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The long life of pesticides

Although the use of organochlorine pesticides has been forbidden for decades, it is still affecting our soils. This is the conclusion of a research …

Ecology

Mosquito spit primes your body for disease—so scientists want to make an anti-saliva vaccine

Skeeter spit is no friend to our immune system.<p>Every time a mosquito bites you, she injects a bunch of goodies into your bloodstream. These ingredients help her to slurp up a meal by stopping your blood from clotting and keeping your blood vessels dilated. However, mosquito spit serves a more …

Public Health

Woman caught on camera pooping on floor at Tim Hortons and throwing it at employee

A woman was caught on camera defecating on the floor of a Tim Hortons restaurant in Canada and then throwing her excrement at an employee, according to surveillance footage and authorities.<p>The woman, whose name has not been released, was arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Langley, British …

Tim Hortons

Rare WA 'armoured' spiders under threat from habitat destruction

Rare, newly discovered species of armoured trapdoor spiders native to Western Australia have already been added to the threatened species list, …

Zoology

Dramatic decline of insects affects Netherlands, too

Scientific research commissioned by Natuurmonumenten shows that the number of insects is declining dramatically in the Netherlands. Measurements and …

Ecology

10 wild and crazy facts about jumping spiders

Spiders have a bad reputation, but jumping spiders don't deserve all the scorn that's heaped on the Araneae order. Neither do the other spiders, but …

Zoology

Cuckoo bee species 'hiding in plain sight'

<b>Scientists have discovered 15 new species of cuckoo bees hidden in North American museum collections and in an ancient thesis.</b><p>Like their avian counterparts, cuckoo bees lay their eggs in the nests of other bees, usually solitary dwellers.<p>When the cuckoos hatch they kill off the usurped bees' larva …

Zoology

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, but especially spiders who feed themselves to their babies

We’re not the only species with reason to be grateful.<p>On Sunday, phone lines across the world will be their busiest—if we all remember to call our mothers. But we’re hardly the only creatures with good reason to celebrate our moms. We’ve searched the <i>Popular Science</i> archives to give you a roundup of …

Amphibians

These caterpillars march. They fluff. They scare London.

Of course the guy’s wearing a full-body protective suit with face mask and goggles good and snug. He’s about to confront a nest of little fluffy …

Caterpillars

‘Bi-sexual’ beetles don’t swing both ways...they’re just inept at mating, study shows

It is a finding likely to send shockwaves through the diminutive world of insect sexual politics.<p>Scientists have concluded that male insects which mate with other male insects are not gay, or even bisexual. They are just hugely incompetent.<p>More than 100 species of insects engage in some kind of …

Insects

Special crops aren't what make leafcutter ants unique - Futurity

"Our findings suggest that several of the things we thought we 'knew' about leafcutters are not true."

Zoology

Scientists taught a spider how to jump so they can one day do the same for robots

Kim the spider has a thing or two to teach us.<p>We know spiders best as quiet, eight-legged monsters who lurk around and trap their prey with webs and venom. But 13 percent of the more than 450,000 arachnid species can aggressively stalk prey and lunge at them with a jump attack, like an eight-legged …

Zoology

Car swarming with bees doesn't seem disturb the man sitting inside of it

Some people have messy cars. Some people have bees. But rarely do the two overlap.<p>Brandon Singleton captured an alarming display of a car absolutely …

Bees

Neuro-Parasites Exerting Mind Control Reveal Nature's 'Imperius Curse'

This is far more horrifying than anything you'd see in the Harry Potter universe.<p>In the ‘Harry Potter’ universe, one of the worst things you can do …

Insects

World’s Oldest Spider Dies at 43

Holy Abe Simpson! The world’s oldest spider, a female <i>Giaus villosus</i> <i></i>living in the hot Australian outback, has died at the age of 43. And it didn’t …

Zoology

How one parasitic wasp becomes the victim—of another parasitic wasp

Karma is a real pest for parasitoids, tiny parasitic wasps that lay their eggs on caterpillars. That’s because the way they protect their hungry …

Insects

This butterfly's transparent wings could one day save people's vision

See it with butterfly wings.<p>To stay hidden from predators, the long-tail glasswing butterfly relies on a pretty unusual type of camouflage. Patterns of tiny bumps on this South American butterfly’s wings allow it to appear completely transparent. Now, engineers have mimicked these nanostructures in …

Spices

Toxic Caterpillars Invading Parts of London, Officials Warn

British forestry officials are warning parts of London about an invasion of caterpillars whose long white hairs can trigger allergic reactions in humans that include skin and eye irritation, difficulty breathing and even anaphylactic shock.<p>Caterpillars of the oak processionary moth were spotted …

Caterpillars

EU To 'Completely Ban' Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to "completely ban" the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs.<p>"All outdoor use of the three substances will be …

Honey Bees

Extremely Metal Ant Species Uses Medieval Torture Rack on Its Enemies

Unsuspecting victims are "spreadeagled" and "carved up."<p>There’s a brutal scene at the end of <i>Braveheart</i> where a jacked-up Mel Gibson meets his painful …

Zoology

Parallel evolution of Batesian mimicry supergene in two Papilio butterflies, P. polytes and P. memnon

Abstract<p>Batesian mimicry protects animals from predators when mimics resemble distasteful models. The female-limited Batesian mimicry in <i>Papilio</i> …

Queensland's Bob Marley water spider makes international top 10 marine species list

Queensland’s very own marine spider named after reggae legend Bob Marley has made it to the worldwide top 10 list of remarkable species discovered in …

Bob Marley

Male fruit flies find ejaculation pleasurable, Israeli researchers find

And when they can't find sex, they turn to alcohol.<p>><br>• ><p>Flies mating (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)<p>“Birds do it, bees do it, even educated …

New Jersey Is Dealing With A Tick Species That Is New To America

Looks like a bunch of New Jersey residents survived the winter. But that is not really good news.<p>On Friday, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the latest follow-up to what was described in a February 2018 publication in the <i>Journal of Medical Entomology</i>. The publication detailed an …

Disease

Newly Discovered 'Exploding Ants' Burst Their Bodies Into Pungent Goo Bombs

These insects are 'particularly prone to self-sacrifice.'<p>In order to ensure their survival, the Earth’s species have evolved sticky, prickly, and …

Honeybees Are Struggling to Get Enough Good Bacteria

A study published in Ecology and Evolution Monday shows that the big changes humans make to the land can have important consequences for some tiny …

Scientists Closer to Developing a Bee-friendly Pesticide

Mounting evidence suggests one of the most widely used insecticides in the world — neonicotinoid — is threatening bees, but other experts claim …

Researchers develop first gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest that has invaded much …

Mysterious Insect Fossil Gap Explained

A lack of diverse, winged hexapods—not low oxygen levels—could explain the gap in the fossil record

Dinosaurs