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Munching Microbes Make A Meal Out Of Toxic Substances

...d he is developing procedures for using the hungry bugs in environmental cleanup efforts. "We've known for decades that the soil contains microbes with the ability to degrade chemicals such as petroleum compounds," says Loring Nies, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Purdue. "But using th...

Natural Shelters on Leaves House Plant Bodyguards

...irst experimental evidence that plants and certain bugs both benefitfrom the presence of domatia, are repo...edstrictly by insects and mites that feed on other bugs rather than on plants,further evidence of a mutually beneficial relationship between plants andthe d...

Pharmaceuticals Manufactured In Insect Larvae

ITHACA, N.Y. -- They go from bugs to drugs. Thanks to the confluence of a new technology in virology and a recent patent in rearing insects, scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc. (BTI), located at Cornell University, have found a better way to produce co...

Colorado State Anthropologist Finds Fossil Treasures In Africa

...d the others must pass through a gauntlet of bats, bugs and critters, including snakes. During their most recent trip, Waddle and the other members of the research team encountered a 5-foot long cobra inside the cave.The team quickly crawled out of the cave to safety while Ross drove to the nearest town ...

Insects Provide Clues About Bodies Underwater

...cts that colonize on them - everything fromaquatic bugs to earthworms and even clams. Insects may be able to tell how long a body has been at a certain location,and whether it has been moved -vital information in determining thecircumstances surrounding water-related deaths. With virtually no research in ...

Common Food Dye Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions

ANN ARBOR---A color additive extracted from dried bugs and commonly used in fruit drinks, candy, yogurt a... Foods and Drugs, and even an article on cochineal bugs in Ranger Rick magazine. He learned about the extract's long history as a colorant, widespread use ...

Biologist Experiments With His Own Front Yard

...ere's thediscussion of his willingness to eat live bugs in order to test their tastiness to birds (and to impress partyguests) and which ones not to eat because of their potential heart-attack causing poisons. There's the storyabout adding laboratory rat waste to the compost heap in order to make it more ...

The Bug Stops Here

...ooms have associated labs thathave to identify any bugs that they pick up," he says. These are mostlyenvironmental bacteria isolated from the air, water, or shedding human skin,which are hard to identify because their sequences may not be in publiclyavailable databases. The other expected users will be cl...

Spices May Reduce Escherichia Coli O157:H7 In Meat

...en when E. coli is killed, Salmonella andother bad bugs are also destroyed. "If you add more spice to your cooking, you will definitely knock offmore microorganisms, especially if you [season with the spices] that we saidkill E. coli," Fung said. "For food manufacturers, similarly, if they use mo...

Bug Expert's Latest Books Feature Simple Language, Vivid Photos

...bout fishing for Gilbert Waldbauer. Suchrelaxation bugs him. So he has writtentwo more books -- on bugs. Both use everyday language and are aimed at theentomologically curious. Both are expectedto make a buzz. "The Handy Bug Answer Book," released in June by Visible Ink Press, features 19chapters filled ...

New Worlds Of Order, Argentine Ants Succeed By Outnumbering The Competition

...rm insects such as aphids, mealybugsand soft scale bugs in order to feed upon their sweet residue. As a part ofthis activity, they will regularly protect these species from predators. Theyhave also been known to occasionally invade beehives and interrupt beekeeper'spractices and procedures. Their abili...

Gold Finds Life, Energy, Controversy In Earth

...imitive microbes in hot oceanvents. "We pulled up bugs from five kilometers down in the granite in Sweden.They were perfectly alive and probably the earliest life form on the planet," hesays. The primitive microbes, he notes, are thermophiles and hyperthermophiles,heat-loving archaebacteria. Photosynth...

A Mother's Love? New UD Theory Explains Why Good Insect Moms Risk Death To Save Their Only Children

...little to lose and everythingto gain. "Since these bugs have put all their eggs into one basket, it pays f... healthy. And, because female Rhinocoris assassin bugs usually refuse to mate with males who aren'tguarding eggs, the guys get busy caring for a clutch....

'Bugscope' Gives Internet Users Anywhere Chance To Study Insects

...ning on to Bugscope. "I think for most youngsters, bugs are second in popularity only to dinosaurs,"said C...nois. "We are hopingto channel that enthusiasm for bugs to get high school students, and evenyounger kids, interested in and excited aboutscientific researc...

Salamanders may one day monitor degradation in small streams

.... -- Lungless salamanders may join fish and stream bugs asindicators of the environmental health of small ...s stream habitatquality, especially where fish and bugs are absent." While wildlife experts monitor streams for acidity, temperature andpollutants ...

Antibacterial implants could prevent infections, save patients' lives

...ts - it prevents the development of drug-resistant bugs when some of the bacteria are exposed to an antibiotic and survive. "With our method, the concentration of the drug is high enough that it kills all of the bacteria that get into the zone around the device," Ratner said. The first article of the se...

Meet Conan the Bacterium

...a small supply kept on hand, while the appropriate bugs were awakened to produce a regular supply. (This need was presaged this summer by the need to airdrop tamoxifen, a breast cancer chemotherapy agent, at the South Pole for a medical doctor who had diagnosed herself with breast cancer.) With such an ap...

Millenium bug found by CSIRO scientists

...ium Bug, are new to science," says Mr Weir. "These bugs have an interesting adaptation of the tarsi (feet)... (ABRS) funded a project to study the semi-aquatic bugs of Australia, in particular their taxonomy, evolution, and biogeography. From a starting point of on...

Researchers glimpse polio virus as it enters host cell

Images could shed light on more intractable bugs Boston, MAJanuary 20, 2000A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School and other institutions has produced the first 3-D structuresthe biological equivalent of snapshotsof the poliovirus in the moments after it attaches to and enters a hos...

LabNotes -- Research highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

... supports this work. Cold War scientists zap out bugs - Root-chomping bugs that destroy valuable crops worldwide have a new nemesis in an environmentally friendly biocontrol...

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