Episode 26: December 2015

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December 2015

Episode 26

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In this episode of the eLife podcast we hear about heat-seeking behaviour in mosquitos, mass spawning in coral reefs, social organization in ants, fear in rats and tissue regeneration in newts.

Feel the heat

Mosquitos identify human targets by detecting body heat.

  1. Research Article by Corfas and Vosshall.
  2. Insight by Greppi et al.

For one night only

How can more than 100 different species of coral spawn at the same time?

  1. Short Report by Kaniewska et al.
  2. Insight by Zoccola and Tambutté.

Have no fear

Male rats and female rats respond to stress in different ways.

  1. Short Report by Gruene et al.
  2. Insight by Bangasser.

An evolutionary conundrum

How can natural selection favor the evolution of non-reproductive worker ants?

  1. Research Article by Olejarz et al.
  2. Insight by Doebeli and Abouheif.

The eyes have it

Newts can undergo as many as 19 lens regeneration events.

  1. Research Article by Sousounis et al.