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Insects resort to mimicry for sheer survival


December 19th, 2011 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) Insects resort to camouflage to resemble inanimate objects to evade attacks by predators, especially at the larval stage, reveals a study. Researchers have uncovered evidence of ... Read more...

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Paper wasps have flair for recalling faces


December 4th, 2011 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 4 (IANS) Paper wasps, possessing brains less than a millionth of the size of that of humans, have evolved a similar face-learning abilities, a study reveals. "Wasps and ... Read more...

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Spiders’ cobweb chemical repels invading ants


November 27th, 2011 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Golden orb web spiders know how to protect their web silk from invading ants -- they just add a chemical to repel the latter. The properties ... Read more...

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Caterpillars stop train in China


June 13th, 2011 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 13 (IANS) Caterpillars forced a train to stop in China after they gummed up the wheels and created a thick sticky layer on the track as it chugged ... Read more...

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When caterpillars stopped a train in China


June 1st, 2011 - 10:31 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, June 1 (IANS) Swarms of caterpillars delayed a cargo train in China for three hours as they invaded a section of the railway track, Xinhua reported Wednesday.The incident occurred ... Read more...

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Caterpillars inspiring Next Gen robots


April 27th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 27 (IANS) Caterpillars are inspiring researchers to design a new generation of search and rescue robots that can operate effectively and speedily during disasters.Some caterpillars have amazing ability ... Read more...

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Now, a caterpillar-inspired soft robot that curls into a high-speed wheel


April 27th, 2011 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): Inspired by a caterpillar that has the extraordinary ability to rapidly curl into a wheel and propel itself away from predators, researchers have created a robot that curls ... Read more...

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Now, visually explore space, time using Google’s time machine!


April 25th, 2011 - 6:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 26 (ANI): Google has created a time machine with which one can simultaneously explore space and time at extremely high resolutions.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have leveraged the ... Read more...

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Now, visually explore space, time using a time machine!


April 22nd, 2011 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 22 (ANI): Scientists have created a time machine with which one can simultaneously explore space and time at extremely high resolutions.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have leveraged the ... Read more...

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Potential new way for plants to fend off pests - starvation


March 30th, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 30 (ANI): A potential new way for plants to fend off pests is starvation, revealed a study at Michigan State University.Gregg Howe, biochemistry and molecular biology professor, cites that this ... Read more...

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Fear of spiders, snakes acquired


January 25th, 2011 - 3:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) We aren't born afraid of spiders and snakes, but we can pick up these fears very quickly as infants, scientists say.Arne Ohman at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden ... Read more...

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We aren’t born afraid of spiders and snakes


January 25th, 2011 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 25 (ANI): People aren't born afraid of spiders and snakes, but can learn these fears very quickly during infancy, says a new research.Scientists have studied how infants and toddlers react ... Read more...

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Female butterflies chase males when it’s cool


January 7th, 2011 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 7 (ANI): Yale University researchers have found that female butterflies actively court males after being exposed to cool, dry temperatures as caterpillars.Raised in the moist and warmer season as larvae, ... Read more...

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Caterpillars whistle to fend off attacking birds: Study


December 11th, 2010 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 11 (ANI): A new study has found that caterpillars can whistle to fend off attacking birds.The walnut sphinx caterpillar, a type of moth larva, doesn't whistle by puckering their lips ... Read more...

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Butterflies cure themselves of disease with medicinal plants


October 11th, 2010 - 4:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 11 (ANI): Experts have discovered that Monarch butterflies can cure themselves and their offspring of disease by using medicinal plants.The disease is caused by a protozoan parasite called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha. ... Read more...

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Creepy-crawlies in Mexican-style on Brooklyn restaurant’s menu


September 15th, 2010 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 15 (ANI): Caterpillars, mealworms and moth larvae give you a creepy feeling? What if you have to eat them? A Brooklyn restaurant has all this on the menu.Adventurous diners with ... Read more...

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Oak moth pest could pose significant health risk to humans: Study


August 3rd, 2010 - 2:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 3 (ANI): The caterpillar of the oak processionary moth, which damages oak trees, could pose a danger to humans too, says a study.The moth, found mostly in trees in west ... Read more...

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Caterpillars’ gut movements inspire soft-body robot design


July 23rd, 2010 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): "Weird movements" in the guts of freely crawling caterpillars could improve the design and development of soft material robots, according to researchers at Virginia Tech.The interdisciplinary research team, ... Read more...

