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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

May 11, 2015 — A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, ... read more

May 12, 2015 — A new tool for collecting bed bugs for research purposes has been developed. The device is powerful enough to collect the bed bugs, but gentle enough to not damage them, the scientists ... read more

May 12, 2015 — When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been demonstrated by a team of mathematicians after ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline ... read more

May 11, 2015 — The water flea has genetically adapted to climate change. Biologists compared 'resurrected' water fleas -- hatched from 40-year-old eggs -- with more recent specimens to reach this ... read more

May 7, 2015 — Newly evolved genes can rapidly assume control over fundamental functions during early embryonic development. The findings suggest that evolutionary changes to the genetics of fundamental biological ... read more

May 7, 2015 — By increasing the stiffness of erythrocytes infected by the causal agent of malaria, Viagra favors their elimination from the blood circulation and may therefore reduce transmission of the parasite ... read more

May 7, 2015 — New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A striking new species of beetle with no direct relatives has been identified living in wetlands on the outskirts of Cape Town. Capelatus prykei is so different from any of the world's other ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A research collaboration has shed light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Bombardier beetles, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, have a pretty easy life. Virtually no other animals prey on them, because of one particularly effective defense mechanism: When ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — A new study shows poor nutrition for honey bee larvae leads to compromised pollination capabilities as adult bees. This is a possible link to Colony Collapse Disorder ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists report that a particular class of commonly used pesticides called 'neonicotinoids' wreaks havoc on the bee populations, ultimately putting some crops that rely on pollination in ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — As insects grow old their behavior becomes increasingly predictable according to new research. The study, which set out to understand how personality alters with age, found that behavioral traits ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Recombination, or crossing-over, occurs when sperm and egg cells are formed and segments of each chromosome pair are interchanged. This process plays an crucial role in the maintenance of genetic ... read more

Soldier Beetle Went a-Courtin'

Apr. 29, 2015 — Being bigger and bolder holds various benefits for male soldier beetles. They enjoy higher rates of successful courtship and more often land a larger, more fertile ... read more

Monkey Droppings Complement Field Observations, Researchers Report

Apr. 28, 2015 — Behavioral observation, ecological sampling, and high-throughput sequencing give researchers insight into tamarin foraging strategies and prey preferences. In South American rainforests, researchers ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Two new saucer bugs (also called the creeping water bugs) have been found in streams in western Belize and southeastern Peru. Now the scientists say that more needs to be done in order to obtain ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Could smell hold the key to ending pesticide use? Sscientists may have uncovered a natural way of avoiding the use of pesticides and help save plants from attack by recreating a natural insect ... read more

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