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Image 1 - Prehistoric Mite Caught Hitching A Ride On A Spider
2011-11-09 05:34:27

Scientists have produced amazing three-dimensional images of a prehistoric mite as it hitched a ride on the back of a 50 million-year-old spider. At just 176 micrometers long and barely visible to the naked eye, University of Manchester researchers and colleagues in Berlin believe the mite, trapped inside Baltic amber (fossil tree resin), is the smallest arthropod fossil ever to be scanned using X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning techniques. They say their study — published...

2011-08-24 18:41:05

Wheezy toddlers who have a sensitivity to house dust mites are more at risk of developing asthma by the age of 12, a University of Melbourne led study has shown. Children aged one — two years with a family history of allergy, who had a positive skin prick test to house dust mites, had a higher risk of developing asthma later in life. Results showed 75 per cent of these children had asthma at aged 12 compared to 36 per cent of children without a positive skin prick test. Lead...

2011-08-09 08:00:00

AMBLER, Pa., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allergy Technologies LLC, manufacturer of ActiveGuard(TM) mattress liners, is sponsoring a new bed bug research program at The Ohio State University through an initial $100,000+ grant provided by the Company. This new endeavor will examine the importance and effects of specific products, protocols and strategies relating to innovative bed bug treatment applications. The dramatic rise in bed bug infestations throughout the country in the last ten...

2011-06-21 14:58:00

BRAINTREE, Mass., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dust mites are microscopic creatures that live in mattresses and upholstery and the unprepared home or apartment can be the host to millions of them, causing red and itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, sneezing and congestion. Your first step in dust mite control is to keep your home cool and at a humidity level below 50%. Dust mite covers that encase your mattress, box spring and pillows and made of comfortable, breathable fabrics should be...

2011-04-08 15:35:25

Researchers say 1 damaging parasite can be used to eliminate another more difficult-to-manage parasite on hens, ultimately benefiting egg producers With the Easter holiday season coming up soon, egg consumption is expected to rise temporarily. But are hens in egg farms producing the maximum number of eggs they can? "Parasites such as fowl mites that commonly infest hens can reduce egg production by five percent or more," says Bradley A. Mullens, a professor of entomology at the University of...

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2011-03-01 09:58:42

In the mating game, some female mites are mightier than their mates, new research at the University of Michigan and the Russian Academy of Sciences suggests. The evidence comes, in part, from 40 million-year-old mating mites preserved in Baltic amber. In a paper published March 1 in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, researchers Pavel Klimov and Ekaterina Sidorchuk describe an extinct mite species in which the traditional sex roles were reversed. "In this species, it is the female...

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2010-10-24 07:55:00

As Halloween approaches, tales of monsters and creepy crawlies abound. Among the most fearsome is the legendary beast known as the chupacabras. But the real fiend is not the hairless, fanged animal purported to attack and drink the blood of livestock; it's a tiny, eight-legged creature that turns a healthy, wild animal into a chupacabras, says University of Michigan biologist Barry OConnor. The existence of the chupacabras, also known as the goatsucker, was first surmised from livestock...

2010-09-23 12:50:48

Big-picture look being taken on wheat streak mosaic virus Wheat streak mosaic virus is the most prevalent disease in the southwestern wheat producing region of the U.S., according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, is assembling several teams of scientists to work on the disease from every aspect: vector to diagnosis and mapping to control. "There are other diseases of concern, but wheat streak mosaic is always found...

2010-07-07 11:00:00

NEW YORK, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The record-setting heat hitting the east coast provides the perfect breeding ground for dust mites, making it an extremely difficult week for those who suffer from asthma, eczema or indoor allergies. Smartsilk(TM) (http://www.Smartsilk.com), an all natural bedding company, announced today that its new collection of silk filled bedding offers sleepers an impenetrable line of defense against the dreaded dust mite. In addition to repelling them, the bedding...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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