butterfly

What do soap bubbles and butterflies have in common?

Edith Smith bred a bluer and shinier Common Buckeye at her butterfly farm in Florida, but it took University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Rachel…

At last, butterflies get a bigger, better evolutionary tree

The result is a treasure trove of scientific information stored in the form of millions of butterfly specimens, offering insights into community ecology, how…

The disappearance of common species

Together with their colleagues from the Senckenberg Nature Research Society, scientists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able to show that…

Butterfly wing inspires photovoltaics: Light absorption can be enhanced by up to 200 percent

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy. The wings of the butterfly Pachliopta aristolochiae are drilled by nanostructures (nanoholes) that…

New quantum phenomena in graphene superlattices

Quantum theory is the study of physics at the atomic and sub atomic level. It quantises energy and momentum and shows how objects are characterised as both…

X-rays reveal the photonic crystals in butterfly wings that create color

The results, published today in Science Advances, could help researchers mimic the effect for reflective coatings, fiber optics or other applications.

Evolution painted onto butterfly wings

Using a reverse paint-by-numbers approach, scientists have located another gene that controls the brilliant patterning of Heliconius butterfly wings. Led by…

Single brain cells reveal genes controlling formation, development

Since newly formed neurons were discovered in the hippocampus more than 20 years ago, scientists have identified the many roles they play in learning and…

Mosquitoes more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers

Researchers from the USDA and the University of Florida studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences. This mosquito is…

A New Litmus Test for Chaos?

Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This intriguing question — the title of a talk given by MIT meteorologist Edward…

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