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Do you have the time? Flies sure do

Flies might be smarter than you think. According to research reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 28, fruit flies know what time of day it is. What's more, the insects can learn to con ...

dateMay 28, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Australia—riding on the insect's back

As you may have spotted, the title of this article is a cheeky reference to the famous saying that Australia rides on the back of a particular woolly ruminant. The reference dates back to 1894, when the wool ...

dateMay 05, 2015 in Ecology
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Stop fruit flies by removing rotten fruit

Three years after they were first detected, the number of spotted-wing drosophila fruit flies in the Netherlands has exploded. "There are still ways to combat the harmful Drosophila suzukii in soft fruit," ...

dateApr 16, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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Fruit flies crucial to basic research

The world around us is full of amazing creatures. My favorite is an animal the size of a pinhead, that can fly and land on the ceiling, that stages an elaborate (if not beautiful) courtship ritual, that can ...

dateMar 30, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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