Richard Pallardy
Richard Pallardy
Writer, skeptic, critic, naturalist. Bylines: @VICE, @ScienceMagazine, @Britannica, @RoyalSocBio, @ODDAmagazine, @Raconteur / @TheTimes, @Hidden_CompassSource
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Bees and hoverflies gobble fake pollen, benefiting both insect and plant

Bees and hoverflies gobble fake pollen, benefiting both insect and plant

Orchids are among the most devious flowering plants on the planet. Many species trick pollinators into helping them reproduce. Some release sex pheromones that attract male insects, whereas others make fake pollen to tempt bees and other pollinators with the promise of a meal. Scientists have now shown this pseudopollen isn’t just an alluring counterfeit: It’s as nutritious as the real thing. The work is “a step forward” for the field says Kevin Davies, a botanist and specialist in orchid anatomy at Cardiff University who was not involved with the research. This is the first time scientists...

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The Gulf of California May Be an Overlooked Home for Great White Sharks

The Gulf of California May Be an Overlooked Home for Great White Sharks

This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at .Between June and December 2017 alone, eight fishermen operating out of Isla San Esteban, Mexico, illegally caught and killed as many as 14 great white sharks. Plying the waters of the Gulf of California in small boats known as pangas, they hunted down the enormous fish, hauled them to remote beaches, and dismembered them. To conceal their activity, they mixed the flesh in with their legal catch. From each shark the fishermen kept a tooth. From one, they...

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