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'Sensor tags' track a day in the life of a bumble bee - Futurity

'Sensor tags' track a day in the life of a bumble bee - Futurity | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Scientists glued tiny "sensor tags" to the backs of bumblebees and got an unprecedented look inside the colony.
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Getting rid of annoying gnats

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Q: We have tiny black gnat-like bugs flying around the house. They seem to live in the dirt of my plants and though they don’t bite, they annoy us endlessly.
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This Is Why Insects Rule the WorldTrue Viral News | True Viral News

When they fly right up your nose or wave at your from the sugar bowl, you might not be very thankful for insects. Like it or not, though, you're surrounded-
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Homeowners complain freeway work launched scorpion invasion

An uptick in scorpion activity is putting some extra sting in the already controversial construction of the South Mountain Freeway for some nearby homeowners. 
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Meet the adorable little snail that could kill you

Meet the adorable little snail that could kill you | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you are not already paranoid enough, here’s something new to worry about: Extremely tiny creatures that can destroy your life. According to the Daily Mail, some of the smallest living things pack the deadliest punches.

If you happen to be swimming in the ocean, for example, and have a run-in with a box jellyfish, say your prayers. This sea creature contains what the Mail says is “the most explosive envenomation process known to humans.” It takes just minutes for a sting to turn fatal. On the other hand, if you are fortunate enough to be a turtle, you will be immune to the box’s killer dose, and you might even eat one for a snack. While in the deep, if you swim up against a lovely looking cone snail, you will not fare much better: Its harpoon can cut through a wet suit, and the mollusk’s poison comes loaded with “weaponized insulin.”

While most of us try to avoid these creepy critters, there’s a subculture of idiots who put their lives on the line in order to experience venomous bites. Coyote Peterson, the man who fronts Brave Wilderness Channel on YouTube, set himself up to be stung by a wasp that’s famous for swooping down on tarantulas. The bite is said to be the second most agonizing in the world, which is astonishingly good for Peterson. “I’m on a quest to find the most painful sting in the animal kingdom,” he told the Mail, discussing the swooping wasp. “It’s like being stung with a taser, and they say it puts you in a state of paralysis.”



University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt is so into it that he authored “The Sting of the Wild” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) and put together a pain index that ranks various stings. Riding high on his list: the bullet ant. This bug is so named because its sting is said to be as excruciating as getting shot by a bullet. According to Live Science, Schmidt describes the bite as “pure, intense, brilliant pain, like walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel.”

As he told National Geographic, though, the bite leaves no evident mark of its seriousness. “It’s almost disappointing to go through that and be rendered a babbling idiot, crying, and not even have a big red spot to show people,” Schmidt says. Bullet ants “take away even that satisfaction.”
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Humor advances success of UA vegetable IPM program | Western Farm Press

Humor advances success of UA vegetable IPM program | Western Farm Press | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The bi-monthly newsletter is important, and keeps growers and pest control advisers abreast on late-breaking vegetable news, including the bagrada bug.
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Tarantulas, Killer Caterpillars, and the Most Misunderstood Bugs

Tarantulas, Killer Caterpillars, and the Most Misunderstood Bugs | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Cockroaches are excellent dads, for starters.
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This Is the Worst Insect Sting in the World

This Is the Worst Insect Sting in the World | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
It’s not where you’d think.
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UA Helps Community With Kissing-Bug Problem | UANews

UA Helps Community With Kissing-Bug Problem | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
BISBEE, Ariz. — Plant your feet on Main Street in old Bisbee and cast your eyes upward, toward the turquoise blue sky. Now, take in the view — a panorama of houses perched on narrow roads that retreat into the hills.
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Bug lovers swarm to Arizona Insect Festival | KVOA (TV-Channel 4, Tucson)

News, weather and sports information for Tucson and southern Arizona
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Bug lovers swarm to Arizona Insect Festival

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People swarmed to get their chance to hold different types of insects at the sixth annual Arizona Insect Festival. Thousands attended the event Sunday, September 18th at the University of Arizon
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AZ researchers focus on Zika virus, mosquitoes | AZ Big Media

AZ researchers focus on Zika virus, mosquitoes | AZ Big Media | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Arizona scientists and researchers haven’t stopped their efforts to discover new information on the Zika virus and the mosquito that carries it even as officials in Washington, D.C., battle over emergency funding to fight the virus. The Riehle Lab at the University of Arizona houses thousands of mosquitoes, about 50 of which researchers intentionally infected… Read More →
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UA Research, Expertise Had Global Impact in '16

UA Research, Expertise Had Global Impact in '16 | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
From unprecedented space exploration initiatives to a deeper understanding of how viruses spread to the socio-economic influence of ramen noodles, University of Arizona researchers found themselves at the forefront of some of the year's most exciting and eye-opening discoveries. Here are 10 UA-related stories that generated headlines across the globe in 2016: 1. Bound for Bennu! OSIRIS-REx Launch Was 'Perfect,' Sept. 9
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An ant’s kiss may hide a sneaky form of communication | Science

An ant’s kiss may hide a sneaky form of communication | Science | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Social insects communicate mouth-to-mouth
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Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims DebunkedTrue Viral News | True Viral News

Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims DebunkedTrue Viral News | True Viral News | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market.
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What Is This #AZCritter? Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

What Is This #AZCritter? Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly | 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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Awards and Accolades | UA@Work

Awards and Accolades | UA@Work | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Congratulations to these recently honored employees and programs.
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I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions? | Scientific American

I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions? | Scientific American | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
These winged pollinators appear to have emotions, but it’s an open question whether they subjectively experience feelings
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I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions?

I'll Bee There for You: Do Insects Feel Emotions? | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
These winged pollinators appear to have emotions, but it’s an open question whether they subjectively experience feelings
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What Is This #AZCritter? Leaf Beetle Larvae

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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32 Students + 15,000 Insects Equals One Biological Clue | UANews

32 Students + 15,000 Insects Equals One Biological Clue | UANews | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
One of biology's most challenging puzzles — how organisms change in response to the pressures of natural selection — might just have become a little easier to tease apart, thanks to research that took 32 undergraduate students and more than 15,000 caterpillars (of children's book fame) to complete. 
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Bug Doctor Justin Schmidt and His Stinging Bugs

Dr. Schmidt talks about the many bugs he's been voluntarily stung by and brings out some of those insects for Jimmy to see. Kaley Cuoco vs. Jimmy Kimmel
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Bugging out at the 2016 Insect Festival

Bugging out at the 2016 Insect Festival | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
The 2016 Arizona Insect Festival allowed patrons to meet, greet and even eat some of Arizona’s native insect species this past Sunday in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom.
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eButterfly

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The eButterfly project is looking for the public's help in documenting the comings and goings of butterflies...
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