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2010-12-08 10:10:00

One of the world's rarest and most unique looking flies, the "terrible harry fly," has been rediscovered in Kenya for the first time since 1948, researchers announced on Wednesday. According to the AFP, Dr. Robert Copeland and Dr. Ashley Kirk-Spriggs of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) "found the fly, known as Mormotomyia Hirsuta, in its only known habitat, a cave-like rock cleft in Ukazi Hill east of Nairobi." It marked just the third time the species had...

2005-10-26 04:46:56

By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Researchers have developed an organic pesticide that can control deadly locust swarms in Africa, reducing the need to use traditional insecticides that harm the environment, a senior scientist said on Wednesday. Last year West Africa's worst locust infestation for more than a decade wreaked havoc and worsened food shortages in some of the world's poorest nations, causing major damage to grain crops across a region where many are subsistence...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.