Yao-Hua Law

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

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  1. insect egg shapes
    Ecosystems

    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.

  2. uprooted plant
    Plants

    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.

  3. Soprano pipistrelle bats
    Animals

    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.

  4. land hermit crab
    Animals

    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.

  5. Macrotermes termites
    Animals

    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.

  6. honeybees on a honeycomb
    Animals

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Nematode worm
    Animals

    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.

  9. Southern pig-tail macaques
    Animals

    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.

  10. Male bigeye houndshark
    Animals

    Surprise! This shark looks like a male on the outside, but it’s made babies

    External male reproductive organs hid internal female capacity to give birth among hermaphrodite sharks in India.

  11. leaf-cutter ants
    Animals

    Leaf-cutter ants pick up the pace when they sense rain

    Leaf-cutter ants struggle to carry wet leaves, so they run to avoid rain.

  12. African pouch rat
    Animals

    With a little convincing, rats can detect tuberculosis

    TB-sniffing rats prove more accurate in detecting infection, especially in children, than the most commonly used diagnostic tool.