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Hydropeaking extirpates river insects
Hydropower produces 19% of the world's electricity--far more than all other renewable sources combined. In the face of mounting climate-change effects, the rush to this profuse energy source is expected to continue. However, hydroelectric dams can also produce a number of environmental consequences, many of which are unrecognized or understudied.  View News Article (2016-05-03)


Nanopillars on drone fly larvae allow them to avoid bacterial contamination
The immature stage of the drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is known as a "rat-tailed maggot" because it resembles a hairless baby rodent with a "tail" that is actually used as a breathing tube.  View News Article (2016-04-07)


Surprising exotic flies in the backyard: New gnat species from Museum Koenig's garden
Little did scientists Kai Heller and Bj√∂rn Rulik expect to discover a new species in Germany's Alexander Koenig Museum's garden upon placing a malaise trap for testing purposes. View News Article (2016-04-04)


An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs
A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, and the first vertebrate hosts of this disease were probably reptiles, which at that time would have included the dinosaurs.  View News Article (2016-03-29)


Duplicate DNA a hallmark of tick genome
Researchers have sequenced the genetic blueprint of one of the most prolific pathogen-transmitting agents on the planet - the Lyme-disease-spreading tick (Ixodes scapularis) that bites humans. View News Article (2016-02-09)


The herbivore dilemma: How corn plants fights off simultaneous attacks
Corn seedlings are especially susceptible to hungry insect herbivores, such as caterpillars and aphids, because they lack woody stems and tough leaves. So what's a tender, young corn plant to do? View News Article (2016-02-09)


Breaking through insect shells at a molecular level
With their chitinous shells, insects seem almost invulnerable - but like Achilles' heel in Greek mythology, their impressive armor can still be attacked. View News Article (2016-02-04)


Smithsonian scientists discover butterfly-like fossil insect in the deep Mesozoic
Large butterfly-like insects known as Kalligrammatid lacewings, which fluttered through Eurasian fern- and cycad-filled woodland during the Mesozoic Era, have been extinct for more than 120 million years. View News Article (2016-02-04)


Study of a pregnant cockroach paves a new direction in genetics research
The sequencing of the first genome involving a cockroach species may one day serve as a model system comparable to how research on mice can apply to humans. In this case, the model could hold new revelations about how stress during pregnancy could affect both the mother and her offspring.  View News Article (2016-01-06)


How epigenetics can affect ants' behavior
By applying compounds that cause epigenetic changes to ants, researchers were able to change the insects' behavior. View News Article (2016-01-04)

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