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Don't Swat It--It May be a Spy

Why make tiny flying drones when you can fly REAL insects by remote-control? In 2006, DARPA asked US scientists to submit "innovative proposals to develop technology to create insect-cyborgs"--tiny flying robots that can perform surveillance in dangerous territory. One there...
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It's a Bigger World Than We Think

Biologists now think that that tiny creatures--from worms to insects--are much more important to the health of our planet than they seem to be. In fact, the fate of all life (including us!) may depend on them.

In the November 10th edition of the Observer, John Vidal quotes...
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Eavesdropping Insects Save the Coffee

While we humans go about our daily conversations (often on cell phones), we don't realize that the whole world is talking and...
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Bug Phones

We know that plants communicate with "clicks." Now it turns out that the insects that live on these plants use the soil they grow in to leave "voicemail" messages with each other in...
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Bio Bugs Flying Your Way

We may find insects annoying, but one scientist thinks that they can be bioengineered to save the world. Using bits and pieces of DNA from different species, he wants to create "designer bugs" to do specific tasks, such...
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Ants May Help Us Understand ETs

The biologist Edward O. Wilson has made a protracted study of the behavior of ants, as a way of understanding human culture. Since Whitley (and other contactees) often report that...
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Insects Fight Terrorism

New research may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans. But we'd better get there soon, because...
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Plague of Stink Bugs in 33 States

The tiny brown stink bug has been reported in 33 states so far this year. They get their name due to their smell of decaying garbage when they are squashed--and they lay 30 eggs a year! It seems to be spreading from its usual home along the mid-Atlantic coast to states throughout the US (due to...
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Bigger Than Ever

Roaches, that is: Many insects of today are tiny, compared to their ancient ancestors, but the biggest cockroaches that have ever lived are living in your kitchen today--they're the size of steaks--and scientists are trying to figure out why. Many insects grow...
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Bedbugs in the Office

Bloodspots on your office chair? - Bedbugs are back and now they've moved from the bed to the office. Unless you want to catch them and eat them, what are you going to do?

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Bugs for Dinner

We farm fish and we certainly farm fruits and vegetables. Insects are full of protein and while Americans don't eat them, many other cultures do, so why not farm them? In the future, we may do just that (unless they get too powerful--in which case we'll probably shoot them down and eat the roadkill).

Raising cows, pigs and sheep uses up...

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Bug Brains

Insects may have tiny brains the size of a pinhead, but the latest research shows just how clever they really are. Will the future Earth be controlled by intelligent insects? Scientists have discovered that surrealistic experiences increase human brainpower and now they've discovered that swarming increases the size of BUG brains (in this case...

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Robot Roaches

What if all those nasty bugs running around your kitchen floor were really ROBOTS?! This may especially be true if they're not scurrying around but are marching in formation to some sort of unheard time beat. And speaking of kitchens, your NEXT house may be based on termite nests.

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Are Insects Superorganisms?

Are the Grays the same thing? - Are the Grays actually an evolutionary form of hive insects from the future? Anne Strieber addresses this theory in our first Dreamland of 2010 (NOTE: subscriberscan still listen to this show).

For more than a century, biologists have marveled at the highly cooperative nature of ants, bees...

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Roaches Will Survive

Once we learned that they can survive a nuclear war (while we won't). Now it turns out they're impervious to global warming as well. I guess we have to accept the fact that they will always be around (even if we are not).

Researchers have learned that cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes, which will help them...

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Plant Pretends to be Sick

We now know that bacteria plan ahead. New research has revealed that some plants are hypochondriacs. Nature has a lot to tell us if we'll only listen.

They don't actually THINK they're sick when they're not, the way human hypochondriacs do. What they do is PRETEND to be sick, in order to fend off attacks by moths that only want to lay...

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Solution to a Long-Standing Mystery

Bugs can be useful?but most of the time, they're annoying?especially flies. Scientists have finally figured out why they're so hard to swat!

It turns out that flies (unlike most humans) have an incredible ability to plan ahead. They can quickly see where a threat is coming from, so they can dodge our swatters before they reach them....

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Beetles ROCK

?And we're not talking about the Beatles. For some reason, people like to name newly-discovered species after rock musicians. In LiveScience.com, Jeanna Bryner reports that a new species of beetle has been named after rock star Roy Orbison, because it looks like it's wearing a tuxedo. Bryner reports that "in 2005, [entomologist Quentin] Wheeler...

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Insect Spies

From time to time, on unknowncountry.com, we talk about bugs--both the real kind and the computer kind. We also refer to bacteria as a "bug," and now it's been discovered that 8-million year old bacteria that was removed from the oldest ice on earth is STILL GROWING. Also, fake bugs are being used to spy on antiwar protesters. Keep...
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Why Cockroaches aren't BIGGER

We now know that cockroaches are responsible for a common respiratory ailment and that they are resistant to radiation (meaning that if an atomic bomb went off, we'd be gone but the roaches would still be in our kitchen). But did you know that there are 4,500 known species of roach and probably two or three times that many that have not yet...

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Intelligent Insects in the Future?

One of the most common descriptions from people who have had close encounters is meeting with something that looks like a "giant praying mantis." Some witnesses believe that these are the same beings known as the Grays, while others who have seen them believe that they are something entirely different. Could they be from the future when, as...

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Mysterious Wasp Invasion

UPDATE - Gary Mitchell reports in the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser that yellow jacket wasps have begun building huge nests in that state. Gigantic wasp nests are turning up in places like abandoned cars, barns and houses?and they are so large that they COMPLETELY FILL THEM UP. No one knows what has sparked this unusual behavior,...

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Bee Shortage Leads to Food Shortage

The number of domesticated honeybees in the U.S. hasdeclined by about 50%. Unless this changes, many fruits andvegetables may disappear from the food supply.

John Roach writes in National Geographic News that beepollination is responsible for 15 to 30% of the food we eat.Biologist Claire Kremen is hearing many more stories latelyabout...

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Butterflies are Missing

One of the first signs of global warming is missingbirds andinsects. As the weather changes, they're turning up in newplaces and missing from their old haunts. Since some birdsand butterflies migrate annually, they may also be confusedby the pole shift, which is in progress right now.

The number of Red Admiral, Orange Sulphur and Painted...

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Radioactive Wasps

Ordinary wasps and hornets are bad enough, but it turns out that wasps are building radioactive nests in a nuclear power plant in Hanford, Washington. And regular hornets are dive bombing people's ears, attracted by the perfume behind them.

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Bugs Invading People's Ears

Insects are invading people's ears in the U.K. 82-year-old Ron Packer heard a high-pitched hum in his hearing aid that turned out to be an attack by a swarm of wasps. And Patricia McLeod had to go to the doctor to have a large moth removed from her ear.

Packer disturbed a wasp's nest while gardening. When the wasps attacked him, they...

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Sniffer Bees

Why is that fruit in the grocery store looks wonderful buttastes so dull and flavorless? Are you tired of buying amelon, waiting until it seems ripe, then cutting it openonly to find it's tasteless? It's hard to select good fruit,since we can't tell whether or not it's any good until weeat it. British scientists think we should leave it up to...

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