Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

How to protect kids from tick and mosquito bug bites

"Choosing the appropriate bug repellent can be confusing for parents. Some may protect against mosquitos but not ticks, for example."

Beata Mostafavi-Michigan • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects parents childrens-health ticks lyme-disease parasites health-and-medicine mosquitoes

Try this app to avoid ticks this summer

With summer's arrival, avoiding ticks and the Lyme disease they spread is super important. A phone app can give you the facts you need to know.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
June 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects apps ticks lyme-disease mobile-devices parasites featured health-and-medicine citizen-scientists

Volcanic glass spray can kill mosquitoes

A new spray made with a type of volcanic glass shows promise in killing mosquitoes. That could help stop the spread of malaria.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: insects pesticides malaria glass science-and-technology health-and-medicine mosquitoes coatings

Millipede fossil takes ‘world’s oldest bug’ title

The fossil researchers have dubbed the "world's oldest bug" is older than any fossil of an insect, arachnid, or related creepy-crawly.

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
May 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution insects fossils featured science-and-technology

Are you ready for this summer’s cicada invasion?

After 17 years underground, cicadas will return by the millions this summer. Here, an expert breaks down their life cycle and why they emerge when they do.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: insects earth-and-environment sounds

Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution insects bees plants pollen pollinators science-and-technology flowers

Flowering strips for bumble bees offer perks and risks

Although there are pros and cons to flowering strips for bumble bees, they're a good way to offset pollinator declines, say researchers.

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: insects bees plants pollinators earth-and-environment flowers

Good news for pollinators: People love bees

Buzz about "murder hornets" and "killer bees" aside, people love bees. And that's a positive sign for the conservation of our pollinators, researchers say.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation insects bees public-opinion pollinators earth-and-environment

How the ‘murder hornet’ threatens honey bees

Asian giant hornets have made their way to the United States. Two experts break down what that means and what makes the pests so pesky.

Rose Brandt-Arizona • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: insects bees science-and-technology

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