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2009-12-29 09:20:00

The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering marvel, and is providing researchers at Oregon State University with what they call "bioinspiration" in a quest to build the world's first legged robot that is capable of running effortlessly over rough terrain. If the engineers succeed, they may owe their success to what's being learned from these insects and other animals, such as the guinea hen, that have their own remarkable...

2009-11-13 13:17:11

A study by scientists from the University of Valencia sheds new light on how the cockroach organism works. A research team from the Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, led by professors Amparo Latorre and Andr©s Moya, has shown why the German cockroach (Blatella germanica) eliminates excess nitrogen by excreting ammonia, in contrast to most terrestrial insects that commonly produce uric acid as a waste compound. The research is published November 13 in the...

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2009-11-06 08:50:00

Finding could lead to new understanding of substance harmful in kidney disease and other human diseases What life form can use materials as nutrients that we, and most other animals, would consider waste products? None other than the giant cockroaches that infest sewer systems and erupt from people's bathtub drains, according to scientists Nancy Moran and Zakee Sabree of the University of Arizona, and Srinivas Kambhampati of Kansas State University. The researchers published their results in...

2009-10-27 16:57:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Homeowners can help reduce landfill space and protect against pests while saving up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs with Terminix R-Plus Insulation. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090327/CL89887LOGO-e) Eco-conscious R-Plus Insulation is made from 85 percent recycled newsprint and is bonded, in a patented process, with boric acid that helps eliminate pests. R-Plus is an Energy Star-rated pest control insulation and is proven...

2009-09-16 12:50:00

A left-wing Swedish group has claimed responsibility for sending live cockroaches to a man whose firm owns several rental property companies. The group, Antifascist Action, said it delivered the package to the suburban Stockholm home of Simon Kling, vice president of Norway-based investment firm Acta, because the company has let several rental properties which they own fall into disrepair while the leadership lives well in their newly renovated houses, The Local reported Wednesday. Police...

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2009-09-10 06:30:00

Every dead animal gives off a distinct odor, referred to as the "stench of death", according to new research by Canadian scientists. Animal corpses ranging from insects to crustaceans all exude the same scent, which is produced by a special blend of fatty acids. The scientists explained that the smell alerts other animals to avoid those that have been overcome by disease or predators, a "Ëœdeath recognition system' that probably evolved over 400 million years ago. The team of...

2009-05-12 22:37:32

Using integrated pest management to control cockroaches is more effective than conventional methods in reducing cockroaches, U.S. researchers said. North Carolina schools are mandated to convert to IPM by 2011, so these findings give credibility that IPM has superior and longer-lasting results than pesticide use alone, study author Dr. Godfrey Nalyanya of North Carolina State University in Raleigh said in a statement. In fact, the study was so convincing that the two school districts using...

2009-05-07 15:46:10

Inappropriate uses of camphor, which provides the strong aromatic odor to many cold products, can cause seizures in young children, U.S. researchers warn. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York said that children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of camphor, which is easily absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes and as a result the federal government limits the camphor content of common cold preparations and requires...

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2009-05-06 15:10:00

Fewer allergen concentrations could reduce asthma incidences For years, scientists have associated growing asthma rates among children with exposure to cockroach allergens, especially among inner-city children. A new study in the May issue of Journal of Medical Entomology entitled "German Cockroach Allergen Levels in North Carolina Schools: Comparison of Integrated Pest Management and Conventional Cockroach Control" shows that using integrated pest management (IPM) to control cockroaches is...

2009-04-30 11:57:47

 Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the  presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches' bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research.Scientists cultured and identified fungi on the cockroaches' body surfaces with and without mites and discovered that the presence of these mites reduced the molds by at least 50 percent.Many of these same researchers reported a...


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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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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.