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Hold bugs, eat bugs, check out the largest beetle in the US at Sunday's festival

Hold bugs, eat bugs, check out the largest beetle in the US at Sunday's festival | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Even if you think they're creepy, insects play a vital role in our environment, from pollination to balancing pest populations.
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University of Arizona center works to create genetically modified cotton | Cronkite News (Tempe, AZ)

More than 57 percent of Americans feel unsafe eating genetically modified food, but a center at the University of Arizona is working with Monsanto to creat
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Meet The Man Who's Been Stung Almost 1,000 Times — For Science

Meet The Man Who's Been Stung Almost 1,000 Times — For Science | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
You’ve probably been stung or bitten by something — whether it’s an ant, a bee or something more dramatic and damaging like a scorpion.
University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung nearly 1,000 times by various insects in the course of his research.
It’s been part of his work in quantifying pain and figuring out what humans can learn from insects on societal evolution.
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Researchers reveal the worst stings for insects in the world

Researchers reveal the worst stings for insects in the world | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Justin Schmidt, from the University of Arizona, was stung 1,000 times by 83 insect species to measure toxicity and pain of each. He said the warrior wasp's sting like being in the flow of an active volcano.
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Arizona among states with 'super lice' — resistant to OTC treatments

Arizona among states with 'super lice' — resistant to OTC treatments | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Growing number of teens getting lice from taking selfies.
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The Connoisseur of Pain | New York (NY) Times

The Connoisseur of Pain | New York (NY) Times | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Stung by dozens of different insects for his research, the entomologist Justin Schmidt has become an expert in physical agony.
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Bright Green Beetle Makes a Sonoran Desert Appearance

Bright Green Beetle Makes a Sonoran Desert Appearance | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Iridescent insect is active during summer months in Southern Arizona.
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5 Gross and Amazing Ways Animals Deliver Sperm

5 Gross and Amazing Ways Animals Deliver Sperm | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One worm lives inside the female and ejaculates through the top of her head.
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As adults, tarantula wasps dine on nectar-laden flowers. As larvae, they are of much darker culinary preference. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Tree National Park) | PressReleasePoint

As adults, tarantula wasps dine on nectar-laden flowers. As larvae, they are of much darker culinary preference. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Tree National Park) | PressReleasePoint | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Ouch!" has never sounded so authoritative. Out of the mouth of Justin Schmidt, UA entomologist and author of the only scientific rating system of insect stings, it takes on a whole new meaning. In this excerpt from his recent book, "The Sting of the Wild," Schmidt tells us about the fascinating life of the tarantula wasp.
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Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding'

Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding' | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One passionate entomologist poetically describes and ranks over 70 species' painful stings.
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Zika case confirmed in Pima County | KOLD (TV-Channel 13, Tucson)

Zika case confirmed in Pima County | KOLD (TV-Channel 13, Tucson) | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The Pima County Health Department has confirmed its first case of Zika in Pima County.
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Students Ponder Impact of University Leadership Change

Students Ponder Impact of University Leadership Change | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
President Ann Weaver Hart to step down as president by 2018.
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Promising UA Grad Students Earn NSF Fellowships | UANews

Promising UA Grad Students Earn NSF Fellowships | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
A group of 24 students affiliated with the University of Arizona received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which is granted to those with proven potential for making significant achievements in their fields.
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Bayer deal for Monsanto creates ag, chemical giant | Casa Grande Dispatch

Bayer deal for Monsanto creates ag, chemical giant | Casa Grande Dispatch | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
CASA GRANDE — American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto — which has operations in Pinal County — and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges from global warming to rising food demand from a fast-growing global population.
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Bugs to Take Center Stage at Annual Insect Festival | UANews

Bugs to Take Center Stage at Annual Insect Festival | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Why are some beetles green and others red? Does a bumble bee fall in love? Can a praying mantis remember what it ate for lunch? These are just a few of the questions University of Arizona entomology and insect science graduate students will be ready to answer at their "Ask a Scientist Café" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arizona Insect Festival in the Student Union Memorial Center's Grand Ballroom.
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Pest alert: Heavy infestation of sugarcane aphid in Arizona, California sorghum | Western Farm Press

Pest alert: Heavy infestation of sugarcane aphid in Arizona, California sorghum | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Heavy sugarcane aphid infestations can kill leaves, stunt growth, and reduce the size and quality of grain heads.
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The Connoisseur of Pain

The Connoisseur of Pain | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Stung by dozens of different insects for his research, the entomologist Justin Schmidt has become an expert in physical agony.
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‘Super lice’ found in Arizona: They’re harder to get rid of | Arizona Daily Star

‘Super lice’ found in Arizona: They’re harder to get rid of | Arizona Daily Star | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Many are impervious to usual treatments.
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Professor explains Tucson's Zika risk

Professor explains Tucson's Zika risk | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
TUCSON- An entomology professor said Tucson, along with many other states, is at risk for locally acquiring the Zika Virus.
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What Is This #AZCritter? Giant Mesquite Bugs

What Is This #AZCritter? Giant Mesquite Bugs | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
What Is This #AZCritter? is a new digital series from the Arizona Science Desk that wants to help you identify and learn more about interesting Arizona animals.
Have you ever seen a strange critter in Arizona you couldn’t identify? Submit it to science.kjzz.org/azcritter. If your photo gets chosen, you’ll get a free Arizona Science Desk keychain!
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"The King of Sting" Talks Arizona Insects

"The King of Sting" Talks Arizona Insects | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Also on Arizona Spotlight: The future of "Right to Try" for the terminally ill; Tucson street names often stir debate; the swingin' nighlife of Arizona's bats.
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The Wasp That Delivers 'Instantaneous, Debilitating Pain' | UANews

The Wasp That Delivers 'Instantaneous, Debilitating Pain' | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
By Justin Schmidt Stung by a tarantula hawk? The advice I give in speaking engagements is to lie down and scream. The pain is so debilitating and excruciating that the victim is at risk of further injury by tripping in a hole or over an object in the path and then falling onto a cactus or into a barbed-wire fence.
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14 animals that smell like snack foods

14 animals that smell like snack foods | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Walking through the woods and suddenly smell cherry cola or popcorn? It's just the local critters.
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Protection of Pollinator World Is Important to Agriculture | UANews

Protection of Pollinator World Is Important to Agriculture | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Some of our tiny planetary cohabitants contribute significantly to our ability to grow and access foods, but some are declining in stark numbers. Pollinators — which include the world's bees, butterflies, birds and bats — have an important role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem and supporting agriculture by planting pollen grains, which in turn result in fruit and seeds.
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