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Insect Wing Kills Bacteria

By | March 6, 2013

The nanoscale structure of a clanger cicada’s wings destroys threatening microbes on contact.

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Bacterial Buddies

By | March 1, 2013

A chance encounter with a crab apple tree leads to the discovery of a new bacterial species and clues to the evolution of insect endosymbionts.

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Behavior Brief

By | February 6, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Photonic Colored Creatures

By | February 1, 2013

Animals and plants come in a dizzying array of colors. Current research is cracking into the remarkable structures behind nature's artistic display.

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Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet

By | February 1, 2013

Because of their high protein and fat content and their reproductive efficiency, insects hold great promise for thwarting an impending global food crisis.

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Neurons Talk Without Synapses

By | November 21, 2012

Neighboring neurons in an insect’s antennae can block each other without sharing any synaptic connections.

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Self-Medicating Animals

By | October 23, 2012

From insects to mammals, the animal kingdom sometimes cures its own ills.

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Home Cookin’

By | October 1, 2012

Laboratory-raised populations of dung beetles reveal a mother's extragenetic influence on the physiques of her sons.

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Bugging the Digital World

By | September 28, 2012

Young entrepreneurs are creating a digital, 3-D encyclopedia of insects that doubles as a free field guide.

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Termite Kamikazes

By | July 26, 2012

Older termites build up backpacks of toxic material that they can unleash on their enemies by bursting their bodies.

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