Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bees crops insecticide pesticides pollinators

These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Bed nets with extra layer better shield against malaria

An extra barrier layer above malaria bed nets significantly improves their performance, a new study shows.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine malaria mosquitoes pesticides

What you can do to keep your kids safe from pesticides

Pesticides can have serious effects on the health of young kids, but there are things you can do to keep yours safe.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health parents pesticides pregnancy

Nazi scientists created an alternative to DDT pesticide

Researchers hunting for new pesticides came across DFDT, and soon found that German scientists in WWII had beaten them to it.

Rachel Harrison-NYU | Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment history mosquitoes pesticides world-war-ii

Prenatal exposure to these pesticides may change teen brain

"These results are compelling, because they support what we have seen with our neuropsychological testing, which is that organophosphates impact the brain."

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Sept. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains pesticides teenagers

5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida | June 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bees honey-bees insects land pesticides pollinators sustainability

5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida | June 19, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bees honey-bees insects land pesticides pollinators sustainability

Wild tomato hairs carry an all-natural bug repellant

Wild tomatoes have evolved to ward off insects. Their tricks could lead to pest-resistant varieites of the ones we eat.

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | April 25, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture food genetic-engineering insects pesticides tomatoes

Do G.E. pesticides hang out in the soil?

Genetic engineering can make crops that literally grow their own defense, but scientists still need to understand how they degrade in the soil.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL | March 4, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture genetic-engineering pesticides soil

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