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Last week, parts of the Middle East experienced something we've probably all heard of: a locust plague.
We may never make history, but each week we teach young women who could, particularly in the sciences.
Visible With the Naked Eye
Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.
We asked scientists from every discipline in entomology to describe the field in one word.
War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries
This week, I'm focusing on some really geeky -- I should say Benjie* -- research that caught my eye. Be ready for some gorgeous graphics and hi-tech talk.
Being different isn't easy.
Once more, lots of intriguing stories making the news this week. Here are a few of my favorites.
What better way to teach research, writing, and presentation skills than with a video production class?
For years I've been searching for the best light bulb, and I may have found it.
Some genetic mutations are beautiful!
We wanted to thank all the readers of the Bug Chick's blog for a great year with a free digital coloring sheet of an armoured ground cricket!
While the more familiar North American beaver sports a spanking big tail, which serves variously as a rudder, a prop, a fat store, and a communication device, the mountain beaver gets along just fine with its stunted and furry rear appendage.
A 24-hour species identification challenge in an Oregon city park shows citizen scientists the diversity of urban wildlife.
The Australian green tree frog has big eyes, a friendly demeanor, and a bit of a pot belly, all of which bring to mind certain traits of Muppet star Kermit the Frog.
Many insects are pegged with an undeserved bad reputation. Earwigs are a great example.
Dr. Seuss's McElligot's Pool (1947) features some fantastic fish—ones with pinwheel-like tails, curly noses, long floppy ears, or Kangaroo pouches. The fictional fish do have some truly strange nonfictional cousins, among which are giant oarfish, barreleye fish, and sawfish.
What happens at a scientific conference?
During our visit to Costa Rica in March, we came across an arachnid with unexpected companions.
Running buffalo clover produces a single, spiked flower, one that is quintessentially clover. But unlike other clovers, running buffalo is endangered -- it was once even thought to be extinct, for reasons that are reflected in its name.
Does hurricane Sandy make you any more inclined to buy an electric vehicle?
Are Katrina and Sandy linked to climate change?
It’s always amazing to me that no matter the circumstance, no matter the place, kids want to talk bugs with us. All children, all over the world speak 'bug'.
Stony corals can vomit digestive filaments on their neighbors to disintegrate competitors for space and light.
The endangered Stephen's kangaroo rat actually is not a rat -- it is more closely related to rodents such as squirrels and gophers than it is to notorious pests like the Norway rat and house rat.
The other day we caught a glimpse of an insect that's usually seen in the spring -- the mayfly! Check out this video to learn more about these short-lived insects.
Like many other species of subalpine and alpine wildflowers, each year, as the winter snowpack recedes, the glacier lily comes to life, sprouting leaves and flowers as soon as conditions are favorable and taking advantage of every moment of the short growing season.
What's that silver insect in your bathroom sink? A silverfish! Check out our video to learn about these ancient animals.
Can you legally break Einstein's speed limit?
When a tarantula is sick and weak, what do you do? Stick it in the ICU!
NASA's rover has discovered an ancient stream bed on Mars.
'Tis the season! The kids are back in school and head lice are going to be on the forefront of parents' minds. It can be hard to find facts on these animals when internet searches provide myths, fear, and outdated remedies. But The Bug Chicks are here to teach about the insects themselves. Arm yourself with knowledge! (And a good nit comb.)
Attention 10 to 12-year-olds! Alan Alda wants to know what question you would like scientists to answer.
Cooler weather is on it's way, but we're not worried! We've planned some winter expeditions to find insects in the sea caves and glacial fields of Oregon.
Depending where you live, you may have recently started to see an influx of orange and black winged visitors. The monarch butterflies have begun their fall migration.
More than half the world's population now lives in urban areas, which means that, combined with the loss of nature from urban sprawl, fewer children than ever have the chance to walk out their back doors and into a natural world of discovery.
You can make a simple model that shows how the color of ice and water impacts temperature.
For bug lovers, there are lots of cool events happening all over the country.
This autumn, new records are being set for the minimum amount of sea ice in the Arctic. On August 26, the extent of ice diminished to less than it has ever been -- at least in the 30 years we've been watching it with satellites.
Do Arctic wolves use cooperative hunting strategies?
Students, NASA needs your help to find the perfect name for a near-Earth asteroid that will be visited by spacecraft later this decade.
Learn about the yucca moth and the yucca plant and why pollinators are so important. In English and Spanish!
The Delmarva fox squirrel is a very, very large squirrel. It can tip the scales at as many as three pounds.
You’ve probably all seen silk webbing in the ridges of tree bark. It could be a spider’s web, or it could’ve been made by the elusive and shy insects called webspinners in the Order Embiidina.
Down to just 167 singing males in 1987, the Kirtland's warbler population has rebounded, with 1,828 males counted in 2011. The species has risen, almost literally, like a phoenix from the ashes.
A few weeks ago we showed you how to make a piece of insect collecting equipment called a beat sheet. In this post, we’re going to add pan traps and baited traps to your DIY collecting tools.
The jackdaw's intelligence and curiosity perpetuate the bird's tendency to get into trouble.
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