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The 100 million year-old piggyback
Scientists have uncovered the earliest fossilised evidence of an insect caring for its young. View News Article (2015-03-31)

Some mushrooms glow, and here's why
Did you know that there are mushrooms that actually glow? Aristotle was aware of this intriguing fact more than 2,000 years ago.  View News Article (2015-03-20)

How planthoppers got their wings
Each year, rice in Asia faces a big threat from a sesame seed-sized insect called the brown planthopper. Now, a study reveals the molecular switch that enables some planthoppers to develop short wings and others long -- a major factor in their ability to invade new rice fields. View News Article (2015-03-19)

Evolution of the back-to-belly axis
Most animals have a dorso-ventral (back-to-belly) body axis, which determines for instance the localized position of the central nervous system, dorsal in humans, ventral in insects. View News Article (2015-03-19)

New research suggests insect wings might serve gyroscopic function
Gyroscopes measure rotation in everyday technologies, from unmanned aerial vehicles to cell phone screen stabilizers. View News Article (2015-03-19)

Plants' defensive responses have downstream effects on nearby ecosystems
Chemical changes that occur in tree leaves after being attacked by insects and mammals can impact nearby streams, which rely on fallen plant material as a food source, report scientists from the University of Chicago Department of Ecology and Evolution.  View News Article (2015-03-18)

Chitin, a structural molecule associated with allergy response, is identified in vertebrates
Scientists at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) have made an unexpected discovery that overturns a longstanding belief in the biological sciences.  View News Article (2015-03-16)

Light pollution shown to affect plant growth and food webs
Artificial night time light from sources such as street lamps affects the growth and flowering of plants and even the number of insects that depend on those plants for food, a study published today confirms.  View News Article (2015-03-16)

Switch off the lights for bats
New research has discredited the popular belief that street lighting is attractive to common bats. The study, carried out by scientists from the University of Exeter and Bat Conservation Ireland, found that bat activity was generally lower in street-lit areas than in dark locations with similar habitat. View News Article (2015-03-16)

Baby mantises harness mid-air 'spin' during jumps for precision landings
The smaller you are, the harder it is not to spin out of control when you jump. Miniscule errors in propulsive force relative to the centre of mass results in most jumping insects - such as fleas, leafhoppers and grasshoppers - spinning uncontrollably when they jump. View News Article (2015-03-06)

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