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2013-03-25 11:28:58

In August 2011, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were presented with a serious, and potentially very costly, puzzle in Kennewick, Wash. Since Kennewick lies within a region near the heart of Washington state's $1.5 billion apple-growing region, an annual survey of fruit trees is performed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to look for any invading insects. This time the surveyors discovered a crabapple tree that had been infested by a fruit fly that...

2011-12-22 08:00:00

The Natural Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com publishes articles in all areas of biological science. The latest articles cover Cicada which live in temperate to tropical climates and can cause damage to agricultural crops, shrubs, and trees, Maggots which are larva of flies attacking crops and food. The article on Winter Solstice covers a hemisphere's shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) December...

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2009-02-06 09:30:00

This year marks both the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work "On the Origin of Species." Just in time for the Darwin observances, a new paper appearing today in the journal Science by a team led by University of Notre Dame researchers Andrew Forbes, Thomas Powell, and Jeffrey Feder offers important insights into how new species come to be. "This study is important because it shows how biodiversity itself can be a major...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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