby Cousin

by Kara Rogers

The Australian green tree frog has big eyes, a friendly demeanor, and a bit of a pot belly, all of which bring to mind certain traits of Muppet star Kermit the Frog.

Australian green tree frog, Litoria caerulea, Kermit the Frog, nature, animals
Nov. 28, 2012

Earwigs: Beating a Bad Rap

by The Bug Chicks

Many insects are pegged with an undeserved bad reputation. Earwigs are a great example.

video, Bug Chicks, earwigs, Texas A&M, entomology, science
Nov. 26, 2012

Strange Fish

by Kara Rogers

Dr. Seuss's McElligot's Pool (1947) features some fantastic fish—ones with pinwheel-like tails, curly noses, long floppy ears, or Kangaroo pouches. The fictional fish do have some truly strange nonfictional cousins, among which are giant oarfish, barreleye fish, and sawfish.

giant oarfish, barreleye fish, sawfish, McElligot's Pool, strange fish
Nov. 14, 2012

A Meeting of (Ento)Minds

by The Bug Chicks

What happens at a scientific conference?

conference, entomolgoy, insects, The Bug Chicks, research, vendors, Knoxville
Nov. 07, 2012

A Whipspider Surprise

by The Bug Chicks

During our visit to Costa Rica in March, we came across an arachnid with unexpected companions.

Costa Rica, amblypygid, parasitiod, flies, arachnid
Nov. 06, 2012

The Plant That Ran with Buffalo

by Kara Rogers

Running buffalo clover produces a single, spiked flower, one that is quintessentially clover. But unlike other clovers, running buffalo is endangered -- it was once even thought to be extinct, for reasons that are reflected in its name.

running buffalo clover, Trifolium stoloniferum, American bison, Bluegrass region, disturbance
Nov. 05, 2012

Post Sandy: Are You More Likely Now to Buy an Electric Car?

by Ira Flatow

Does hurricane Sandy make you any more inclined to buy an electric vehicle?

Sandy, global warming, climate, renewable energy, electric cars
Nov. 01, 2012

Sandy: Katrina Redux

by Ira Flatow

Are Katrina and Sandy linked to climate change?

sandy, global warming, climate, Katrina
Oct. 31, 2012

Magical Language of 'Bug'

by The Bug Chicks

It’s always amazing to me that no matter the circumstance, no matter the place, kids want to talk bugs with us. All children, all over the world speak 'bug'.

Kenya, research, science, entomology, travel, bugs, insects, education
Oct. 29, 2012

Quarrelsome Corals: Aggression on the Reef

by Kara Rogers

Stony corals can vomit digestive filaments on their neighbors to disintegrate competitors for space and light.

coral aggression, coral reef, Ctenella chagius, aggression hierarchy
Oct. 22, 2012

Riverside's Rodent: The Kangaroo Rat that Stood Up to Development

by Kara Rogers

The endangered Stephen's kangaroo rat actually is not a rat -- it is more closely related to rodents such as squirrels and gophers than it is to notorious pests like the Norway rat and house rat.

Stephen's kangaroo rat, coastal sage scrub, conservation, March Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Preserve, nature
Oct. 17, 2012

Late Bloomers

by The Bug Chicks

The other day we caught a glimpse of an insect that's usually seen in the spring -- the mayfly! Check out this video to learn more about these short-lived insects.

autumn, mayfly, cultural entomology, aquatic, bugs, insects
Oct. 15, 2012

Frosted Flowers: The Complexity of Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains

by Kara Rogers

Like many other species of subalpine and alpine wildflowers, each year, as the winter snowpack recedes, the glacier lily comes to life, sprouting leaves and flowers as soon as conditions are favorable and taking advantage of every moment of the short growing season.

rocky mountains, wildflowers, climate change, frost damage, glacier lily, aspen sunflower
Oct. 10, 2012

Silverfish: Your Quiet Roommates

by The Bug Chicks

What's that silver insect in your bathroom sink? A silverfish! Check out our video to learn about these ancient animals.

silverfish, The Bug Chicks, hexapod, video, nature, bugs, insects
Oct. 09, 2012

How to 'Break' Einstein's Speed Limit

by Ira Flatow

Can you legally break Einstein's speed limit?

einstein, ira, physics
Oct. 03, 2012

Tarantula ICU

by The Bug Chicks

When a tarantula is sick and weak, what do you do? Stick it in the ICU!

tarantula, care, icu, pets, spider, bug chicks,
Sep. 27, 2012

Rover Finds Ancient Stream Bed on Mars

by Ira Flatow

NASA's rover has discovered an ancient stream bed on Mars.

mars, mars rover, curiosity, space, space exploration, water on mars
Sep. 26, 2012

Head Lice: Itching for the Facts

by The Bug Chicks

'Tis the season! The kids are back in school and head lice are going to be on the forefront of parents' minds. It can be hard to find facts on these animals when internet searches provide myths, fear, and outdated remedies. But The Bug Chicks are here to teach about the insects themselves. Arm yourself with knowledge! (And a good nit comb.)

