Insect wing tougher than man-made substances

August 23rd, 2012 - 5:31 pm ICT by IANS
Dublin, Aug 23 (IANS) The seemingly fragile insect wings are much tougher than many man-made substances that combine the best of technology and the latest advances in science.The finding may ... Read more...

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Insect inspires ultra-strong alternative to plastic

December 19th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) Insect cuticle has inspired scientists to develop a new material that duplicates its exceptional strength, toughness and versatility. Low-cost, biodegradable, and biocompatible, the new material called ... Read more...

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Unexpected exoskeleton remnants discovered in Paleozoic fossils

February 8th, 2011 - 5:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 8 (ANI): Contrary to conventional belief, a new research shows that the remains of chitin-protein complex-structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide-are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the ... Read more...

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Eggshells could help combat climate change, say Indian scientists

October 27th, 2010 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): Indian researchers say that the food industry generates a lot of waste products, but one of these, eggshells, could help combat climate change.Basab Chaudhuri of the University of ... Read more...

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Vivid colours of butterflies could help cut bank fraud

May 31st, 2010 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 31 (IANS) Scientists have discovered a way of mimicking the stunningly bright and beautiful colours found on the wings of tropical butterflies. The findings could help make bank notes and ... Read more...

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Brain-cell activity in flying fruit flies

February 15th, 2010 - 4:27 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 15 (ANI): Scientists have obtained the first recordings of brain-cell activity in an actively flying fruit fly.A team of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), including Michael Dickinson, ... Read more...

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World’s first “self-irrigating” plant discovered in Israeli desert

July 2nd, 2009 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Haifa-Oranim in Israel have managed to make out the "self-irrigating" mechanism of the desert rhubarb, which enables it to harvest 16 times the ... Read more...

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Froghoppers use archery techniques for record-breaking jumps

September 30th, 2008 - 12:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 30 (ANI): University of Cambridge researchers have found that froghoppers use archery techniques to achieve the jump of up to 700 mm, more than 100 times their own body ... Read more...

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Weed used in Ayurveda can kill dengue mosquito

April 3rd, 2008 - 11:41 am ICT by admin
Kolkata, April 3 (IANS) Berries of a wild weed used in ayurvedic formulations could help eliminate dengue-spreading mosquitoes, resistant to synthetic insecticides, according to a study. Two-fifths of the global population is ... Read more...

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Vacuuming is the best way to get rid of fleas

December 18th, 2007 - 7:29 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): Researchers Ohio State University have determined that vacuuming kills fleas in all stages of their lives, with an average of 96 percent success in adult fleas and 100 ... Read more...

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