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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...

Gallery: A Downy Woodpecker's Swiss Army Beak

GALLERY: A DOWNY WOODPECKER'S SWISS ARMY BEAK

Downy Woodpecker by Bartels Science Illustrator Phillip Krzeminski. More From Living Bird Living Bird Autumn 2018-Table of Contents...

 
 
 
Boy miraculously survives after meat skewer pierces skull

BOY MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVES AFTER MEAT SKEWER PIERCES SKULL

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - A 10-year-old Missouri boy is recovering after he was attacked by insects and tumbled from a tree, landing on...

5 Signs You're Dealing With A Flea Infestation And How To Fix It

5 SIGNS YOU'RE DEALING WITH A FLEA INFESTATION AND HOW TO FIX IT

There's only one “f” word that strikes fear into the hearts of all dog people: FLEAS. These blood-feasting insects are so tiny you...

 
 
 
'Significant number' of tarantulas, scorpions, other exotic creatures stolen

'SIGNIFICANT NUMBER' OF TARANTULAS, SCORPIONS, OTHER EXOTIC CREATURES STOLEN

The rare insects and reptiles are worth up to $50,000, officials said.

Something to Crow About

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

It's well known that crows and jays and their relatives in the family Corvidae are the most intelligent birds. There's an all black...

 
 
 
A dangerous parasitic illness spread by bugs that bite people's faces at night is spreading in the US, doctors warn

A DANGEROUS PARASITIC ILLNESS SPREAD BY BUGS THAT BITE PEOPLE'S FACES AT NIGHT IS SPREADING IN THE US, DOCTORS WARN

REUTERS/German Pomar Chagas disease is a nasty parasitic illness spread by bites from bloodsucking triatomine bugs. These bugs climb...

Company, governments investigate contaminated infant formula powder

COMPANY, GOVERNMENTS INVESTIGATE CONTAMINATED INFANT FORMULA POWDER

The Danone company has been hit by several food safety issues recently, including a consumer reporting insects in a pack of its infant...

 
 
 
Feeding Birds

FEEDING BIRDS

According to the U.S. Fish and Wild­life Service, more than 50 million North Americans feed birds. That amounts to more than one million...

I'm an avid hiker and camper - and I always pack this company's water filter and insect repellent

I'M AN AVID HIKER AND CAMPER - AND I ALWAYS PACK THIS COMPANY'S WATER FILTER AND INSECT REPELLENT

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the...

 
 
 
Want a healthier gut? Eat crickets

WANT A HEALTHIER GUT? EAT CRICKETS

The new University of Wisconsin-Madison trial probed whether insect fibres may influence the bacteria found in the gastrointestinal...

6 DEET Dangers + Safer Science-Backed Swaps

6 DEET DANGERS + SAFER SCIENCE-BACKED SWAPS

In an effort to avoid bug bites and insect-borne diseases like Zika , West Nile, Keystone virus and Lyme disease, you may automatically...