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Bacteria From Bees' Bellies May Fight Persistent Pathogens

You'll catch more bugs with honey<p>Within the past decade, antibiotic resistance has become a critical issue for global health. More and more strains of bacteria have grown tolerant of the typical methods used to kill them, limiting doctors' treatment arsenal and putting the health of patients at …


Photo of the week: A taste of summer sun during the dark winter... Almost blueberry season @GatesArcticNPS ~MW

Vanda tessellata is an epiphytic orchid native to the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Both the leaves and the roots are used in a variety of medical applications including fever, inflammation, rheumatism, and diseases of the nervous system. More about this species: Image by Drriss & Marrionn via Flickr (cc-by-nc-sa):

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree

Complete sequence of comb jelly genome reveals a separate course of evolution.<p>A close look at the nervous system of the gorgeously iridescent animal known as the comb jelly has led a team of scientists to propose a new evolutionary history: one for the comb jelly, and one for everybody else.<p>"It's a …


Dr Martin Speight has kindly agreed to provide another beginners hoverfly workshop in Limerick on Saturday 11th October from 10am to 4pm. There are a few places left - if you are a beginner or improver and would like to attend please contact Maria 051306240 or

Crocodile v shark: tourist captures epic Northern Territory battle - in pictures

A family taking a trip around Australia were treated to more than they bargained for on a crocodile-sighting trip in the Top End, when crocodilian crowd favourite ‘Brutus’ took on a bull shark in the muddy mangroves. The result? Dinner for Brutus, curtains for the shark. Even the tour guide ‘had …