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What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

KQED Science | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?

What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale.

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What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps' larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.

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UC Berkeley Enlists Citizen Scientists in a Buggy Data Problem

KQED Science | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

UC Berkeley Enlists Citizen Scientists in a Buggy Data Problem

Scientists at UC Berkeley are asking the public to help transcribe field notes from millions of insect specimens.

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UN to World: How About Eating More Insects?

KQED Science | May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

UN to World: How About Eating More Insects?

The global human population is growing, but space available for farming isn’t. Insects require less land and water than, say, cows or chickens, and compared to the over-fished oceans, they’re a relatively untapped resource.

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