Tagged: insects

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

My Cute Model Friend - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Sep 18, 2012

by SM Morgan I recently helped an office mate clean out his Tenebrio culture, which had been infected and overrun with fungus.  My scientific career to date has been primarily concerned with Mesorhizobium and Drosophila, so playing around with new ‘lab rats’ is a treat. Clean Tenebrio cultures.  Photo: SM Morgan Tenebrio molitor in its larval form is commonly called ‘mealworm’ … Read More

vending machines bugged - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 17, 2009

Small disease-carrying bugs are capable of finding their way into drink vending machines, says Japanese researchers. Researchers at Osaka Aoyama University wanted to see how many, and what kind of insects found their way into vending machines.  They set up four insect traps inside two outdoor vending machines, three indoor machines, and four traps around the outside base of a … Read More

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