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2010-03-01 15:21:02

Observing the aerial maneuvers of fruit flies, Cornell University researchers have uncovered how the insects "“ when disturbed by sharp gusts of wind "“ right themselves and stay on course. Fruit flies use an automatic stabilizer reflex that helps them recover with precision from midflight stumbles, according to observations published online today (March 1, 2010) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Learning from the biological world could help the mechanical, as...

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2010-02-04 11:25:00

Insects, a popular delicacy in many parts of the world, are getting a culinary makeover in one Central American city, where scientists are "Ëœgrowing' insects that will be tailored for human consumption. The idea for a common sustainable diet in many African cultures caught the eye of entomologist Manuel Zumbado, who began researching insects as an alternative food source. With the rainforest in mind, Costa Rica has a countless supply of insect species, which may include thousands...

2009-10-22 10:38:34

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, is a world plague which represents one of the most serious problems for agriculture. However, the control methods currently present in the market for this plague are ineffective. The research group of the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Granada (Spain) has isolated and identified a stump of the genus Bacillus, extremely toxic for larvae of C. capitata. After subjecting such stump to a specific treatment, protected by a patent,...

2009-09-25 13:32:10

Monarch butterflies locate their winter home in Mexico through a key mechanism in their antennae, scientists in Massachusetts said. Scientists have long known that butterfly antennae can detect odors, wind direction and vibration, said Dr. Steven Reppert, chair of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But its role in precise orientation over the course of butterfly migration is an intriguing new discovery, one that may spark a new line of investigation into neural...

2009-09-24 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Wacom(R) today announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer...

2009-07-26 13:19:22

The number of fireflies lighting up the night throughout the United States appears to be declining, scientists say. Firefly researcher Marc Branham said when compared with the appearance of fireflies from a decade or two ago, the current natural population of the insect species appears to have dropped significantly, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Sunday. There certainly appear to be fewer fireflies out now as opposed to 10 or 20-some years ago, the University of Florida assistant professor...

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2009-01-02 07:35:00

Old mosquitoes are normally a catalyst in the spread of disease, so scientists from Australia have found a way to kill mosquitoes naturally by breeding them to carry an insect parasite that causes earlier death. Until now, scientists had been searching for a way to genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to illnesses like dengue fever and malaria. When mosquitoes contract a disease like malaria or dengue, it takes two weeks of incubation before the insect can spread the illness...

2006-08-30 10:49:28

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Country Music Association awards are a three-way showdown between Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney, while the Dixie Chicks were snubbed again with not a single nomination on Wednesday. The country-pop trio have been boycotted by many radio stations since lead singer Natalie Maines said during a London concert in March 2003 that the band was "ashamed" to come from the same state -- Texas -- as President George W. Bush. Despite...

2006-05-31 15:24:54

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country trio the Dixie Chicks, the darlings of Nashville until their singer criticized President Bush three years ago, opened at No. 1 on the U.S. charts on Wednesday with their first studio album since then, but sales were sharply lower. "Taking The Long Way," their third chart-topper, sold 525,000 copies in the week ended May 28, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. The figure ranks as one of the biggest openings of the year, and exceeds industry...

2005-06-30 13:46:31

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Many of Italy's biggest pop stars haveshaken off their initial skepticism about Live 8 and agreed toperform on the Rome stage of the international anti-povertyrock extravaganza on Saturday. Bob Geldof, who publicly chided Italian stars for theirreluctance to appear, has even persuaded Zucchero, one of thefew Italians to have a Top 10 hit in Britain, to perform inRome as well as Paris where he was first scheduled to play. By playing at Rome's Circus...