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Holy Grail: Vaccine made from mosquito spit could protect people from all kinds of vector borne diseases
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Holy Grail: Vaccine made from mosquito spit could protect people from all kinds of vector borne diseases

The initial results from the trial showed that an Anopheles mosquito-based vaccine was safe and it triggered antibody and cellular responses.

Desert locust swarms invade India: They are millimetres in size but millions in numbers
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Desert locust swarms invade India: They are millimetres in size but millions in numbers

The current locust swarm is thought to have originated in southern Iran due to the Indian Ocean Dipole, which caused warmer waters to its west and cooler waters to its east.

Bees to Butterflies: World has lost more than one quarter of its land dwelling insects in the past 30 years
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Bees to Butterflies: World has lost more than one quarter of its land dwelling insects in the past 30 years

Researchers didn’t find a link to climate change and the loss of insect population but think it could be due to loss of habitat due to urbanization.

Scientists find plants use hormone called jasmonic acid to fight fungi, insect attacks
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Scientists find plants use hormone called jasmonic acid to fight fungi, insect attacks

For the study, scientists used Arabidopsis thaliana ⁠— a small flowering plant in the mustard family .

World Wildlife Day 2020: 10 incredible camouflaging insects to remind you that Mother Nature is beautiful
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World Wildlife Day 2020: 10 incredible camouflaging insects to remind you that Mother Nature is beautiful

Whether it is to protect themselves from predators or to help them catch their prey, these insects are masters at blending in

Coronavirus outbreak might have originated in infected bats – here’s why scientists think so
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Coronavirus outbreak might have originated in infected bats – here’s why scientists think so

Bats may have an immune system that lets them coexist with many disease-causing viruses, experts think.

Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer
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Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer

Some genetic variants from a human's past can be helpful as it may allow people to have a long life despite smoking

Wildlife discovered in 2019: From leaf like lizards, venomous vipers to human sized leaves
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Wildlife discovered in 2019: From leaf like lizards, venomous vipers to human sized leaves

Discoveries of new species is the outcome of perseverance, years of fieldwork & long periods of looking at museum records.

Fossils show collective behaviour in animals might've began 480 million years ago
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Fossils show collective behaviour in animals might've began 480 million years ago

Biologists have studied group behaviour among animals, but we still don't know when or how it originated.

Farmers replace the pesticides with insects to protect crops in Spain's Sea of Plastic
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Farmers replace the pesticides with insects to protect crops in Spain's Sea of Plastic

The mosaic of white plastic is visible from space and produces food all year round to supply Europe's markets.

Insects disappearing in India as urbanisation and pollution wreak havoc
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Insects disappearing in India as urbanisation and pollution wreak havoc

With the rapid disappearance of insects, whose cause is attributed largely to their displacement because of urbanisation, the alarming fact is that India lacks records of its insects. Preserving insect population is an urgent priority.

Ladybug swarm: Massive ladybug migration several kilometers wide picked up by radar
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Ladybug swarm: Massive ladybug migration several kilometers wide picked up by radar

The large radar 'echo' spotted by weather forecasters was a 'cloud of ladybugs', known as a 'bloom'.

World Bee Day 2019: Flower corridor in London's parks a welcome gift for honeybees
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World Bee Day 2019: Flower corridor in London's parks a welcome gift for honeybees

The important pollinating insects are on a decline & scientists hope this flowery invitation will boost their population.

Extinctions of million species driven by mankind are looming, new UN report finds
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Extinctions of million species driven by mankind are looming, new UN report finds

We can feed the coming billion people without destroying another inch of nature, report says.

No pests in nature: Insects killed by pesticides have far more medicinal value than humans realise
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No pests in nature: Insects killed by pesticides have far more medicinal value than humans realise

Many insects, used in alternative medicine, are now being tested for mainstream medical products

Tiny 'water bears' could teach us how to survive extreme environments, science says
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Tiny 'water bears' could teach us how to survive extreme environments, science says

Tardigrades can curl up, dry out and stay dormant for decades before they come back alive.

Not all termites are pests; most are soil engineers, play key role in functioning of tropical ecosystems
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Not all termites are pests; most are soil engineers, play key role in functioning of tropical ecosystems

Only a handful of the 3,000 or so known termite species are pests for humans. The rest are soil engineers, who strengthen the ground under your feet and keep it healthy. Termites thrive by eating what others can’t or won’t: wood, dung, lichen, even dirt.

Collapse in world's plummeting insect numbers is threatening to destabilise nature
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Collapse in world's plummeting insect numbers is threatening to destabilise nature

Insects are going extinct at eight times the rate other animals are, which is worrying.

Newly-discovered beetle species named after dragons in 'Game of Thrones'
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Newly-discovered beetle species named after dragons in 'Game of Thrones'

While Drogoni & viserioni are from Colombia & Ecuador, rhaegali can be found in French Guiana.

Global warming will make insects hungrier, put key crops at risk: Researchers
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Global warming will make insects hungrier, put key crops at risk: Researchers

Rising temperatures will stimulate insects' appetites, putting many key crops at risk, a study says.