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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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The worldwide decline of insects could lead to "plague epidemics"

Image copyright Getty Images Caption Many butterfly species are in retreat, according to the report A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species worldwide are experiencing "dramatic rates of decline". The study indicates that bees, ants and bugs disappear eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles. But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and …

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Study: A massive decline in insects could have catastrophic effects on the environment

Insect populations worldwide are rapidly declining due to the use of pesticides and other factors, causing a potentially "catastrophic" effect on the planet, according to a study. More than 40% of insect species could die out in the next few years According to the report published in the journal Biological Conservation "Global Decline of Entomofauna: An Overview of Its Drivers", …

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Microbial insects provide a rich source of new antibiotics

Cyphomyrmex ant. These ants growing on the fungus had a microbe that formed the newly discovered antibiotic cyphomycin. Picture credits: Alec Wild Medicine was transformed in the 20th century by the discovery and development of antibiotics, the vast majority of which originated from one source: soil bacteria. But we seem to have exhausted this offer. The resistance of pathogenic pathogens …

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If edible insects are the future, we should talk about poop

Two billion people can not be wrong – at least not about the nearly 2,000 insect species that provide good food worldwide. But nobody has to tell you about the benefits of insects, right? Easier for the environment, full of strange nutrients and whoa, check the feed conversion: it needs half as much feed as you would give pigs and …

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