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Could This Beetle Fight a Battle in a Bottle With a Paddle?

How to control your beetle. Implant a few electrodes in the pupa. Wait. Control your grown-up zombie beetle with a WII. The critter is a bit of a cyborg actually – part june bug, part computer. The man behind the zombie … Continue reading

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Bees Be Going. Bees Be Gone?

Honeybee populations continue to collapse across the globe. There does not seem to be a single cause, but a multiplicity of them. This article serves as a reminder of the service these pollinators do for us, and indicates that we … Continue reading

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Of Nabokov and Butterflies

Vladimir Nabokov may be known to most people as the author of classic novels like “Lolita” and “Pale Fire.” But even as he was writing those books, Nabokov had a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies. … in … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Topology From The Fruit Fly

With a minimum of communication and without advance knowledge of how they are connected with each other, the cells in the fly’s developing nervous system manage to organize themselves so that a small number of cells serve as leaders that … Continue reading

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Solar Powered Hornet

Yes! The chitinous exoskeleton of the Oriental Hornet collects solar energy! How would they even suspect this, you ask? This team of researchers from Tel Aviv noticed, first, that the Oriental Hornet, was more active in the afternoon than other … Continue reading

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Bee Be Gone

Not just honeybees have been dying. So have bumblebees. The planet’s honey bee population has dropped precipitously over the past decade, and nobody is entirely sure why (though we have a sneaking suspicion that Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticides have something to do … Continue reading

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The Color of Flight

A closer look at seemingly drab, transparent insect wings has revealed realms of previously unappreciated color, visible to the naked eye yet overlooked for centuries. Until now, the wing colors of many flies and wasps were dismissed as random iridescence. … Continue reading

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