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The big bee bummer: Marla Spivak at TEDGlobal 2013

The big bee bummer: Marla Spivak at TEDGlobal 2013

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Our supermarket produce aisles would look very, very bare without bees. As MacArthur Fellow Marla Spivak explains on the TEDGlobal stage, this is something we should all be extremely concerned about: the dramatic drop in bee populations that’s been taking place over the past seven years. (Read The New York Times’ take on the especially scary drop in []

In short: Dragonflies that amaze, the secret of your unique breathprint

In short: Dragonflies that amaze, the secret of your unique breathprint

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Some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: First: Dragonflies are beautiful, deadly and have weird sex. [NY Times] While you’re at it, check out our playlist Insects are awesome!, above. The clap-o-meter was yesterday’s Big Data. [The Atlantic] Scientists now estimate the number of Earth-like, habitable planets in []

5 talks about mosquitos—and how to stop their buzzing

5 talks about mosquitos—and how to stop their buzzing

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The world’s most dangerous animal isn’t the lion, tiger or bear. It’s actually the mosquito. “Mosquitos have killed more humans than any other creature in human history,” says Haydn Parry in today’s talk. “The mosquito has killed more humans than wars and plague.” Every year, about a million and a half people succumb to malaria []

7 talks that contain fascinating facts about beetles

7 talks that contain fascinating facts about beetles

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Marcus Byrne begins today’s talk with the words:  “What I want to do today is share my passion for poo with you.” But before you delve into a Freudian analysis, you should probably know that Byrne is an entomologist who studies dung beetles, of which there are about 6,000 species across the planet. As Byrne []