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January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

Flies Release Neuronal Brakes to Fly Longer

Jan. 8, 2019 — In a new study, researchers describe how groups of different neurons connect up to make insect flight possible for longer ... read more

Jan. 8, 2019 — A diving beetle demonstrating various adaptations to the life underground, including depigmentation and evolutionary loss of eyes, was discovered in the cave Soprador do Carvalho, Portugal. This new ... read more

Jan. 7, 2019 — An international team of scientists, involving entomologists, conservation biologists, agro-ecologists and geographers, has just revealed how on-farm biological control can slow the pace of tropical ... read more

For First Time, Researchers Can Measure Insecticide on Surface of Mosquito Nets

Jan. 2, 2019 — Insecticide-infused mosquito netting is in widespread use around the world to limit the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. Researchers have now come up with a technique that measures ... read more

Jan. 2, 2019 — The monarch butterfly is currently experiencing dire problems with its migration in eastern North America. Fewer and fewer monarchs are successfully reaching their overwintering destinations, and ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle's genome by scientists. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite problem of honey bees for which there are ... read more

Dec. 20, 2018 — All insects use vision to control their position in the air when they fly, but they also integrate information from other senses. Biologists have now shown how hawkmoths use mechanosensors in their ... read more

Game Over for Zika? KU Leuven Researchers Develop Promising Vaccine

Dec. 19, 2018 — Scientists have developed a new vaccine against the Zika virus. This vaccine should prevent the virus from causing microcephaly and other serious conditions in unborn ... read more

Stick Insects: Egg-Laying Techniques Reveal New Evolutionary Map

Dec. 19, 2018 — Scientists have created the best map of stick-insect evolution to date by combining DNA analysis and knowledge of their varied egg-laying techniques. The first stick insects flicked or dropped their ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — New research shows the male smooth guardian frog is a kind of amphibian 'Mr. ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve ... read more

Experts Identify 'Tipping Point' in Tree Disease Outbreaks

Dec. 18, 2018 — Experts have found a way to model disease progression and predict the 'tipping point' of a disease, providing early warning indicators that an epidemic is imminent and action needs to be ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis ... read more

Dec. 13, 2018 — Researchers have revealed how the mixture of chemical weapons deployed by plants keeps marauding insects off base better than a one-note defense. This insight goes beyond the ecological convention of ... read more

Novel Mechanisms of Dengue and Zika Virus Infections and Link to Microcephaly

Dec. 13, 2018 — New insights into how dengue and Zika viruses cause disease reveal strategies the viruses use to successfully infect their host and a link to ... read more

Researchers Shine New Light on Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

Dec. 13, 2018 — Physicists are now exploring laser-based technology traditionally used for studying conditions in the atmosphere -- such as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) -- to shine a light on the subtlest of ... read more

Butterflies: Fallen Through the Net?

Dec. 12, 2018 — Using long-term data from the ''Butterfly Monitoring Germany'' citizens' research project, scientists have now investigated the matter using butterflies as an example. ... read more

Buzz! Slap! Ow! Taking the Virus out of a Mosquito's Bite

Dec. 12, 2018 — They approach with the telltale sign -- a high-pitched whine. It's a warning that you are a mosquito's next meal. But that mosquito might carry a virus, and now the virus is in you. Now, ... read more

College Textbooks Largely Overlook the Most Common Animals

Dec. 12, 2018 — A recent study of textbooks aimed at introductory biology courses finds that they devote less than one percent of their text to discussing insects, which make up more than 60 percent of animal ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Move over, trap-jaw ants and mantis shrimp: There's a faster appendage in town. According to a new study, the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, can snap its mandibles at speeds of up to 90 meters ... read more

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