Study on ecology/evolution papers claims that those containing many equations are 50% less likely to be cited later. This article does mention that increasing mathematical education of scientists is a bloody good idea, but other articles have focussed on this quote from one of the authors: “The ideal solution is… to add more explanatory text to take the reader carefully through the assumptions and implications of the theory.” I may have to have a rant about maths in science at some stage.
Why you shouldn’t stomp on cockroaches (I confess that I don’t stomp on cockroaches only because I don’t want anything that gross near my shoe).
It’s like the New York City sewer alligators, but with mosquitoes. And in Sydney.
Fungus infects insect and consumes its nitrogen. Plant does a nitrogen-carbon swap with the fungus. Everyone wins (except maybe the insect). I also did not know that flesh-eating plants evolved the ability to survive in nitrogen-low areas, but TIL.
Magnaporthe oryzae, which infects up to 30% of the world’s rice supply, punches into plants with a pressure up to 40x that of a car tyre.