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Archive for October, 2016

CDC Director Warns That the Zika Virus May Be Here to Stay

October 31st, 2016

The Atlantic got an exclusive interview with the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, about the current status of our fight against the Zika virus, which he is in charge of eradicating, and his outlook wasn’t incredibly bright. In answer to the question of whether he thought we…

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Bugs Affected By Oil Spill Are Being Studied

October 28th, 2016

A team of researchers from the University of Houston are examining ocean dwelling arthropods collected after the BP oil spill, and comparing them to samples collected in the gulf area before the spill. The samples offer the researchers an easy way to ascertain how different arthropods are affected by oil spills. The various marine arthropods…

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Honey Can Actually Help Heal a Brown Recluse Spider Bite Wound!

October 26th, 2016

The bite of a brown recluse spider can spell very bad news for the victim. Their venom is extremely poisonous, more so than that of a rattlesnake. It is especially toxic to cells and tissue. When the venom is released into the skin it begins attacking the tissue. The venom is able to break down…

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Scientists To Develop Water Skimming Robot With The Help Of Water Striding Bugs

October 25th, 2016

The bugs are called “water striders,” and their ability to run and jump on the surface of water, such as lakes, ponds, and just about any body of water, has long fascinated entomologists. Engineers are also excited as many are hoping to study the bug’s natural mechanics in order to develop robots that can mimic…

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Social Sensitivity Towards Mating Behavior Is Linked To The Frequency At Which Male Beetles Mate

October 24th, 2016

Although I cannot imagine how researchers were able to ascertain this information, male burying beetles that mate more frequently than average are likely more insecure about their social status. This insecurity is rooted in the relative differences in body size among male burying beetles. When a male burying beetle wants to mate with a female…

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Scientists Prevent Whiteflies From Feeding By Confusing Them With A Variety Of Different Smells

October 21st, 2016

There exists a phenomenon known as the “confusion effect,” which involves a human or an animal becoming confused or even disoriented when confronted with a plethora of different stimuli or information. The idea behind the confusion effect has been applied to whiteflies for pest control purposes, and it worked. Biologists at Newcastle University have attempted…

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Biologist Wants To Bring Arthropods And People Closer Together

October 19th, 2016

In response the misunderstanding people have towards bugs of all kinds biologist and artist Brandon Ballengee has created a museum of sorts that allows people to view live arthropods up close. This ambitious project took off twenty years ago, and the insect exhibition has been ongoing for the past ten years in places all over…

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The Zika Virus Continues to Spread

October 18th, 2016

Officials had hoped that the recent hurricane in Florida would help disrupt the spread of the Zika virus, but it looks like it’s only helped the mosquitos spread it even faster due to the rainwater left behind. A new zone in Miami has been identified as an area where the Zika virus is running rampant.…

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Insect Borne Viruses Experts Say To Watch Out For

October 17th, 2016

We are all familiar with the Zika virus and Lyme disease, but experts have recently found some lesser known viruses that they are suggesting people watch out for in the near future, as they could possibly become a problem, especially due to the increased amount of travel going on. These illnesses may be rather obscure,…

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Dung Beetles Are Tougher Than You Think

October 14th, 2016

During the past decade or so researchers have noticed an invasive insect that has gone largely unstudied. The invasive insect in question is known as the “bigheaded ant.” Bigheaded ants have been observed invading territory that belongs to dung beetles, and to a lesser extent termites, and a few other insects that are attracted to…

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October 2016