New Exo-Venus simulations should help astrobiologists interpret NASA's TESS data
October 29, 2018
In preparation for what TESS and other new spacecraft will find, astrobiologists have simulated the climate of a potential Venus. A new paper by UCR's Stephen Kane suggests a model for the sun's energy impact on Venus is found with the exoplanet Kepler-1649b and its star. “It is almost identical to the Venus of our own solar system in terms of size and the energy it receives from its host star,” Kane said.
Step aside, honeybees, there’s a new pollinator in town. Hollis Woodard of University of California, Riverside shares the intricate life cycle of bumblebees, whose queens spend most of their life cycles solitary and underground, but then emerge in the spring to single-handedly forage for food, build a nest, and start colonies that eventually grow to number hundreds.
With happy couples, it's always we, we, we... have you noticed? So observes Arwa Mahdawi, a relationships columnist for The Guardian. To the writer's (mock) irritation, "we" and "us" instead of "you" and "I" is a key to good relationships. She cites research by the lab of UCR's Megan Robbins.
UC Riverside entomologist Hollis Woodard is featured in a Science Friday video that takes a look at how bumblebees make their queens. They don't make queens like honeybees; Woodard says the key may lie with bee vomit.