Category: James Traniello

Foxborough father may have been stung by ‘aggressive’ yellow jackets, experts say

The Boston Globe James Traniello Two biology professors who study bees speculate the Massachusetts man who died after being stung Saturday could have been attacked by yellow jackets… Expert quote: “If you were being attacked by either wasps or bees, the first thing you probably think of is a bee. I think that the likelihood of […]

Junkie Ants Show That Insects Can Be Addicts, Too

Smithsonian James Traniello, College of Arts & Sciences The temporary euphoria associated with opioids comes at a steep price: heroin, oxycodone, opium, morphine and other painkilling drugs are some of the highly addictive culprits fueling the drug epidemic that is sweeping America… Expert quote: “The results are very interesting, but perhaps not unusual given the […]

Game of Ants: two new species named after Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons

The Guardian James Traniello, College of Arts & Sciences Two new ant species with spiny back barbs reminded scientists so much of the Khaleesi’s dragons they named them Pheidole drogon and Pheidole viserion… Expert quote: “It’s intriguing that these ants have such amazing spines, and interesting to consider that they may serve a function other […]

US Navy invests in bomb-tracking cyborg locusts

Christian Science Monitor James Traniello, College of Arts & Sciences Researchers seek to harness the locust’s acute sense of smell for potential military use… Expert quote: “I do think that insects could have advantages due to their small size, making them difficult to detect and more effective in entering spatially restrictive areas. Some insects fly, others […]

Do polygamous marriages among liberal arts disciplines produce better scientists?

The Conversation US By James Traniello, College of Arts & Sciences At a time when states are proposing to cut funding to nudge students away from the humanities toward “more job-friendly” STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects, I want to make a confession: I am the love child of an affair between academic worlds. […]

When they’re not busy weaving leaves, these ants make great insecticides

Grist James Traniello, College of Arts & Sciences Humans have spent millions of dollars to develop the next best pesticide system, building smart technology like sensors, drones, and autonomous robots to more accurately spray pesticides on crops… Expert quote: “There’s a renaissance use of weaver ants as pest controllers and proteins, which are positive indicators, but how broad it […]