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Scientists prove drugs can alter personality permanently

By altering parts of the DNA of ants using drugs injected directly into their brain, scientists have shown that fundamental changes can be made which could lead to uses within humans to improve memory and learning.

Amazing display of ant behavior as body-bridge is formed

Ants are clever and tenacious creatures. The building of bridges by ants has been well documented. Ants using their own bodies as bridges is a relatively new discovery. A new video illustrates this unusual behavior.

Smartphone apps used to hunt for cicada

Poole - By using a special smartphone app, a scientist has detected the first indication of a cicada in the U.K. in 15 years. So far, the indication is just the sound of the insect. A sighting remains tantalizingly close.

Britain's best-loved insect revealed

London - To mark the end of biology week in the U.K., and after several rounds of intense voting, the most popular insect in the U.K. has been revealed: the buff-tailed bumblebee.

Study highlights importance of bats for rare frog, other species

Knoxville - A tiny and rare species of frog living in remote, hidden caves in the heavily forested mountains near Russia and Georgia depends on bats for its survival, according to a recent study.

Captive female snake without male companion gives birth – again

Cape Girardeau - For the second year in a row, a captive female snake in southern Missouri has given birth even though she hasn't been anywhere near a male snake for eight years. The yellow–bellied water snake gave birth in 2014, and then did it again this summer.

Why insects are the most successful creatures ever

Ever wondered why insects are the most successful creatures on the planet? The answer comes down to a newly discovered subfamily of molecular channels. These have given insects a survival advantage.

Strange and new, twisted parasitoid wasp species found

Researchers found two new types of parasitoid wasps with stand-out body features in the the Swiss Alps and Swiss Central Plateau. The discovery came about by chance.

New video advises on how to deal with bug bites

Many insects bites are harmless. However, some can be harmful, especially with people who suffer from allergies. A new video from the American Academy of Dermatology provides some handy advice ready for the summer.

Scientists analyze 500-million-year-old brains of 'sea monsters'

Scuttling around in their Cambrian world over 500 million years ago, two species of hard-shelled, primitive arthropods could have no idea that they would help scientists to better understand how modern arthropods like lobsters and scorpions evolved.

Genetic variety of the bumblebee mapped for first time

New research has examined the genome of two different species of bumblebee. The bees play an important role in pollination and are commercially important. The study reveals insights into the ecology of the bee.

Bees are drawn to pesticides, triggering risk of death

A study shows bees prefer food laced with pesticides. Further research adds to the evidence that such chemicals are harmful to some pollinators.

Why do some people attract mosquitoes more than others?

Been sitting outside with a group and wondered why some people are bitten more often than others by mosquitoes? The answer lies in the genes, resulting in some people being ‘super magnets’ for the buzzing nuisances.

Good news for British butterflies

Warmer weather in 2014 has led to an increase the numbers of certain butterflies in the U.K. This includes the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary.

How bedbugs have sex safely

According to a new study, the spongy undersides of female bedbugs protect the insects from painful intercourse. This answers the conundrum as to how the insects reproduce.

Cockroaches show conformity in numbers

Brussels - According to a new study, individual cockroaches can be shy or bold. However, they alter their behavior to fit in with a group.

How scientists are using LEGO to handle fragile insects

London - Living insects are fragile creatures and dead ones are even more so, especially if a century or two has passed and they are part of a museum collection. This can pose a big problem for scientists who are trying to study the leggy creatures.

Brazil launches 'good mosquitoes' to fight Dengue fever

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian scientists, based in Rio de Janeiro, have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Combating ash borers through sex appeal

Budapest - Biologists have discovered a way to kill invasive emerald ash borers using female decoys. The beetles harm ash trees, and infestations are usually difficult to detect until the symptoms become severe.

The incredible life of the African midge

Biologists have completed the genetic analysis on the African midge. The remarkable insect can survive a variety of extreme conditions. The basis of this “invulnerability” is the insect’s genes.

Largest aquatic flying insect discovered in Sichuan, China

Sichuan - Many of the largest bugs in the world have a new competitor; the Giant Dobsonfly. Townsfolk brought the creature to researchers and it is now making international news.

New way to protect maize from pathogens

Berna - Many modern crops have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by pathogens. Scientists are exploring ways to help protect maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.

White House attempts to save the bees

Washington - President Barack Obama has created a new task force to study the recent precipitous decline in the number of bees in the U.S. The new organization will also raise public awareness about the issue.

Tips for checking for signs of bedbugs Special

The U.S. is experiencing an alarming increase in the number of bedbug populations. This affects private residences, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools. To help manage this, dermatologist Seemal R. Desai, MD offers some tips.

Cleaning wood leads to fewer insects in Canada

Fumigating or heat treating wooden pallets and crates slows down the spread of bark- and wood-boring insect pests, such as the emerald ash borer, according to some new research.

Introducing protein powder made entirely of insects

A company by the name of BugMuscle has a protein powder that is made with just bugs, and it is the first protein powder of its kind.

Female sports penis in sex-reversed newly discovered species

Lavras - Researchers have discovered little-known cave insects in Brazil with odd sexual habits. The troglodyte species has sex-reversed genitalia, the female sporting an elaborate spiked penis that penetrates an opening like a vagina in her male consort.

Amazing video captures insects in flight

Lund - Using a new approach, researchers have capture the internal mechanics of a flying fly. The video gives a view into the inner workings of the flight muscles as a tethered fly is spun in a circle.

Student finds wasp in Cadbury's chocolate bar

Chocolate manufacturer Cadbury has launched an investigation after a picture of a wasp embedded into one of its chocolate bars was posted on Twitter.
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Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
Black silicon is a synthetic nanomaterial with antibacterial properties.
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Bumble bees travel up to two kilometres to collect pollen and nectar from flowers. They are social i...
Bumble bees travel up to two kilometres to collect pollen and nectar from flowers. They are social insects, which live in colonies.
A tarantula
A tarantula
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The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed bet...
The newly discovered Brazilian insect species neotrogla aurora has its sexual genitalia reversed between male and female. This image shows the female's spiky penis.
Permission Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
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Depictions of what appear to be flying insects are crafted from dollar bills
Depictions of what appear to be flying insects are crafted from dollar bills
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein shot photos of insects with water droplets on their heads
Via Reinshtein.com
A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
A closeup of one of the dollar bill insects
Honey bees have gained global attention recent due to Colony collapse disorder (CCD). They are very ...
Honey bees have gained global attention recent due to Colony collapse disorder (CCD). They are very important for pollinating much of the food humans eat.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
Fly species on a Sow Thistle.
(Normal red flour beetle (  Tribolium castaneum  ) (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
(Normal red flour beetle (''Tribolium castaneum'') (about 1/8-inch long) with black eyes.
Photo byWikimedia/ Peggy Greb for the USDA
It s not a bug... it s a beetle!!
It's not a bug... it's a beetle!!
Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez
Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant  after severing its head.
Red ant carrying a piece of a black ant, after severing its head.
Butterflies drinking from a puddle  after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
Butterflies drinking from a puddle, after a summer rain. They are important pollinators.
The state butterfly of South Carolina  this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus  earns it na...
The state butterfly of South Carolina, this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus, earns it name from the stripes it bears resembling a tiger and the lower edge of the hind wing resembling a swallow's wings.
Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm  when I was fencing.
Orb Weaving Spider. Found crawling on my arm, when I was fencing.
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She...
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She will lay her eggs and die in the fall. Her eggs will hatch in early summer next year.