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Want More Easy Protein? Go Eat a Bug

WANT MORE EASY PROTEIN? GO EAT A BUG

The movement to encourage eating of insects - and to make it not weird, but a common practice (as it already is in other parts of the...

Birds and Bugs

BIRDS AND BUGS

Flycatchers, bee-eaters, swallows and swifts conjure up images of birds flitting through the air in quest of some sort of arthropod....

 
 
 
3 surprising reasons you should add bugs to your diet

3 SURPRISING REASONS YOU SHOULD ADD BUGS TO YOUR DIET

Koldunova Anna / Shutterstock Diet tracking app Lifesum has added insects to its catalogue. Users can add in their meals that contain...

Many botanical extracts show promise as natural, alternative insecticides

MANY BOTANICAL EXTRACTS SHOW PROMISE AS NATURAL, ALTERNATIVE INSECTICIDES

Horn flies and stable flies are growing more resistant to commonly-used chemical pesticides. A government-supported study evaluated...

 
 
 
SHOCK: 50% of freshwater insects are contaminated with microplastics

SHOCK: 50% OF FRESHWATER INSECTS ARE CONTAMINATED WITH MICROPLASTICS

We tend to hear quite a bit about fish suffering from plastic contamination, with images of whales washing up on beaches with stomachs...

An Interview with Leslie Vosshall: Buzzing About the New Mosquito Reference Genome

AN INTERVIEW WITH LESLIE VOSSHALL: BUZZING ABOUT THE NEW MOSQUITO REFERENCE GENOME

Photo courtesy of Ben Matthews The new reference genome for Aedes aegypti , just published in Nature , famously got its start through...

 
 
 
North American User Group Meeting: Highlights in Human, Animal, Insect, and Microbes

NORTH AMERICAN USER GROUP MEETING: HIGHLIGHTS IN HUMAN, ANIMAL, INSECT, AND MICROBES

Jeremy Schmutz and Emily Hatas enjoy the evening at the award-winning City Museum. Many thanks to all the PacBio users who attended...

SEQUENCING POLLEN DNA TO DISCOVER INSECT MIGRATORY ROUTES

Metabarcoding, a technique of mass DNA sequencing, allows for tracing migratory routes of insects, an understudied subject due to technical...

 
 
 
Little Curlews return to Broome

LITTLE CURLEWS RETURN TO BROOME

In recent weeks Little Curlews Numenius minutus have returned to Broome from their migration to the northern hemisphere. We used to...

Mussel Update

MUSSEL UPDATE

After a relatively quick fall, the mussels at the Minnesota Zoo are settling in for a long winter's nap. During the summer months,...

 
 
 
SMRT Sequencing and a Bit of Luck Help Swiss Microbiologists Solve Decades-Old Mystery

SMRT SEQUENCING AND A BIT OF LUCK HELP SWISS MICROBIOLOGISTS SOLVE DECADES-OLD MYSTERY

It's a murder mystery of massive proportion, albeit on a miniature scale: Male-killing among several species of insects, caused by...

How the Giraffe Got Its Spots: A Genetic Just-So Story

HOW THE GIRAFFE GOT ITS SPOTS: A GENETIC JUST-SO STORY

Spots are common in the animal kingdom. Birds, insects, reptiles, fishes, and of course mammals sport spots. In Darwinian terms, a...

 
 
 
Blue-winged Kookaburras at Ellendale Dam

BLUE-WINGED KOOKABURRAS AT ELLENDALE DAM

When we have camped at Ellendale Dam in the past we have invariable been woken by Blue-winged Kookaburras and they are often the last...

Insect-filled chocolates, rat hair noodles, and maggoty orange juice: The reality of a Brexit trade deal with Trump

INSECT-FILLED CHOCOLATES, RAT HAIR NOODLES, AND MAGGOTY ORANGE JUICE: THE REALITY OF A BREXIT TRADE DEAL WITH TRUMP

A Brexit trade deal could mean UK consumers being forced to accept rodent hairs, maggots and animal faeces in their food under US regulations...

 
 
 

SEASONAL WILDLIFE HABITAT CALENDAR

Seasonal Wildlife Calendar Jacob Johnston October 1, 2018 Bees Birds Native Plants Other Wildlife Pollinators calendar 0-1 Seasonal...

Is the tūī Leah McFall's BirdOfTheYear? Maybe, if she doesn't accidentally kill them all first

IS THE TŪĪ LEAH MCFALL'S BIRDOFTHEYEAR? MAYBE, IF SHE DOESN'T ACCIDENTALLY KILL THEM ALL FIRST

O spring, drunk with possibility! A hopeful month, wavy with shoots and catkin crazy. The soil is warming, tiny insects dance together...

 
 
 

DRAGONFLY THERAPEUTICS IN $695M CANCER R&D PACT WITH MERCK

More than a year after the insect-inspired biotech Dragonfly Therapeutics penned a blood cancer pact with Big Biotech Celgene, it's...

Every Flower Needs a Bee

EVERY FLOWER NEEDS A BEE

“Plant flowers in your soil”, the forum from the Bees and Insects area, introduced the Bee The Future campaign to the public: 100 hectares...

 
 
 
Spring Comes Earlier

SPRING COMES EARLIER

In case you haven't noticed, spring is coming earlier these days. Looking at climate data over the past century, spring temperatures...

Earth Defense Force 5's insects invade on December 11

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5'S INSECTS INVADE ON DECEMBER 11

You're gonna have to kill all those damn pests again because they just won't stay away. They're like bed bugs or silverfish, except...