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How solitary locusts turn maurading bands


August 30th, 2012 - 2:17 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 30 (IANS) Vast locust swarms, spread over many square kilometres, can blot out the sky and destroy standing crops whenever they land. The scourge has been well recorded ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

China to use chicken army to fight locusts


July 7th, 2012 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 7 (IANS) An "army of chickens" will be employed by the administration of a Chinese province to fight locusts in its pastureland.Gansu province in northwest China will send ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Bangkok’s insect food: protein-rich cricket cookies, bamboo-worm pizzas (Feature with pics)


March 25th, 2012 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, March 25 (IANS) These appetizers are also crispy and crunchy although the extra pairs of legs and tentacles do not make them look so yummy like your regular chicken ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Insects watch skies to navigate


January 18th, 2012 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 18 (IANS) How do insects such as butterflies, locusts and fruit flies navigate thousands of miles so precisely with only the unchanging sky in the foreground? Researchers now ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Protein turns harmless grasshoppers into destructive swarms


December 21st, 2011 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 21 (IANS) Locusts devastate swathes of vegetation in swarms that stretch over many square kilometres, blotting the sun and the sky for hours. This is due to a ... Read more...

Posted in World |

No malice towards rioters: Indian-origin shop-owner


August 13th, 2011 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 13 (IANS) An Indian-origin shopkeeper in London, who lost 200,000 pounds in riots earlier this week, says he bears no ill will towards the looters who "swept in ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Gaddafi threatens attacks on Europe


July 2nd, 2011 - 12:20 pm ICT by IANS
Tripoli, July 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has warned of attacks in Europe unless NATO stops its air strikes against key facilities in the North African country.Gaddafi said ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

44-year-old mystery resolved: Fleas jump from toes, not knees


February 11th, 2011 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): A 44-year-old mystery about how fleas are able to jump so high has now been resolved - they push off the ground from their toes, not from their ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cockroaches could help combat E.coli


September 5th, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 5 (IANS) Powerful antibiotic molecules, present in cockroach and locust tissues, could counter MRSA and E.coli bugs. MRSA isa bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. Scientists at the Nottingham ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Cockroaches could help fight MRSA, E.coli


September 5th, 2010 - 11:54 am ICT by ANI
London, Sept 5 (ANI): Cockroaches and locusts, which are widely reviled for their dirty image, could actually be more of a health benefit than a health risk, say scientists.Scientists at Nottingham University ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Chinese ‘Pompeii’ unearthed in Hunan


August 21st, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug 21 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered an oriental 'Pompeii' in Hunan, China.As Pompeii in Italy was destroyed by the volcanic eruption, the Chengbu Shiwangutian was destroyed by a plague of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Insects are an ecological and tasty alternative to meat, advises scientist


July 19th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 19 (ANI): A Dutch scientist has advised people to consume insects as a replacement for beef, after he learned that around 70 percent of the world's agricultural land is being ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ants use Velcro-like claws to trap prey 5,700 times their own weight


July 4th, 2010 - 4:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 4 (ANI): Azteca andreae, a South American ant, uses hook-like claws, similar to those seen in Velcro, to hunt prey thousands of times its own weight.In the jungles of French ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Swarming ’swells’ brains of desert locusts


May 26th, 2010 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 26 (ANI): Scientists in Cambridge have discovered that the locust swarm has extraordinary effects on the insect's brains.Although desert locusts are infamous for their swarming behaviour - when they migrate ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Locust swarm inspires new pizza topping Down Under


April 19th, 2010 - 3:37 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 19 (ANI): Locust swarms sweeping across northern Victoria are becoming a problem for most, but some entrepreneurs are earning a lot from the insects, with one even using them as ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Deadly scorpion venom used to develop safe, ecological pesticide


January 12th, 2010 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 12 (ANI): Researchers have made use of powerful, paralysing venom produced by scorpions to develop a safe and ecologically sound pesticide that immobilises animal prey on the spot.Prof. Michael Gurevitz, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Locusts perform complex tasks even with dot-sized brains


December 25th, 2009 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Locusts perform complex tasks even with pinhead-sized brains, says a new study. Take, for instance, climbing a ladder. We rely on our vision to find the successive rungs. Similarly, ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Even bugs use vision to find footholds