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Communication in caterpillars evolved from walking


April 14th, 2010 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 14 (ANI): Scientists from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, have found that communication in caterpillars evolved from the simple act of walking.The researchers have found that hair-like structures that the ... Read more...

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Why female moths are bigger than the males


March 12th, 2010 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 12 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Arizona (UA) have discovered why female moths are bigger and more beautiful than the male species.The researchers discovered that the key to unraveling ... Read more...

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Tobacco plant thwarts caterpillar attack by opening flowers in the morning


January 22nd, 2010 - 5:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): A team of scientists has discovered that the tobacco plant thwarts an onslaught by caterpillars by opening its flowers in the morning, instead of the night.This finding ... Read more...

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How mushroom cancer drug works


December 29th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 29 (ANI): Researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered how a promising cancer drug, first discovered in a mushroom commonly used in Chinese medicine, works.Dr Cornelia de Moor of ... Read more...

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Wild mushroom extract could treat cancer


December 24th, 2009 - 2:14 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 24 (IANS) An extract from a rare wild mushroom has shown promise in cancer treatment, says a new study. Cornelia de Moor of University of Nottingham and her team have ... Read more...

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Mushrooms could harbour cancer cure


December 24th, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): Researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered how a promising cancer drug, first discovered in a mushroom commonly used in Chinese medicine, works.Dr Cornelia de Moor of ... Read more...

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Butterflies aboard Atlantis to live in orbit on International Space Station


November 18th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 18 (ANI): Reports indicate that NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is carrying butterflies, which will live in orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS), as part of a science outreach project.According ... Read more...

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Death stench: Ancient warning signal to avoid disease, predators


September 12th, 2009 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, Sep 12 (IANS) Dead animals, from insects to crustaceans, emit the same death stench. This smell acts as a signal to other insects to avoid disease or predators, biologists have discovered. David ... Read more...

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A unique story of parallel evolution in moths unraveled


September 2nd, 2009 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 2 (ANI): A new revision of the taxonomic relationships among one group of moths, the subfamily Dioptinae, sheds light on the diversity of tropical moth species and presents a unique ... Read more...

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Caterpillars damage paddy crop in Jharkhand


August 31st, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by ANI
By Girija Shankar OjhaPalamu (Jharkhand), Aug 31(ANI): First it was drought and now it is swarming caterpillars, which are adding to the woes of the paddy farmers in Jharkhand's Palamu district.The ... Read more...

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Alien wasps munch on large number of birds and bugs in Hawaii


July 25th, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 25 (ANI): A new study has indicated that invasive western yellowjacket wasps in Hawaii are munching their way through an "astonishing diversity" of creatures, ranging from caterpillars to pheasants.Adult ... Read more...

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‘Love’ enables plants to defend themselves better


July 14th, 2009 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 14 (IANS) Why do some plants defend themselves from insect attacks better than others? New evidence suggests that the difference might be because they're - or are not - ... Read more...

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Plants produced sexually better genetically equipped to defend against insects


July 14th, 2009 - 3:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 14 (ANI): In a new research, a team of scientists has discovered that plants born from sexual reproduction are better genetically equipped to defend against insects.The research, by scientists from ... Read more...

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Reintroduction of extinct butterfly in Britain a lesson for animal conservationists


July 3rd, 2009 - 2:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 3 (ANI): The successful reintroduction of a once extinct butterfly in Britain has led scientists to determine that intelligent countryside management could improve the survival chances of animal and plant ... Read more...

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7 killed in Nepal’s Viagra war


July 3rd, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, July 3 (IANS) Six people have been arrested after a turf war over what is known as Nepal's `herbal Viagra' erupted in a remote northern district, resulting in the death of ... Read more...

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Self-cleaning walls and water-striding robots come closer to reality


May 5th, 2009 - 11:36 am ICT by ANI
Washington, May 5 (ANI): What if scientists create self-cleaning walls and fabrics or even micro-scale robots that can walk on water? Well, researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Japan's RIKEN institute ... Read more...

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Scientists give first clear demonstration of self-medication among insects


March 14th, 2009 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 14 (ANI): University of Arizona scientists have found that there are some caterpillars that munch on drug-laced leaves to get rid of crippling parasites. Lead author Elizabeth Bernays says ... Read more...

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