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New York Times columnist ends Twitter after insulting insects

B ret Stephens, a columnist of the New York Times deactivated his Twitter account after being derided for insulting a man who called him a "bedbug". Stephens, 45, who has argued for free speech, was indignant over a tweet from Professor David Karpf of George Washington University who compared a bug infestation in the New York Times office with the …

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Plants defend themselves against insects by triggering a "leaky gut syndrome"

Falling Army worms are pests of maize plants. Picture credits: Nick Sloff, Penn State According to Penn State researchers, plants can trigger a "leaky-gut syndrome" (permeability of the intestinal mucosa) in insects as part of a multi-pronged strategy to protect themselves from ingestion. By better understanding of plant defense, the results could contribute to the development of new pest control …

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Butterflies disappear in Ohio. The following means insects everywhere

For my eleventh birthday, I received a perfect, strange amusement for a road trip: a book full of pictures and descriptions that help children decipher the splashes of insects that have broken in front of a moving vehicle. Whether that sounds like macabre fun or you cursed to keep the windshield clean, a sharp drop in reported insect spatter in …

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We will consider the drones of the future to be annoying flying insects

GIF: Harvard School of Engineering (YouTube) Harvard's robotic flying bee has been in development for well over a decade. And despite its unbelievably simple design, its developers have been improving Robobee's capabilities in recent years, adding capabilities such as the ability to hover over a given trajectory and self-control. It is too small to carry its own batteries and has …

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Wasps became the first known insects to argue with logic

Here's a question for you. If A is greater than B and B is greater than C, is A greater than C? It's a simple puzzle that children can solve. In fact, even animals have demonstrated the form of reasoning that we call a temporary deduction, and that we use to answer that kind of problem. So far, however, no …

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Bees: Many British pollinating insects in decline, study shows

Image copyright Steven Falk Image caption There are winners (left – ashy mining bee) and losers (right – red-shanked carder bee)                  A third of British wild bees and hoverflies are in decline, according to a new study. The study found "winners Scientists warn. "and" losers "among hundreds of wild bees and hoverflies. Common species are being lost at the …

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Treasure chest of new insects discovered on the island

Image copyright Alexander Riedel Caption Trigonopterus yoda: A shiny green beetle, named after the Stars Wars character On an Indonesian island, more than a hundred insect species have been discovered that are new to science. The small beetles found in remote rainforests seem to have been overlooked for decades. All 103 belong to the same group – weevils. Scientists named …

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To Fight Antibiotic Resistance, Scientists Look To Microbes In Insects: Shots

Scientists have isolated a molecule with disease-fighting potential in a microbe living on a type of fungus-farming ant (genus Cyphomyrmex). The microbe kills off other hostile microbes attacking the ants' fungus, a food source.                                                                            Courtesy of Alexander Wild / University of Wisconsin                                       toggle caption Courtesy of Alexander Wild / University of Wisconsin               Scientists …

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