As both a disease vector and general nuisance, the mosquito is a scourge all over the world. Its resistance to the effects of sprays and pesticides is widely known but now scientists have revealed just how tough the blood-sucking insect can be.
Reuters - US Online Video (Jan. 27, 2016) Four people returning from travel abroad have tested positive in New York state for the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects in Latin America, while researchers plan to deploy ... watch video
AP (Jan. 26, 2016) The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it suspects a link between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a rare birth defect involving abnormally small heads, but the evidence so far is ... watch video
AFP (Jan. 29, 2016) The hunt for a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus could take years, a top US health chief said Thursday amid a worrying outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness blamed for birth defects.
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Sep. 29, 2016 Newly recovered fossils confirm that Drepanosaurus, a prehistoric cross between a chameleon and an anteater, was a small reptile with a fearsome finger. The second digit of its forelimb sported a ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 Wind turbines are known to kill large birds, such as golden eagles, that live nearby. Now there is evidence that birds from up to hundreds of miles away make up a significant portion of the raptors ... read more
Sep. 29, 2016 Keen gardeners stocking their domestic ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species could be inadvertently fueling the rapid spread of the lethally infectious frog disease ranavirus in England, ... read more
Sep. 28, 2016 A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive ... read more
Sep. 28, 2016 A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This discovery could provide a new ... read more
Sep. 26, 2016 Scientists trying to solve the ultimate puzzle -- the architecture of the human genome -- have snapped another piece into place. They have developed a model to explain one part of the mechanism, the ... read more
Sep. 28, 2016 A new study offers a twist on a popular theory for how life on Earth began about four billion years ago. The study questions the "RNA world" hypothesis, a theory for how RNA ... read more
July 5, 2016 Until a few years ago the Asian bush mosquito, <em>Aedes japonicus</em>, was not yet present in Europe. Now it is spreading its range in several European countries, including Switzerland, ... read more
Nov. 10, 2015 If you want to keep away blood-sucking insects, DEET products are your best bet according to a recent study. Researchers also discovered a certain perfume performed better at protecting against ... read more
Oct. 29, 2015 Researchers have tested 10 commercially available products for their effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes. Through their work, they found that mosquitoes were strongly repelled by all products ... read more
June 4, 2012 Even rain can't deter mosquitoes. The blood-sucking insect can fly in a downpour because of its strong exoskeletons and low mass render it impervious to falling drops. Researchers determined ... read more