Tag: Insects

Bees can wear backpacks now thanks to the University of Washington

Wearables are all the rage for us humans, delivering all kinds of useful information about our bodies and surroundings. Now, scientists from the University of Washington have developed a wearable system for a much, much smaller creature. Engineers from the university created tiny sensor-packed “backpacks” for bumblebees. As you might have guessed, the devices don’t […]

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Philadelphia science museum employees accused of stealing $50,000 worth of bugs

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is missing $50,000 worth of bugs; the loss wasn’t immediately discovered because bugs are small and the Insectarium often moves its specimens around for exhibitions, lendouts, etc. — but when 80-90% of your collection goes missing, you notice. An examination of CCTV footage from the Insectarium showed […]

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This nearly 100-million-year-old beetle is preserved so well it practically looks alive

Fossilized tree sap, called amber, is an absolutely amazing substance. It lasts for an incredibly long time, and it has yielded some of the most incredible fossil discoveries of our time. If you need more evidence that amber is a paleontologists’ best friend, look no further than the new paper published today in Current Biology. […]

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Amazing Macro Winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2018

“Mayflies” by Petar Sabol, Goričan, Croatia. 1st place. The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) contest has just announced the winners of the 2018 Macro Art category. Run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, the project is the world’s leading competition and exhibition for garden, plant, flower, and botanical photography. For the […]

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Global Health: Maybe You Were Thinking About Eating Raw Centipedes. Don’t.

Scientists in China now have hard evidence that eating raw centipedes is a really bad idea. That might go without saying in most parts of the world. But centipedes are an established remedy in traditional medicine in China. As an ancient nostrum for epilepsy, stroke, cancer, tetanus or rheumatoid arthritis, the two-inch-long arthropods are supposed […]

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rolls-royce is developing a tiny robot cockroach to crawl inside airplane engines and fix them

in a bid to revolutionise the way engines are maintained and repaired, rolls-royce is developing what can only be described as a tiny robot cockroach, that can crawl inside airplane engines to fix them. kitted out with a camera and 3D scanner, these tiny robots would allow engineers to remotely assess problems before tooling them with […]

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Trilobites: Stick Insects Are Easy Bird Food, and That Might Help Them Reproduce

Advertisement The tough eggs carried by bugs that mimic plants may be spread by hungry birds to new locations where they hatch. June 5, 2018 ImageNew research suggests that when the stick insect R. irregulariterdentatus is eaten its eggs can be dispersed far and wide.CreditHakuren Kato It’s obvious why a stick insect’s wardrobe is the […]

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Trilobites: Ladybugs, Aphids and the Toxic Combat That Might Be Happening in Your Garden

Advertisement June 1, 2018 ImageAn Asian lady beetle larva, bottom, eating the head of a seven-spotted lady beetle larva. A type of toxic aphid was found to limit the population of the Asian lady beetles.CreditPaul Lenhart Aphids are a familiar sight in the garden, sucking the juices out of your rose bushes. Luckily, so are […]

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