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Micro Fuel-Cells May Turn Insects Into Spies
2012-01-10 11:01:18

Is this the stuff that sci-fi movies are made of? Researchers have been working to outfit insects with tiny electronic sensors in hopes of creating insects that can be used in applications ranging from search-and-rescue to espionage, reports John Roach for MSNBC. Researchers recently published findings in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society which suggests that they are close to solving the problem of finding a reliable power source for the bug-borne sensors. Batteries alone...

2012-01-06 14:43:53

Case Western Reserve University scientists take step toward cyborg An insect's internal chemicals can be converted to electricity, potentially providing power for sensors, recording devices or to control the bug, a group of researchers at Case Western Reserve University report. The finding is yet another in a growing list from universities across the country that could bring the creation of insect cyborgs — touted as possible first responders to super spies — out of science...

2011-12-19 16:17:35

A North Carolina State University discovery of the unique chemical composition of a cockroach signal — a "Let's hook up" sex pheromone emitted by certain female wood cockroaches to entice potential mates — could have far-ranging benefits, including improved conservation of an endangered woodpecker. Dr. Coby Schal, Blanton J. Whitmire Professor of Entomology at NC State and the corresponding author of a paper describing the discovery, says that the study, published the week of...

2011-11-03 09:00:00

Assured Environments is unveiling a more user-friendly website. The redesigned website conveniently breaks out information for commercial and residential customers. This new educational website aims to be helpful to anybody with pest problems, questions or concerns. New York, NY (PRWEB) November 03, 2011 Assured Environments, New Yorkâs largest and oldest pest control firm, has built a solid reputation for its professional, environmentally-friendly pest management solutions....

2011-10-17 09:00:00

â˜Debug the Mythsâ Experts Offer Homeowner Advice to Prevent Pests and Costly Home Repairs During the Holiday Season Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 17, 2011 RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)®, today announced that a recent survey conducted by the trade association shows that nearly 70 percent of homeowners state that zero is the acceptable number of pests allowed inside their home before they take action to get rid of them. The...

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2011-06-12 05:45:00

Cockroaches have been identified by researchers as a potential explanation as to why childhood asthma is more prevalent in some urban neighborhoods than others. In New York City neighborhoods where asthma is common, Children are exposed to higher levels of cockroach allergens, which makes them more likely to be sensitized to it, according to the study published online in the Journal of Clinical Immunology. Asthma among children in New York City neighborhoods varies anywhere from 3% to 19%. In...

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2011-05-24 08:35:00

A glow-in-the-dark fungus, a jumping cockroach, a rust-consuming bacterium found on the RMS Titanic, and a leech with massive teeth are among the world's top 10 species discovered during the past year, according to the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists. The new species were discovered in the United States, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, Peru, the Philippines, West Africa, the Mascarene Islands, the Gulf...

2011-03-09 18:19:00

DALLAS and MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Terminix, the nation's largest pest-control provider, announced the launch of their 2011 "Seeing Is Believing" integrated ad campaign. Taking dramatic center stage is a 30-second TV commercial entitled 'Flying Monster' created by Publicis Dallas. The TV spot brings to cinematic life the havoc pests can wreak on homeowners, comparing pests to monsters. The Publicis creative team went through an extensive character development process...

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2011-02-07 11:45:02

TAU uses the common cockroach to fine-tune robots of the future Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach "” they're masters of quick and precise movement. Now Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too. Prof. Amir Ayali of Tel Aviv University's Department of Zoology says the study of cockroaches has already inspired advanced robotics. Robots have long been based on these six-legged houseguests, whose nervous...


Latest Cockroach Reference Libraries

Darwin Termite, Mastotermes darwiniensis
2013-08-13 11:55:09

The Darwin termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis), also known as the giant northern termite, is a species of termite that can only be found in northern areas of Australia. This species is the only member of its genus and the only living member of the family Mastotermitidae. It does not typically occur in large groups, but if food, water, and space are adequate, populations can number in the millions. This typically occurs in areas where natural conditions have been altered including near piles of...

Scutigera coleoptrata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. Credit: Bruce Marlin/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0) Scutigera coleoptrata is one of many species of house centipedes. This species is native to the Mediterranean, but it is capable of moving to other region of the world including most of Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. It is thought to have first ventured from its native range into Mexico and Guatemala, and its range has now stretched into Argentina in the south and Canada in...

Moniliformis moniliformis
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Moniliformis moniliformis is a species of acanthocephalan parasite that can infect humans, though it rarely does. Human infections have been reported in the United States, Iran, Iraq, and Nigeria. It has been found in rats all over the world, and usually is found in cats, dogs and, in Poland, red foxes. Intermediate hosts are usually beetles and cockroaches. This parasite, like other acanthocephalans, does not have a digestive tract. It absorbs nutrients through the tegument (external...

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2005-08-25 11:23:00

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea. The names of the order are derived from Greek blatta, meaning "cockroach". There are roughly 3,500 species in 6 families. Cockroaches exist worldwide, with the exception of the polar regions and in elevations above 6,500 ft (2,000 m). Among the most well-known species are the American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana) which is about 3 cm long, and the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) about 1.5 cm long. Tropical cockroaches are often...

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2005-08-25 11:19:50

The Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) is a large cockroach which is originally from the island of Madagascar off the African coast. They are large and wingless and grow up to 2.5" in length and are brown to black in color. The insect makes a hissing sound for communication. They can live up to two years. It is a very popular pet because of its hissing sound and large size, and interesting appearance. It has become a popular insect in Hollywood movies, featured...

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