Monthly Archives: April 2015

Insects Can Be A Drag

Airplanes are designed to allow air to smoothly flow over the wing surfaces and minimize turbulence. In warm weather, clouds of insects can surround airports and collide with planes during takeoff and landing. The impact disrupts the insect cuticle releasing … Continue reading

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Living With Painless

Drosophila is a useful model system for the identification and study of genes and gene products. When touched with a probe heated to 38 degrees Celsius, a Drosophila larva responds with a characteristic rolling action that turns the body away … Continue reading

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Living With Bed Bug Vision

Bed bugs are a problem in need of a better solution. There is much interest in bed bug traps that intercept bed bugs traveling to and from a feeding site and a harborage. A group of scientists* asked, “How do … Continue reading

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Living With Aspirators

Aspirators are devices for collecting tiny insects. The target organisms are collected by suction into the device. The device contains a plug that filters the small animals, but allows air to pass. Biologists have used their mouth to suction insects … Continue reading

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Crickets at the White House Correspondents Dinner

Insects as food are not yet mainstream in American culture. Not ready for prime time as appetizers or deserts, eating crickets got honorable mention in a joke told by commediene Cecily Strong at the 2015 White House Correspondent’s Dinner. When … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Bites

Most people find insect bites annoying. However, a group of scientists* have put insect bites to good use in a study of allergic reactions. Culicoides obsoletus, a European biting midge, causes a variety of reactions when it bites horses. Some … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: Living With Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes , a micro-organism capable of causing serious disease and death in humans has been in the news as a contaminant of ice cream products dating back to 2010. A major recall of products has been conducted. Listeria is … Continue reading

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