Backyard Beekeeper on a Quest As our suburbs grow, more wild spaces that used to the home of patches of wildflowers have turned into long stretches of green lawn.  No flowers means no food for bees. Ultimately, they lose habitat and that is one of the many stressors they face these days. A backyard beekeeper…

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Nantucket Island Hunts Down Lone Raccoon Although the native populations lived with raccoons and even used them as a food source, since Nantucket separated from mainland North American about twenty thousand years ago, there have been exactly zero of these ring-tailed rodents on the island. But now there is one.  Apparently he (or she) stowed…

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Siege of Australian Town Won by Tarantula Army A new species of tarantula is in town.  Rather, they’ve taken over the town.  The number of spiders roaming the streets of Maningrida, Australia is estimated to be 25,000.  The town’s human population is a little over 2,000. High populations of spiders usually equate to 200 or…

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Lured by Sweetness to Insect Grave The pitcher plant is not actually carnivorous, in the classic definition.  Carnivorous plants, like the famous Venus Fly Catcher, wait for insects to enter then clamp down their swift jaws and trap the hapless bug. But even though the pitcher plant looks like any garden-variety leaf, it holds a…

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Award Winning Bread Baked with Bugs The final exams are over.  At the school of Food, Nutrition and Health in north Britain, the heated competition meant a tasty finished product. At the end of each school year, the Young Scientist Competition searches for the best science and nutrition based product, and this year’s unusual winner…

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