Tagged: insects

How to get people to eat bugs and drink sewage - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 03, 2019

Nathan S Consedine, University of Auckland In wealthy societies, we’ve become increasingly picky about what we eat. The “wrong” fruits and vegetables, the “wrong” animal parts, and the “wrong” animals inspire varying degrees of “yuck”. Our repugnance at fruit and vegetables that fail to meet unblemished ideals means up to half of all produce is thrown … Read More

Dissecting the Insect Apocalypse - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 09, 2019

Tom Saunders Studies on insect declines published over the last few years have thrown up some scary headlines. “The insect apocalypse is here” proclaims the New York Times, warning the pace of insect declines could spell catastrophe within decades. It’s a grim picture, but how accurate is it? In late 2017, European scientists reported a 75% decline in insects over the last … Read More

It’s not just the ‘yuck factor’ that puts people off eating insects - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 10, 2016

By Jonas House, University of Sheffield There’s a lot of hype around edible insects. Insects are being championed as a healthy and sustainable alternative to conventional protein sources in Europe and the US, and “ento-prising” new products are appearing almost every week. Cricket-based cocktail bitters, anyone? Of course, these new bug-based foods aren’t for everyone. In … Read More

Here’s how you beat ‘indestructible’ head lice - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 08, 2016

Cameron Webb, University of Sydney Head lice don’t pose a particularly serious threat to our health but they do cause great anxiety among parents and carers. This anxiety, and associated stress, is made even worse given the perceived social stigma of a family infested with parasites, and the seemingly endless battle to exterminate these pests. What are … Read More

Honeybee decline could sting NZ for $700m - News

John Kerr Aug 03, 2016

The pollinating power of the humble honeybee is worth millions of dollars to the New Zealand agricultural sector – but we are at risk of losing it. Bees are having a hard time of it these days; varroa mite, pesticides and a lack of plant diversity are all contributing to the decline of the bee populations crucial for pollinating crops. Read More

What it is like to be a bee: insects can teach us about the origins of consciousness - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 19, 2016

By Colin Klein and Andrew Barron Do bees like the taste of nectar? Does the ant foraging for your crumbs feel better when she finds one? Are insects merely tiny robots? Or, in the phrase popularised by the philosopher Thomas Nagel, is there something it is like to be a bee? Until recently, most scientists and philosophers … Read More

Discovering the unique fauna of alpine streams - Waiology

Waiology Jan 22, 2013

By Richard Storey Each summer many of us don a backpack and head into the mountains to immerse ourselves in spectacular scenery relatively untouched by human activities. Undoubtedly the tracks we follow will take us across dozens of clear, tumbling streams where we might refill our water bottles or splash cool water on our faces. But how often do we … Read More

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