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.
Dec. 15, 2020 • ~5 min
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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.
Nov. 16, 2020 • ~8 min
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A precedent set at the industry's outset has dominated efforts to reform aviation.
Nov. 3, 2020 • ~7 min
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The discovery that fruit fly brains add chromosomes as an anti-aging defense may help answer questions about human age-related brain disease.
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.
July 29, 2020 • ~7 min
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Fruit fly study finds death by sleep deprivation is preceded by the accumulation of unstable molecules known as reactive oxidative species in the gut.
June 4, 2020 • ~10 min
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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.
April 23, 2020 • ~9 min
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Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.
March 6, 2020 • ~6 min
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A way to turn back the clock on fruit flies' aging heart muscles could lead to new treatments for older humans with heart disease.
Jan. 7, 2020 • ~3 min
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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.
Dec. 11, 2019 • ~3 min
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