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Old March 24th, 2017 #1
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https://www.theguardian.com/environm...ersity-obriens

Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

Collection will help scientists piece together a large branch of insects’ family tree and be a resource for scientists who study natural controls on the environment
 
Old September 5th, 2017 #2
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Insects see in much better resolution than we thought


Insects see the world much differently from us, that much is clear. For the longest time, researchers thought they are unable to see fine images due to the way their eyes are built. Most insects have compound eyes which consist of many (up to thousands) tiny lens-capped ‘eye-units’. Together, these work to create a low resolution, pixelated image.

Contrasting to that, our own eyes have a single lens, a “megapixel camera” that can actively change the lens shape according to different needs and can keep both nearby and far away objects in sharp focus, based on our different needs. The end result of our eyes is a densely-packed, high-resolution image.

http://www.zmescience.com/science/bi...tter-05092017/
 
Old October 8th, 2017 #3
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DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all


When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick.

But the Lord Howe Island stick insect, once declared extinct, still lives. Scientists said on Thursday DNA analysis of museum specimens of the bug and a similar-looking one from an inhospitable volcanic outcrop called Ball's Pyramid 14 miles (23 km) away confirmed they are the same species. The finding could help pave the way for its reintroduction in the coming years.

https://www.investing.com/news/gener...ter-all-537617
 
Old November 6th, 2017 #4
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7 New Giant Bug Species Are Extremely Aggressive

The newfound katydids are also among the biggest, bulkiest insects on Earth, a new study says.


Seven new species of katydids are among the largest and bulkiest insects in the world, a new study says.

Found only on the island of Madagascar, the bugs have the "biceps" of a bodybuilder and can be very aggressive—both surprising traits for katydids.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au...ggressive.aspx
 
Old November 13th, 2017 #5
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The Lord Howe stick insect is officially back from the dead

DNA evidence shows the insects survived what scientists thought was an extinction


It’s a rare triumph when a species comes back from the dead. A new genetic analysis has officially established what many entomologists and conservation biologists hoped was true: The Lord Howe stick insect (Dryococelus australis) lives.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...ect-extinction
 
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Flies more germ-laden than suspected


Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected.

The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis.

Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning and pneumonia.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42113217
 
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Bogong moths use the Earth's magnetic field to get their bearings on long distance migrations


Each Spring, bogong moths emerge from beneath the soil of south-eastern Australia's plains and take to the air on the first leg of their annual migration, after spending the winter gorging themselves on plant roots to fuel up.

For a long time, scientists wondered how these moths — just a few centimetres long — made the incredible migration of over 1,000 kilometres to alpine caves in New South Wales and Victoria, and then back to their birthplace, to mate and reproduce in winter.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2...igrate/9886194
 
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Microplastics can spread via flying insects, research shows


Microplastic can escape from polluted waters via flying insects, new research has revealed, contaminating new environments and threatening birds and other creatures that eat the insects.

Scientists fed microplastics to mosquito larvae, which live in water, but found that the particles remained inside the animals as they transformed into flying adults.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...research-shows
 
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