head lice, lice, phthiraptera, kids, school, itch, nits, bugs, insects
Sep. 25, 2012

Return of the Flame Challenge: Kids, What Would You Ask Next?

by Leslie Taylor

Attention 10 to 12-year-olds! Alan Alda wants to know what question you would like scientists to answer.

science education, flame challenge, Alan Alda, education, science communication, education, kids
Sep. 19, 2012

Cool Characters

by The Bug Chicks

Cooler weather is on it's way, but we're not worried! We've planned some winter expeditions to find insects in the sea caves and glacial fields of Oregon.

boreidae, scorpionflies, insects, bugs, crickets
Sep. 18, 2012

Track the Monarch Migration Using Your iPhone!

by Leslie Taylor

Depending where you live, you may have recently started to see an influx of orange and black winged visitors. The monarch butterflies have begun their fall migration.

butterflies, monarchs, nature, insects, monarch migration, citizen science, science app, migration tracker, education
Sep. 17, 2012

Children and Nature: The Need for Safe Places of Exploration

by Kara Rogers

More than half the world's population now lives in urban areas, which means that, combined with the loss of nature from urban sprawl, fewer children than ever have the chance to walk out their back doors and into a natural world of discovery.

children, nature, exploration
Sep. 13, 2012

Sea Ice and Heat: A Vicious Cycle

by Lisa Gardiner

You can make a simple model that shows how the color of ice and water impacts temperature.

sea ice, climate change, global warming, arctic, hands-on activity, albedo, solar radiation,
Sep. 12, 2012

Insectivus for the Rest of Us

by The Bug Chicks

For bug lovers, there are lots of cool events happening all over the country.

bugs, insects, festivals, insect festival, bug celebration, EntoBlitz, Bug Bowl
Sep. 11, 2012

See Ya, Sea Ice.

by Lisa Gardiner

This autumn, new records are being set for the minimum amount of sea ice in the Arctic. On August 26, the extent of ice diminished to less than it has ever been -- at least in the 30 years we've been watching it with satellites.

climate change, arctic, sea ice, global warming, arctic ocean, arctic ice melt
Sep. 10, 2012

Foresight in the Arctic: Predation and Preservation

by Kara Rogers

Do Arctic wolves use cooperative hunting strategies?

nature, wolves, wolf, global warming, arctic, climate change, sea ice, musk ox, carbon dioxide
Sep. 05, 2012

Name That Asteroid!

by Leslie Taylor

Students, NASA needs your help to find the perfect name for a near-Earth asteroid that will be visited by spacecraft later this decade.

asteroids, planets, space, space flight, planet formation, education, student contest, asteroid naming contest
Sep. 05, 2012

Insectos en Español? Que fantástico!

by The Bug Chicks

Learn about the yucca moth and the yucca plant and why pollinators are so important. In English and Spanish!

insects, bugs, pollinators, pollination, mutualism, yucca moth, yucca moth
Sep. 04, 2012

3D Mars Curiosity Photo

by Ira Flatow

Mars, Curiosity, 3D, Rover,
Sep. 04, 2012

Delmarva Peninsula's Endangered Squirrel

by Kara Rogers

The Delmarva fox squirrel is a very, very large squirrel. It can tip the scales at as many as three pounds.

squirrels, animals, endangered species, nature, gray squirrel
Aug. 29, 2012

Insects and Human Society: Webspinners

by The Bug Chicks

You’ve probably all seen silk webbing in the ridges of tree bark. It could be a spider’s web, or it could’ve been made by the elusive and shy insects called webspinners in the Order Embiidina.

bugs, insects, entomology
Aug. 27, 2012

A Warbler Rises from the Ashes

by Kara Rogers

Down to just 167 singing males in 1987, the Kirtland's warbler population has rebounded, with 1,828 males counted in 2011. The species has risen, almost literally, like a phoenix from the ashes.

warbler, bird, nature, kirtland's warbler,
Aug. 22, 2012

Insect Collecting: Pan and Baited Traps

by The Bug Chicks

A few weeks ago we showed you how to make a piece of insect collecting equipment called a beat sheet. In this post, we’re going to add pan traps and baited traps to your DIY collecting tools.

bugs, insects, entomology, bug collecting, nature
Aug. 20, 2012

The Fabled Jackdaw

by Kara Rogers

The jackdaw's intelligence and curiosity perpetuate the bird's tendency to get into trouble.

birds, ornithology, nature, natural history, crows, jackdaw
Aug. 16, 2012

Hot Guys and Smelly Socks

by Danica McKellar

An excerpt from the book "Girls Get Curves" by Danica McKellar provides an introduction to logic and reasoning.

math, mathematics, math education, education, science education, girls, geometry

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