Willing To Be

Light Colors Become Fashion Rage for Northern Europe's Insects ¶ June 18

For insects in Europe, climate change has led to habitat change. In the past couple of decades, for example, Mediterranean butterfly and dragonfly species have been found flying around places previously off limits to them—new new northern climes such as Germany.

Now a study in Nature Communications finds a colorful reason for the northern expansion. As northern Europe warms, the light-colored butterflies and dragonflies typically found in the Mediterranean find themselves able to survive in the newly warmer north, and to even outcompete their darker-colored rivals. [Dirk Zeuss et al, Global warming favours light-coloured insects in Europe]

Lighter colors reflect sunlight while dark colors absorb it and heat up. Hence chocolate ice cream melts in the sun faster than vanilla. Lighter-colored insects thus function well in warmer climates. They don’t overheat as easily and can stay active longer, giving them a leg up—well, six legs up—in our warming world. 

The researchers say this migration of insects shows that climate change isn’t something that’s coming—it’s already happening. And it could drastically affect which insects up end up where. Which will in turn affect us.

—Erika Beras

[The above text is a transcript of this podcast.]

[Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.]


International Qadiani Operation ¶ October 15

Qadiani Hierarchy is never behind in their anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistan activities. In recent months, ever since the Military Government has taken over in Pakistan, Mirza Tahir has once again been having dreams of somehow returning to Pakistan by getting the blasphemy law repealed, anti-Qadiani law scrapped.

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Certifi ¶ April 25

Overview Benefits of Certification Why Work With NSF? Certification Process What Is SFI Certified Sourcing? Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified sourcing provides a reliable means of assuring that raw material in a forest-based product is sourced in a sustainable manner.

How to Use Pro Tools with SoundCloud ¶ July 7

You might be aware that SoundCloud has quickly become one of the most popular ways to share audio via the Internet. And you probably know that, despite the other amazing DAWs available to recording artists and engineers, Pro Tools remains to be the industry standard for audio production software.