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Chemical from venom of Chilean tarantula could aid treatment of heart attack, other major diseases
University at Buffalo biophysicists have identified a component of venom from a Chilean tarantula that blocks the action of ion channels responsible for cellular mechanical responses. (2000-05-15)
UW researchers still monitoring plants, forest stands, seismic activity 20 years after eruption of Mount St. Helens
List of experts at the University of Washington who can help reporters who are preparing stories to mark the 20th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. (2000-04-12)
Cockroaches beware! This house has been treated with catnip
Researchers have confirmed an old wives' tale: Placing catnip around the house helps keep cockroaches away. (1999-08-23)
Spiders Can Protect Plants From Insects
Spiders can protect plants from leaf-eating insects in exchange for dollops of sugary nectar. (1999-05-12)
Male Moth's Sperm Protects Females
An enduring nuptial gift is included in every sperm package from a male rattlebox moth (Utetheisa ornatrix) to his freshly mated female: a potent, plant-derived chemical that protects her for life against predatory spiders, biologists at Cornell University have discovered. (1999-05-10)
Goats And Spiders Are Working Together To Create A Novel Material
Goats and spiders are working together to create a new supermaterial strong enough to stop bullets. (1998-10-07)
High Carbon Dioxide Levels May Be Killing Insects
While rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide might make plants grow faster, they could be bad news for plant-eating insects. (1998-08-12)
Study 'Gone With The Wind' Provides Stellar Ecological Example
Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, Davis received a windfall from Hurricane Lili in 1996. (1998-07-30)
Hurricane's Perfect Timing Brings A Scientific Bonanza
Hurricane Lili was a stroke of extraordinary fortune for three American scientists -- a catastrophe that created in hours the natural conditions they had speculated about for 20 years. (1998-07-30)
Walking, Climbing Wheelchair
By studying how goats and spiders get around, a biomedical engineer at the University of Pennsylvania has designed and patented an all-terrain wheelchair that can climb up to 12- inch steps and amble over obstacles. (1998-03-25)
Female Fireflies Lure Males For Defense Chemical
The characteristic light flashes that summon male fireflies of the genus Photinus could come from female Photinus fireflies. (1997-08-26)
A Phoenix From A Ring Of Fire Is A Pattern For The Recovery Of Mount St. Helens
The eruption of the Indonesian volcano Krakatau in 1883 was one of the true cataclysms of our time, generating a tsunami that killed about 30,000 people. (1997-02-24)
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