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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Study reveals gut’s role in causing death by sleep deprivation

Fruit fly study finds death by sleep deprivation is preceded by the accumulation of unstable molecules known as reactive oxidative species in the gut.

Kevin Jiang • harvard
June 4, 2020 ~10 min

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Scientists are working to protect invaluable living collections during coronavirus lockdowns

From fungi and flies to spiders and fish, living collections need care and feeding even when their human keepers are dealing with a pandemic and its resultant social distancing.

Rita Rio, Professor of Biology, West Virginia University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~9 min

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Dirty flies offer clues to neural circuits

Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Pathway boost gives new life to old fly heart muscles

A way to turn back the clock on fruit flies' aging heart muscles could lead to new treatments for older humans with heart disease.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~3 min

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Sand fly mating habits offer way to tackle tropical disease

Globally, over 350 million people are at risk of infection from Leishmaniasis. The mating habits of the female sand fly may offer a way to fight it.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~3 min

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