Monthly Archives: January 2011

Malpighi & His Tubules

The Malpighian tubules are a series of tubular structures that filter insect hemolymph and produce urine. Their function is similar to that of the human kidney. Insect hemolymph fluid enters the Malpighian tubules at their distal end. Fluid flows within … Continue reading

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Cancer Research in Insects

Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells of the body reproduce and grow uncontrollably. The uncontrolled growth is often due to problems in the signaling pathways that control growth or cells that no longer respond appropriately to regulatory signals. … Continue reading

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Imaging Inside the Insect

Studies of insects, such as the fruit fly, Drosophila, have provided a wealth of scientific knowledge of genetics, biochemistry and physiology of living organisms. Much of what we learn from Drosophila is directly applicable to humans and other vertebrates. Advances … Continue reading

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Living With WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks bills itself as: a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for independent sources around the world to leak information to our journalists. We publish … Continue reading

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The Plight of the Bumblebees

Our pollinators are under stress. Recent issues with parasites, pathogens, pesticides and weather may all contribute to the stress. Crop pollination is incredibly important to crop yield. Growers may pay beekeepers to bring their honeybee hives to their orchards to … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Pets

In the previous post, I noted the enthusiasm that Japanese have for insect pets. Among the most prized pets are the large stag beetles. Size of the beetle is an important attribute and the largest ones can fetch thousands of … Continue reading

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Insects and Pokemon

Pokemon, a video game first released in 1996, will be 15 years old this year. Pokemon, or “pocket monster”, was invented by Satoshi Tajiri. As a young boy, Tajiri spent a lot of time in the nearby forest collecting insects. … Continue reading

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