Category Archives: Biomaterials

Life Is Cheap

South Korean born artist Anicka Yi is winner of a Hugo Boss Prize for contemporary art. Her work appears in New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from April 21 to July 5, 2017. As explained in a feature about the … Continue reading

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Living With Chitin

Chitin is a polysaccharide that is a major component of arthropod cuticle. Chitin is ubiquitous and the second most abundant polysaccharide on our planet next to cellulose. Molted exoskeletons, dead insects and mites can litter our environment with chitin dust. … Continue reading

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Power for the Jump

Froghoppers can jump large distances compared to their height. Some species can generate a jumping force that is 400 times their body mass. How do they generate the force? Froghoppers have a complex structure, the pleural arch, that links the … Continue reading

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Fire Ants

Enjoy

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Living With Polystyrene

Polystyrene is a great packing material but it degrades only slowly in the environment.  Organic waste such as food scraps disappear much faster because of the work of many insect scavengers.  It should not be surprising that from the millions of … Continue reading

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Together As One

The parasitic wasp, Chelonus inanitus, relies on viruses to successfully colonize its hosts. When the wasp injects eggs into its host, the eggs are accompanied by viruses. The viruses selectively colonize the cells of the host immune system and destroy … Continue reading

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Grow, Expand, Remodel

Cornitermes cumulus is a neotropical termite that builds mounds more than a meter high. An average of over 300 mounds per hectare are found in pastures, cultivated lands and Savannas in Brazil and Paraguay. How are tiny insects able to … Continue reading

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