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2010-12-01 08:00:00

VISTA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- EcoBlu Products, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: ECOB) announced today that the company has successfully developed a proprietary product line of lumber treatments that employ protection against Fire, Mold/Mycotoxin, Termites and other wood ingesting insects. The company has developed the latest technology and has filed a Patent Pending defining the chemical properties as well as the application of such technology to the building industry. Utilizing...

2010-11-30 07:25:00

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage to structures annually. To avoid this destruction to their houses and their wallets, homeowners are choosing to voluntarily infest their homes with ants as a form of termite control. Ants are termites' mortal enemy but do not cause the same structural damage and are easier to control. Though still being researched, some homeowners are considering this termite control option. The first item that...

2010-10-29 19:07:48

The giant dragonflies of ancient Earth with wingspans of up to 70 centimeters (28 inches) are generally attributed to higher oxygen atmospheric levels in the atmosphere in the past. New experiments in raising modern insects in various oxygen-enriched atmospheres have confirmed that dragonflies grow bigger with more oxygen, or hyperoxia. However, not all insects were larger when oxygen was higher in the past. For instance, the largest cockroaches ever are skittering around today. The question...

2010-09-30 07:45:00

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage to structures every year. For homeowners to prevent these high costs, they must know the early signs of infestation to promote termite control. TermiteControl.net points homeowners to three main areas that can be examined to prevent a full scale infestation. The most obvious is the discovery of winged termites inside one's house. The most common mistake that homeowners make is confusing winged termites...

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2010-09-07 12:11:10

Using sophisticated airborne imaging and structural analysis, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology mapped more than 40,000 termite mounds over 192 square miles in the African savanna. They found that their size and distribution is linked to vegetation and landscape patterns associated with annual rainfall. The results reveal how the savanna terrain has evolved and show how termite mounds can be used to predict ecological shifts from climate change. The...

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2010-08-19 12:03:43

Panama Canal Expansion Creates Rare Opportunity to Obtain Samples in Environmentally Sensitive Area The widening of the Panama Canal currently underway has created a rare opportunity to study the insects that inhabit the plants of environmentally sensitive Central American rain forest habitats.  Dr. Amy Berkov, Professor of Biology at The City College of New York (CCNY), is leading a research effort that could shed new light on biodiversity by documenting the area's host-plant...

2010-07-13 06:40:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- When facing yet another summer of trashcans infested with disgusting maggots and flies, innovator Tim Deasy knew he had to come up with a new solution. Through a little research and effort, Fly Erase Pest Strip was developed. "This was nothing more than a simple twist on an existing technology that is extremely easy to use," said Tim Deasy. "Our convenient adhesive strip patch means Fly Erase will attach securely to the inner lid of any garbage...

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2010-06-20 08:23:41

With NSF support, Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to nature's running machines as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run over rough surfaces When John Schmitt looks at a fleeing cockroach, he doesn't see disease or dirt. He sees the perfect running machine. "I take my inspiration wherever I can get it," he said. Schmitt, an assistant professor in Oregon State University's school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, is...

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2010-06-05 06:50:00

Ever wondered how cockroaches seem to know the best place to grab a meal? New research at Queen Mary, University of London suggests that, just like humans, they share their local knowledge of the best food sources and follow 'recommendations' from others. It is often striking how little we know about our closest neighbor. Until now, it was assumed that cockroaches forage on their own to find food and water. However, this work shows how groups of the insects seem to make a collective choice...

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2010-05-26 09:25:00

The majestic animals most closely associated with the African savanna "“ fierce lions, massive elephants, towering giraffes "“ may be relatively minor players when it comes to shaping the ecosystem. The real king of the savanna appears to be the termite, say ecologists who have found that this humble creature contributes mightily to a grassland in central Kenya. Robert M. Pringle, a research fellow at Harvard University, and colleagues show that termite mounds greatly enhance...


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2005-09-09 09:12:45

A caterpillar is the larval form of a lepidopteran (a member of the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). Caterpillars are characterized by their long segmented bodies and many sets of "legs". They eat voracious leaf eaters and grow rapidly, During growth the caterpillar will shed its skin four to five times before pupating into its adult form. Caterpillars have six true legs (being hexapods) on the thorax, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and...

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2005-09-08 14:31:33

The Dragonfly is an insect belonging to the Order Odonata and suborder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multi-faceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. The dragonfly's diet consists typically of mosquitoes, midges and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They can be found around lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae (known as nymphs) are aquatic. Dragonflies do not bite or sting humans. Instead they are valued...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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2005-09-08 11:45:51

PHOTO CAPTION: Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea (photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Janice Carr) Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Some well known flea species include: Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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