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2011-12-19 16:17:35

A North Carolina State University discovery of the unique chemical composition of a cockroach signal — a "Let's hook up" sex pheromone emitted by certain female wood cockroaches to entice potential mates — could have far-ranging benefits, including improved conservation of an endangered woodpecker. Dr. Coby Schal, Blanton J. Whitmire Professor of Entomology at NC State and the corresponding author of a paper describing the discovery, says that the study, published the week of...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'