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44 min ago | ECNmag

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- "Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and structures at the nanoscale, we'll discover them."

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Related Topix: Bellingham, WA, University of Arizona, Science, US National Parks, Yellowstone National Park

3 hrs ago | Broomfield Enterprise

Broomfield council abuzz about backyard bees; members will consider code change for insects

Broomfield residents who want to keep bees in residential neighborhoods might be one step closer to that goal after City Council has decided to reconsider beekeeping rules. At a study session Tuesday, council members said they were open to further discussions about what it would take to allow beekeeping in residential neighborhoods.

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Related Topix: Apiculture, Science, Broomfield, CO, Life, Food, Honey, Lafayette, CO

4 hrs ago | PhysOrg Weblog

Phthalates heighten risk for childhood asthma

Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health are the first to demonstrate an association between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to two phthalates used in a diverse array of household products. Results appear online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives .

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Related Topix: Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Science

6 hrs ago | Rock102online.com

Chinese collectors jet in to buy Wallace Chan jewe...

Chinese collectors flew in by private jet this week to buy the latest creations from the world's top designers at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires, and made a beeline for Wallace Chan's intricately crafted jewelry. One of the great names in his field of contemporary design, his sculptures of insects, flowers and fish sculptures in colored titanium and colorful gems drew collectors, artistic directors at top jewelry houses, up-and-coming designers and artisans seeking inspiration for their own work.

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10 hrs ago | This is The West Country

David Wilson Homes helping bees over the winter

THE region's bee population is currently gearing up for winter and while many bee-friendly plants are reaching the end of their flowering season, there is still much that can be done to help the bees survive the winter ahead. Five star housebuilder David Wilson Homes has a firm commitment to supporting the insects with its bee-friendly gardens and is supporting Bees' Needs, a new five point plan to help bees everywhere enjoy the winter.

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Related Topix: Apiculture, Science

14 hrs ago | ABC News

Creepy but curious: Dr Kirsti Abbott talks about the defence mechanisms of insects

Dr Kirsti Aboot talks about the defence mechanisms of insects. And a warning too - if a catepillar looks like a toupee don't touch it! In this episode we find out about the defence mechanisms of insects.

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Related Topix: Science

Tue Sep 16, 2014

The Campbell Reporter

Insect killer of crops, gardens arrives in Bay Area and is spreading north

Courtesy U.C. Riverside/Mike Lewis -- California gardeners harvesting their summer produce may encounter a new pest aAI the bagrada bug. The native of Africa, which made its first California appearance in Los Angeles County six years ago, has been sighted in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

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Related Topix: Science, Agriculture, California, UC Riverside

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Blackstone house cleaned but still 'gruesome'

The house at 23 St. Paul St. has been cleaned, but it is still "pretty gruesome," according to town officials who walked through it Tuesday morning. Board of Health Chairman William Walsh, Town Administrator Daniel Keyes and Fire Chief Michael Sweeney visually inspected the house where four children - two of whom were allegedly kept secret - were found Aug. 28 living among rodents, trash, feces, rotting animal carcasses and maggots.

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Related Topix: Blackstone, MA, Framingham, MA, State Prisons, Prison, Science

Daily Star

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Emma Thickbroom, 22, had been hearing ticking in her living room wall for months but put it down to a leak. But her house in Wednesfield, West Midlands, was suddenly invaded with a swarm of the winged insects as she sat watching TV while son Cody was asleep in bed.

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Related Topix: Science, West Midlands County, England, Staffordshire County, England, Shropshire County, England, United Kingdom

Blackpool Today

Infest-ors in people from all nations

Bug bearers? Athletes arriving at their Olympic Village in east London could possibly have helped spread the bed bug aroun d the country The irritating insects, which feed on human blood and often leave bite marks, have become far more common over the last decade. But Mark Dixon, a technician at Blackpool-based Pest-force, says the problem has become even more noticeable over the course of this summer - with his firm receiving between 50 and 100 calls about bedbugs, compared to the usual two or three.

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Related Topix: Science, Bedbugs, Health

Science Daily

'Femme fatale' emerald ash borer decoy lures, kills males

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current. "Our new decoy and electrocution process may be useful in managing what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service claims to be the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America," said one expert.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science

OhGizmo!

Radio The Size Of An Ant Developed, Doesn't Require External Energy

Oh, the jokes to be had with this. Or more like, the clichA© jokes to the tune of "what is this? A radio for ants?" Well, it is a fully functional radio that's about the size of an ant, though we don't expect the little insects from deriving any type of pleasure from it.

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Daily Echo

Boat show visitors tuck into insect treats

Pest control firm Rentokil put on a mini-bug buffet at the PSP Southampton Boat Show , challenging visitors to sample chocolate-covered crickets, barbecue-flavoured mealworms, plain roasted and curry flavoured crickets and buffalo-wing flavoured worms. But their 'Pestaurant' has already gone down a treat and staff had to restock after just the third day of the show.

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SFGate

New York horse owners advised to vaccinate animals

Horse owners across New York are being urged to vaccinate their animals against both Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus. The warning from state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball is important since parts of New York have mosquito activity into late November and the insects transmit both diseases from birds to horses.

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Related Topix: New York, Health, West Nile Virus, Science, Science / Technology

Medical News

GHIT Fund announces new grants to tackle malaria, chagas disease and dengue

Seven new grant investments for $15.3 million to tackle malaria, chagas disease and dengue, which is dramatically on the rise The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund , a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, today announced seven grant investments totaling US$15.3 million to speed the development of promising drugs and vaccines to battle three insect-borne diseases-malaria, dengue and Chagas disease. The announcement marks the GHIT Fund's third round of grant investments since November 2013-totaling $33.5 million-aimed at diseases that sicken and kill the world's poorest of the poor.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Malaria, Health, Infectious Diseases, Science, Vaccinations

Mon Sep 15, 2014

MobyGames

New Game: Bugfeast

Thought frogs had it easy? Bugfeast is here to shatter your idyllic concept of the little green hoppers' daily lives, and show you just how tough it gets in the wild - even when all you wanna do is catch a bunch of flies. Your ASCII amphibian can hop left and right, and extend its tongue to grab the fat juicy insects.

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Related Topix: Science

Pest Control

PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2014

The Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to recognize and thank those who have led the pest management industry to new heights. This year, four industry icons - Ed Bradbury, Gene Harrington, Don Reierson, and Dempsey R. Sapp Sr. - join the ranks of 75 other PMP Hall of Fame inductees.

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Related Topix: Management, New Jersey, Science, UC Riverside

Pacific Daily News

'High alert' follows capture of brown tree snake in Rota

Department of Agriculture Wildlife Biologist Diane Vice holds a brown tree snake on Guam. Biologists and government officials in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are concerned after the discovery of one brown tree snake in Rota.

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Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Oceania, Northern Mariana Islands, World News

Christian Science Monitor

Focus on Islamic State has left Baghdad residents vulnerable to crime

While security forces in Baghdad focus on stopping the advance of Islamic State militants, residents of the capital are falling victim to an increase in opportunistic crime which is threatening the fragile bonds that have held neighborhoods together. The rising crime, violence, and sectarian tensions are driving families to leave their homes or the country if they can.

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Related Topix: Iraq, World News, Middle East, Science

CBC News

Swallow decline in Nova Scotia 'really quite scary'

Not long ago, several different species of swallows could been seen all around the province but now they are few and far between. "Swallows in particular, but among other species, I notice their population changes.

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