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Spider-Silk Helps Researchers Build New Microscopic Lens

Whether you are a science buff or more of a humanities guy, it could be assumed that every adult knows what a microscope is, and what it is used for in most cases. Well, not too many people are familiar with the material that makes up spider silk, but the few that do believe that…

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How To Prevent Tick Bites That Cause Lyme Disease

How To Prevent Tick Bites That Cause Lyme Disease The Blacklegged Tick is every outdoorsman’s worst nightmare next to bigfoot. These ticks transmit bacteria to humans and other animals that cause Lyme disease. Two notable doctors working for the Centers for Disease Control insist that they know of the best methods for preventing Lyme disease.…

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Scientists Turn Deadly Insect Venom Into Life Saving Medicine

When most people think of deadly insect venom, they imagine being rushed to the hospital, probably as they writhe in excruciating pain. But the researchers at Venomtech are working to transform these toxic substances into lifesaving medicines. By isolating specific chemical components in some of the most dangerous insect venom they hope to develop powerful…

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The Tobacco Hornworm’s Genome

Scientists have finally sequenced the genome of the tobacco hornworm. This caterpillar species is often used by researchers to study insect biology in general. They use it as a kind of model of biology for all insects. The project was a huge collaborative effort involving researchers from all over the world, and serves as a…

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Death By Insect

You would think that insects, being as miniscule in size as they are compared to humans, wouldn’t pose much of a threat to us. True, mosquitos, ticks, and fleas spread pretty awful diseases, but for the most part insects can’t usually kill us directly. It’s the disease that kills people, and the insect just happens…

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The Invasion Of The Brown Widow Has Arrived

We have all heard about the black widow spider before, but what about its lesser known cousin the brown widow? Probably not, because this spider has always been found in tropical areas, until recently that is. Lately residents of the Southeastern United States have been reporting brown widow sightings, and they are only increasing. Entomologists…

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How Long Have Bed Bugs Been A Problem?

Bed bugs originated in the tropics and have been annoying people for a very long time. They were first documented during the first century, and they are noted for their ability to hitchhike on people’s clothes or other sources of fabric. Bed bugs have likely been a problem for humans since day one, but there…

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What If We Just Killed All Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on the earth. They kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, which is more than any other animal on the planet, although I am sure that they are rivaled by humans. With the advent of Zika, there are many people shrugging and asking about what would happen if…

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Scientists Discover A New Type Of Centipede

An insect enthusiast vacationing in Thailand lifted a rock with the hopes that maybe he would stumble upon an undiscovered type of bug. He did indeed find a creature that he had never seen before, but a colleague of his had just discovered it in the same country. That is a bummer for the guy…

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