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A New Approach to Beating the Zika Virus

August 17th, 2016

When you’re trying to find the answer to a problem it makes sense to explore every avenue possible. The more directions you come from and the more exploration into different answers you employ, the faster you’re likely to discover the answer. So, it makes sense for our scientists to approach beating the Zika virus from…

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Interesting Ways People Use Spider Webs

August 16th, 2016

How much do you know about spider silk? Probably not much and surprisingly scientists have known very little about the composition of spider silk until recently. Researchers at The University of Akron have studied the fibrous material produced by spiders and believe it is unique in its effectiveness as an adhesive. Extracting or reproducing this…

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The Four Kinds of People Mosquitos Love

August 15th, 2016

Do you ever feel like mosquitos seem to seek you out more than other people? Well, you may actually be correct. There are four things that can make you much more of a mosquito magnet than other people. Unfortunately, not all of these conditions are possible to change, so you may just be stuck spraying…

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New Mosquito Traps Laced with Eau de Human

August 12th, 2016

Malaria mosquitos on an island in Kenya have been cut down a whopping 70% all thanks to a new solar-powered trap that lures the buggers in with human body odor. The traps, which have been tested on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria, haven’t just cut the mosquito population down either. The rate of malaria infections…

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Wasps Use Spider Silk To Patch Wounds

August 11th, 2016

A type of wasp that is native to Finland has adapted to make clever use of spider silk. The genus known as Clistopyga lays its eggs inside the dead bodies of jumping spiders. This seems like a strange place to lay eggs, but it turns out that wasps don’t have much to choose from when…

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First Zika Virus Death

August 10th, 2016

The first Zika-related death occurred in Harris County Hospital in Texas. A woman that had traveled to El Salvador while pregnant recently gave birth to a baby diagnosed with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus a few weeks ago. She never experienced any symptoms and didn’t realize she had contracted the virus until her child…

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Spiders Protect Themselves Through Disguise

August 9th, 2016

Every animal knows how to intimidate their opponents, but very few are clever enough to wear a disguise to appear tough to predators. The jumping spider is a good example of a creature that can disguise itself in times of trouble. The jumping spider fools predators into thinking that it is actually a very aggressive…

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Japanese Super Strong Insect Repellent

August 8th, 2016

With the threat of the Zika virus looming Japan’s three largest insect repellent producers are planning on creating insect repellents that are three times as strong as the ones currently produced in Japan. Now, the insect repellents in Japan are actually less potent than ones made in the U.S., with the highest level of DEET…

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Flying Ant or Termite?

August 5th, 2016
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Tarantula Venom Being Studied For Painkilling Effects

August 3rd, 2016

Feeling the sting of a tarantula bite must rank as a particularly stressful experience in life when simply seeing a tarantula is enough to make me run in complete fear. However, as terrible as it must be, there are benefits that you would most likely not consider at the time of a tarantula bite. For…

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