December 25th, 2009 - 12:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 25 (ANI): Just like mammals, insects too use vision rather than touch to find footholds, a new study found.The first of its kind discovery was made, thanks to high-speed video ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Tiny insect brains can perform remarkable feats of mental gymnastics


November 18th, 2009 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 18 (ANI): A growing number of studies indicate that although insects have tiny brains, they can perform some seriously impressive feats of mental gymnastics.According to a report in Discovery News, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

‘Micro-aircraft’ inspired by insect flight comes closer to reality


September 18th, 2009 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 18 (ANI): A "micro-aircraft" inspired by the manoeuvrability and energy efficiency of an insect may have come closer to reality, for scientists have successfully decoded the aerodynamic secrets of insect ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Locusts’ brains may provide clues to curing migraines, stroke


July 4th, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 4 (ANI): Queen's University biologists have revealed that insight into the locust's brain may offer a novel way to manipulate human brain to stave off diseases like migraines, stroke, and ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Sugar may be tenacious termite’s Achilles heel


June 9th, 2009 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 9 (ANI): Scientists in the US have come up with a cheap, environmentally friendly way to kill termites and other pests.In their study, they have found that a substance derived ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Serotonin turns peaceful locusts into rampaging swarms


January 30th, 2009 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) What transforms a harmless, solitary and peace loving insect like the desert locust into a rampaging, voracious swarm that blacks out the sky and strips bare vast swathes ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Happiness chemical turns humble grasshoppers into marauding locusts


January 30th, 2009 - 1:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 30 (ANI): Scientists from the UK and Australia have uncovered the underlying biological reason why locusts form migrating swarms.They have identified an increase in the chemical serotonin (a chemical ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Reptiles may soon outdo dogs and cats to become UK’’s most popular pets!


November 23rd, 2008 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Reptiles like snakes, geckos and bearded dragons have become more popular pets than dogs, according to a new research. There are now as many as eight million reptiles ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Prince Harry, girlfriends romantic dinner with zebras, crocs and locusts!


October 12th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, October 12 (ANI): Prince Harry and girlfriend Chelsy Davy enjoyed a romantic dinner with a wild menu consisting of zebras, crocodiles, and wildebeest.The couple spent the evening having a merry ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Agra farmers concerned over locust attack


August 8th, 2008 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS
Agra, Aug 8 (IANS) Farmers in several villages in Uttar Pradesh's Agra district are worried over recent attacks by locust swarms. Ipe M. Ipe, an entomologist, found a few locusts lying in ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

Peacock gang launches attack on Brit village cars!


June 26th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 26 (ANI): A group of peacocks has become a hazard for Lincolnshire villagers after the birds started attacking their cars.When Percy the peacock first strutted into the village, residents ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Locusts may help explain obesity problem in humans


May 27th, 2008 - 5:55 pm ICT by admin
Melbourne , May 27 (ANI): Obesity research has gained a new momentum with scientists claiming that eating habits in locusts may hold the key to why humans binge on food and ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

The tiny jumping robot thats inspired by the grasshopper


May 22nd, 2008 - 12:19 pm ICT by admin
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Swiss researchers have developed a new robot inspired by grasshopper.The miniscule seven grams robot unveiled by researchers from Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL at the IEEE ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Cannibalism drives vast locust swarms, says study


May 9th, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by admin
Washington, May 9 (IANS) Cannibalism, spurred by sheer hunger, drives billions of tiny locusts to take to flight, whose movement blacks out the sun and the skies for tens of kilometres. Long ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Cannibalism is what triggers of locust migration


May 9th, 2008 - 1:23 pm ICT by admin
Washington, May 9 (ANI): Locust migrations have been viewed as one of the most spectacular events in nature. In seemingly spontaneous fashion, around 10 billion critters can suddenly throng the air ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Agra set to host international competition for flying robots


March 11th, 2008 - 12:37 pm ICT by admin
London, March 11 (ANI): The city of Agra in India will be hosting an international competition for micro aerial vehicles this week, where the teams will vie for the prize money by ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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