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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Expression of a 'Ouija Board' Protein That Can Summon 'Monster' Genes

Feb. 8, 2016 — Biologists have studied Drosophila melanogaster flies to discover a new protein dubbed “Ouija Board,” which plays an important role in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones necessary for ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study helps explain how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell. Researchers have identified a set of genetic control switches that interact early in a fly's development to generate ... read more

Parasitic Ants Alter How Captive Ants Recognize Nest Mates

Feb. 3, 2016 — Enslaved Formica worker ants are more genetically and chemically diverse and less aggressive towards non-nest mates than free-living Formica ant colonies, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Try to Determine the Cause of Female Red Flour Beetle Promiscuity

Feb. 3, 2016 — New research focused on four possibilities that may explain why beetles are so promiscuous: that mating benefits the female beetles by providing them with moisture; with nutrients in the ejaculate; ... read more

Fruit Flies Adjust Their Courtship Song Based on Distance

Feb. 3, 2016 — Outside of humans, the ability to adjust the intensity of acoustic signals with distance has only been identified in songbirds. New research now demonstrates that the male fruit fly also displays ... read more

Clip-on Device Offers Protection Against Mosquitoes That Transmit Zika

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new repellent device could be an effective tool for preventing bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito -- the primary vector of Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and yellow fever -- according to a new ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A comprehensive study of the hunting tradition of the San peoples of Namibia sheds new light on their use of beetle and plant poisons to boost the lethality of their ... read more

Dominant Ant Species Significantly Influence Ecosystems

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers investigated the role of different ant species in various ecosystem processes in tropical rain forests. They discovered that the dominant role is often played by only a few or even a ... read more

Shallow Flooding Reduces a Major Rice Pest, Researchers Find

Jan. 30, 2016 — Shallow flooding of rice fields can help reduce rice water weevil populations during Florida’s growing season, between April and September, new research shows. Previous studies of the effect of ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have documented never-before-seen views of leafcutter ants at work processing leaves and growing their food supply in their ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — One of the most of the most widely used commercial chemicals to kill bedbugs are not effective because the pesky insects have built up a tolerance to them, according to a team of ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Larvae of caddisfly, aquatic insects of the order Trichoptera, using substrate particles, build tiny tubes where they protect their fragile bodies and carry out the metamorphosis which will transform ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Queen bees and ants emit a chemical that alters the DNA of their daughters and keeps them as sterile and industrious workers, scientists have found. The team found evidence that workers exposed to ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A newly published study of California's overwintering monarch butterflies confirmed many previous migratory studies. But the findings also showed some unexpected and surprising patterns of ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — In October 2015, researchers ran the first tests confirming the presence of Zika virus transmission in the South American country. The team documents a disease trajectory that started with nine ... read more

Zika Virus 'a Game-Changer' for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Jan. 26, 2016 — The Zika virus, unlike other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, is relatively unknown and unstudied. That is set to change since Zika, now spreading through Latin America and the Caribbean, has ... read more

Bed Bugs That Feed Are More Likely to Survive Pesticide Exposure

Jan. 26, 2016 — Bed bugs that take blood meals after being exposed to pesticides are more likely to survive, according to research. The researchers suggest that insecticide efficacy testing protocols should be ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Researchers have reported the discovery of a major population of the mosquito species Aedes aegypti, the species capable of carrying tropical diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever and ... read more

Scientists Determine How to Control Parasite Without Harming Bees

Jan. 25, 2016 — The parasitic mite Varroa destructor (varroa) is generally agreed to be the greatest threat facing honey bees worldwide. Despite much research, losses continue due to lack of effective control ... read more

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