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Population Of Flying Insects Drops By 75 Percent

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Population Of Flying Insects Drops By 75 Percent

A new study shows that the population of flying insects across Germany's nature reserves has dropped significantly by 75 percent over a period of about 27 years. Scientists say that the drop in populations could place ecosystems in jeopardy. The 27 Years Of Study: 'An Alarming Discovery' The research, published in PLOS ONE, examines data collected from 63 nature protected areas in Germany since 1989. To gather samples and data, entomologists have been using "Malaise traps" over the course of 27 years to keep track of the number of "total insect biomass" every year. Malaise traps are tents used to...

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‘The windscreen phenomenon’ - why your car is no longer covered in dead insects

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‘The windscreen phenomenon’ - why your car is no longer covered in dead insects

Wildlife experts have been warning about the alarming decline in insects for decades. But the fall in numbers of bugs in Britain has now reached such a troubling extent that even motorists are noticing that their windscreens are clear of squashed flies, gnats, moths and wasps. Where a trip in high summer would once have necessitated taking a squeegee to the front window, now the glass is largely clear, drivers are reporting. Writing in The Telegraph letters page earlier this week, Michael Groom of Teffont Evias, Wiltshire asked: “Where have all the insects gone? My windscreen remains clear whatever the...

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Zombies, Abominations, And Body Snatchers: Nature's Horrifying Parasites

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Zombies, Abominations, And Body Snatchers: Nature's Horrifying Parasites

If you look closely at nature, you’ll find it’s often too bizarre to believe. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to follow physical laws, but the script of a horror flick written by an overly-imaginative kid. Zombies, abominations, body-snatchers—they're all real. Nature is full of monsters, but that’s also why it’s awesome. In honor of Halloween, here are six horrific highlights from the animal kingdom. Pictures and More: Popular Science

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Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

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Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason? It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future. Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies. The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is...

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Millions of locusts invade farms and devastate crops in Russia video

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Millions of locusts invade farms and devastate crops in Russia video

A state of emergency has been declared in southern Russia after a huge swarm of locusts spread over 70,000 hectares devastating crops. They came by millions, blackened the sky and destroyed at least 10% of Dagestan’s farmland. This impressive video shows the exact moment this nearly biblical swarm of locusts engulfs large farmland area, totally blackening the sky. Farmers and officials are trying to disrupt them using aircrafts and fires, but seem powerless to combat the locusts. Read More: Strange Sounds

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