These fruit flies get picky about where they lay eggs

The invasive spotted wing drosophila prefers to lay its eggs in places that no other fruit flies have visited. How it knows could help with pest control.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

These fruit flies get picky about where they lay eggs

The invasive spotted wing drosophila prefers to lay its eggs in places that no other fruit flies have visited. How it knows could help with pest control.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

Tiny cacao flowers and fickle midges are part of a pollination puzzle that limits chocolate production

Entomologists wonder if the insects currently pollinating farmed cacao are the right ones for the task.

DeWayne Shoemaker, Professor and Department Head, Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee • conversation
Feb. 10, 2021 ~6 min

Why does it take longer to fly from east to west on an airplane?

When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.

Skip Bailey, Aviation Institute Flight Training Coordinator and Instructor, University of Nebraska Omaha • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~5 min

Pollinators: neonicotinoid pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night's sleep

Chemicals banned in the EU were recently granted an exemption for limited use in the UK.

Kiah Tasman, Teaching Associate in Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~6 min

Two new fungi have a gruesome way to kill flies

Two newly discovered species of fungi infect flies and then get them to rain down spores to infect others before they die, researchers have found.

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

How do geese know how to fly south for the winter?

Geese honk loudly and point their bills toward the sky when they're ready to start the migration. Here's how they know it's time, how they navigate and how they conserve energy on the grueling trip.

Tom Langen, Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

How a 1940s treaty set airlines on a path to high emissions and low regulation

A precedent set at the industry's outset has dominated efforts to reform aviation.

Roger Tyers, Teaching Associate in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham • conversation
Nov. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Extra genome copies might protect aging fruit fly brains

The discovery that fruit fly brains add chromosomes as an anti-aging defense may help answer questions about human age-related brain disease.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Bloodthirsty tsetse flies nurse their young, one live birth at a time – understanding this unusual strategy could help fight the disease they spread

This insect's unique reproductive biology could lead to new ways to control the species in the environment – and prevent the deadly sleeping sickness it spreads to people.

Geoff Attardo, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

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