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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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The Bug Zoo

By | July 6, 2012

A Canadian menagerie lets visitors get up close and personal with insects to help make crawlies less creepy.


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Meet the Bugs

By | July 6, 2012

The Victoria Bug Zoo is extremely small. In 1997, the Zoo's founder, Carol Maier, started the collection, which now includes more than 50 insect species, after completing her entomology degree from the University of Guelph. 


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Sweet Smell of Success

By | July 1, 2012

With persistence and pluck, Leslie Vosshall managed to snatch insect odorant receptors from the jaws of experimental defeat.


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The Ecology of Fear

By | June 15, 2012

Grasshoppers in fear of predation die with less nitrogen in their bodies than unstressed grasshoppers, which can affect soil ecology.


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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 



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