Tag: research

Interesting new pheromone research

In this week’s Cell, a completely new idea about how pheromones work at the molecular level is described for fruit flies. Activation of Pheromone-Sensitive Neurons Is Mediated by Conformational Activation of Pheromone-Binding Protein. John D. […]

Wired, Pheromones, and Conspiracies

Wired has a very nice article on the controversy over the use of LBAM pheromone in an urban area in California, in which they do an excellent job balancing both science and public reaction. From […]

New research on DEET

An interesting new paper released online by Science this week finds that DEET doesn’t actually repel biting insects–it makes you invisible to them. From the Abstract: “Here we show that DEET blocks electrophysiological responses of […]

Indian “Biopiracy”

I am catching up on my journal reading, and was shocked to read this in Nature: “An international collaboration to study insects in the Western Ghats mountains in southern India has been unable to get […]

Caught in the Bug Net: 2.22.08

International Insect eating! Chiang Mai, Thailand – With over 1 400 insect species eaten by humans worldwide, the insect world offers promising possibilities both commercially and nutritionally, FAO said today. A workshop organized by FAO […]

Declines in outdoor activity continue

File this under “More depressing confirmation of what we already suspected”: O.R. W. Pergams and P. A. Zaradic. 2008. Evidence for a fundamental and pervasive shift away from nature-based recreation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, […]

Science Smackdown

Is it bad that I really enjoy it when silly people get what’s coming to them? Kevin of The Other 95% delivers an awesome rebuke to someone from the Discovery Institute (Yes, the Creation Loony […]

DDT conference in Michigan

Wag of the antennae to Millard Fillmore for finding this: Eugene Kenaga International DDT Conference on Environment and Health DDT: What We Know; What Do We Need to Know? On March 14, 2008, Alma College, […]

Zombie Roaches!

Ok, not the brain-eating kind of zombie. Carl Zimmer has an update on the emerald cockroach wasp, Ampulex compressa. New research makes the story even stranger–it turns out you can get the roaches to un-zombie […]