Two vector-borne diseases that pass from mother to child

 The US researchers have identified two life-threatening vector-borne diseases that can be passed from mother to child through the placenta.

Small males have more sex appeal 

Small males have more sex appeal 

The research found that while small male beetles were more successful at attracting female mates to the breeding ground of an animal carcass than larger males, they did not make better parents.

Men with low-quality partners at early death risk!

New fathers please take note! You can learn a lot about good parenting from insects and save yourselves from an early death, especially if you are in the company of a low-quality partner!

Cultivate sweetgrass to keep mosquitoes away

A team of US researchers has identified compounds in traditional sweetgrass that keep mosquitoes at bay. A meadow grass, sweetgrass gives off a sweet aroma that repels the insects.

Insects our alternative protein source

 Lack of farmland to raise more livestock to meet the increasing demand for dietary protein could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, says a study.

Scientists take inspiration from `insect legs` to perk up aircraft designs

To improve the safety of long tubular structures which are used in aircrafts and hospital equipments to reduce weight, researchers are taking ideas from insect legs.

Insects found inside Glucon-D packet in Uttar Pradesh

Insects found inside Glucon-D packet in Uttar Pradesh

A packet of the energy drink 'Glucon-D' was allegedly found with insects here, following which it was sent for examination.

500 million years old brain reveals evolution of head

A new study has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered - more than 500 million years old - and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals.

New brighter light bulbs attract less insects

Researchers are developing new kind of light bulbs that are less attractive to specific insect species, including disease-spreading mosquitoes.

Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food

Bats avoid collisions by following set of 'traffic rules' while trawling for food

A new study has revealed that bats avoid collisions by following certain set of "traffic rules" laid down by them while trawling for food at high speed.

Bumblebees are forgetful too

Much like humans, bumblebees can be 'forgetful' too, reveals a new research.

Agricultural insecticides dangerous for water bodies

Streams within approximately 40 percent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides, according to the first global map to be modelled on insecticide runoff to surface waters.

Fruit flies can smell antioxidants in their food

Fruit flies can smell antioxidants in their food

Fruit flies can smell healthy antioxidants that protect cells from the harmful influences in their food, finds a study.

Toxic nectar affects behaviour of insect pollinators

Toxic nectar affects behaviour of insect pollinators

Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success, researchers have found.

Insects compete with rats to clear garbage

Insects play a very important role in cleaning up cities and they compete with other pests like rats and pigeons in their endeavour, a study has said.

Bug off: Scientists devise family tree of world's insects

They pollinate our flowers, vegetables and fruit. They spread deadly diseases. They flash in the summer night. They bore into the wood in our homes. And they serve as supper for birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - including people.

Insects have more efficient social networks!

Insects like honeybees and ants live in groups that constantly communicate with each other and scientists are seeking a better understanding of their networks to improve the existing information processing.

Climate change could 'fundamentally alter' US forests

Wildfires, insects and drought are crippling forests in the western United States' iconic Rocky Mountains, scientists warned today, urging more efforts to stop global warming.

Bats change tactics when food is scarce

Bats change tactics when food is scarce

When food is scarce, bats change their tactics and turn more flexible in their echolocation behaviour.

Fukushima radiation caused serious damage to wildlife: Study

A series of studies on the biological impact of the Fukushima disaster on non-human organisms has revealed that the radiation has affected the population, genetic makeup and the repair mechanisms of birds, monkeys, butterflies, and other insects to cope with the exposure.