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Engineers identify how to keep surfaces dry underwater
Imagine staying dry underwater for months. Now Northwestern University engineers have examined a wide variety of surfaces that can do just that -- and, better yet, they know why.  View News Article (2015-08-19)

Mosquito-repelling chemicals identified in traditional sweetgrass
Native North Americans have long adorned themselves and their homes with fragrant sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata), a native plant used in traditional medicine, to repel biting insects, and mosquitoes in particular. Now, researchers report that they have identified the compounds in sweetgrass that keep these bugs at bay. View News Article (2015-08-17)

Chitin of insects and crustaceans found to be active against pathogenic microorganisms
The study specifically concentrated on chitosan extracted from chitin in the carapaces of insects and crustaceans.  View News Article (2015-08-12)

How bees naturally vaccinate their babies
When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice -- they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it. View News Article (2015-08-03)

Stadium lighting affects bat behavior and may threaten biodiversity
A new Animal Conservation study shows that sports stadium lighting can alter patterns of bat species activity and feeding, which may in turn have cascading effects on other organisms and the ecosystem as a whole. View News Article (2015-07-24)

Virus-carrying mosquitoes are more widespread than ever, and spreading
Scientists behind the first global distribution maps of two species of dengue and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes warn they are spreading to new areas where they could cause disease. View News Article (2015-07-01)

Genetic study of 'co-evolution' could provide clues to better food production
In 1964, renowned biologists Peter Raven and Paul Erhlich published a landmark study that introduced the concept of co-evolution. View News Article (2015-06-23)

Safe repellents that protect fruit from spotted wing Drosophila found
Insects destroy a very large fraction of the global agricultural output - nearly 40 percent. View News Article (2015-06-22)

Study: Crop-rotation resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their guts
After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices - such as crop rotation - that are designed to kill them. View News Article (2015-06-10)

Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming
Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating global warming, according to an analysis by biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. View News Article (2015-05-20)

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