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A 12 Million Year Old Praying Mantis Encased in Amber

Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com Sold by Heritage Auctions in 2016, this small lozenge size piece of amber is water clear and pale yellow which makes it very easy to see the amazing praying mantis preserved forever inside. The creature with its triangular head, bulging eyes, and flexible neck is clearly visible in the exceptional specimen of the fossilized tree resin. The insect with the unique characteristics is poetically singular in the otherwise pristine fossil remnant. A close-up photo of the bug gives further insight into this entombed mantis. This…

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Forget Ebola, Sars and Zika: ticks are the next global health threat

Ticks carry a wide array of pathogens and environmental changes mean they are spreading Notes & Theories Thu 25 Jan 2018 07.47EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A blacklegged tick – also known as a deer tick. Photograph: James Gathany/AP Since the beginning of our species we have been at war. Its a continuous, neverending fight against the smallest of adversaries: armies of pathogens and parasites. As we have developed new ways to survive and stop them, they have evolved ever more complex and ingenious methods…

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic cocktail effect from multiple pesticides. The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids,…

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