Yao-Hua Law

Yao-Hua Law is a freelance science writer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All Stories by Yao-Hua Law

  1. a colugo mother hanging in a tree with a baby colugo peeking over her leg

    On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops

    Our reporter tags along for nighttime observations of these elusive gliding mammals.

  2. Animals

    Bright yellow spots help some orb weaver spiders lure their next meal

    Experiments with cardboard arachnids suggest that orb weaver spiders have evolved yellow colorations on their undersides to attract bees and moths.

  3. bumblebee

    Collectors find plenty of bees but far fewer species than in the 1950s

    An analysis of global insect collections points to a major collapse in bee diversity since the 1990s.

  4. insect egg shapes

    Why some insect eggs are spherical while others look like hot dogs

    Analyzing a new database of insect eggs’ sizes and shapes suggests that where eggs are laid helps explain some of their diversity of forms.

  5. uprooted plant

    Some plants use hairy roots and acid to access nutrients in rock

    Shrubs in mountainous areas of Brazil have specialized roots that secrete chemicals to extract phosphorus from rock.

  6. Soprano pipistrelle bats

    A scientist used chalk in a box to show that bats use sunsets to migrate

    A new device for investigating bat migration suggests that the flying mammals orient themselves by the setting sun.

  7. land hermit crab

    Hermit crabs are drawn to the smell of their own dead

    A new study finds that the smell of hermit crab flesh attracts other hermit crabs of the same species desperately looking for a larger shell.

  8. Macrotermes termites

    Poison toilet paper reveals how termites help rainforests resist drought

    Novel use of poisoned toilet paper rolls and teabags led to discovery that termites help tropical forests resist droughts.

  9. honeybees on a honeycomb

    Rebel honeybee workers lay eggs when their queen is away

    A honeybee queen’s absence in the colony triggers some workers to turn queen-like and lay eggs, sometimes in other colonies.

  10. macaque
    Health & Medicine

    Malaysia is ground zero for the next malaria menace

    With deforestation in Malaysia, monkeys and humans are getting closer — and mosquitoes are infecting humans with malaria from monkeys.

  11. Nematode worm

    While eating, these tiny worms release chemicals to lure their next meal

    As they eat insects, one nematode species releases chemicals that attract more insect prey.

  12. Southern pig-tail macaques

    Malaysia’s pig-tail macaques eat rats, head first

    Pig-tail macaques are seen as a menace on Malaysian palm oil plantations, but may be helping to reduce rodent populations.