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  1. Cybugs

    Posted Aug 30th 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... and horses, dispatched messages attached to the legs of pigeons and trained bees to pinpoint explosives. He borrowed the idea for remote-controlled insects from the 1990 sci-fi fable Sparrowhawk, ... purpose. At a pinch, the cyber-insect might become an organic version of the drones that inflict so much damage on the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Picture a squadron of tiny ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690966/cybugs
  2. Strolling in the Fragrant Garden

    Posted Jan 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Late Qing dynasty paintings of plants, insects, small animals and village scenes by Guangdong cousins Ju Chao (1811-1865) and Ju Lian (1828-1904), including Ju Lian's Flowers and Insects: Lindley Glorybower, Cicada (above). Daily, 10am-6pm (Sat until 8pm), closed Thursdays (except public holidays), HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2721 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/665965/strolling-fragrant-garden
  3. Avoid the sting with a cloak of protection

    Posted Oct 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to stinging and biting insects, at least. The incognito after-sun moisturiser is a 100 per cent organic camouflage cream designed to disguise humans from all manner of public health pests such as ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Most insect repellents use citronella, a volatile oil which gives off a distinctive odour that makes it difficult for insects to locate a host. However, this new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695809/avoid-sting-cloak-protection
  4. Hippo sweat provides answer to sunburn

    Posted Mar 20th 2009, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... are naturally burn-proof because they secrete a layer of 'hippo sweat'. 'It would be nice to also try [to get] the antiseptic and insect-repellent characteristics ... to obtain a four-in-one product: sunscreen, sun block, antiseptic, insect repellent,' researcher Christopher Viney said. 'Just so long as the stuff doesn't smell like hippo.' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673867/hippo-sweat-provides-answer-sunburn
  5. Metamorphosis

    Posted Feb 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lyric Hammersmith artistic director David Farr and Vesturport actor-director Gisli Orn Gardarsson (below) adapt Kafka's tale about a man who is transformed into a gigantic insect. In English with Chinese surtitles. A HK Arts Festival event. Thu-Sat, 7.45pm, Feb 22, 5pm, HK Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$120-HK$420 Urbtix and HK Ticketing. Inquiries: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/670015
  6. The world's most dangerous spiders

    Posted Feb 11th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... When flies and other insects touch them, they get stuck. The spider then rushes in and kills them. Some spiders make poisonous webs. Some spiders don't build traps. They hunt their prey and inject them with poison. Spiders are not insects. If you look closely at arachnids, you can see they are different in two very important ways. Arachnids have eight legs, but insects like beetles ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/669609/worlds-most-dangerous-spiders
  7. Romantic gift sparks a lucrative business

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the glowing insects provided a spark of inspiration, Xinhua reported. Now Mr Yang breeds and sells fireflies, and Wednesday - which was Chinese Valentine's Day, or the Qixi Festival, the most ... the insects. And fireflies for lovers are still a novelty. Business boomed for Mr Yang in the run-up to the festival. Calls flooded in from wedding companies, bars, lovers and tourist spots around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690839/romantic-gift-sparks-lucrative-business
  8. Serious stingers

    Posted Feb 25th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... tail with a poisonous stinger at the end. Scorpions use their stingers to hunt worms and small insects. They hunt at night, sneaking up on their victims and injecting them with poison. Once ... But larvae eat insects, meat and fish. Yellow jackets in forests hunt insects and spiders to feed to their young. Yellow jackets in towns love/dislike rubbish bins because their larvae love our meaty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671064/serious-stingers
  9. Mother Nature gets up close and beautiful

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the smell which gives them this tree its insect repellent properties. In the past, people would store clothes in trunks and cupboards made of camphor wood to stop them being infested with insects ... it into other figs to pollinate flowers and begin the cycle again. These figs are an important food source for a wide-range of insects and wildlife, including fruit bats, several types of butterflies, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/700679/mother-nature-gets-close-and-beautiful
  10. Spiders

    Posted Feb 22nd 2009, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... or behind the fridge. Another may cling to the corner of a window, waiting for insects to waft into its net. Spiders are everywhere. And they are nowhere near as bad as society paints them, argues ... venom. Still, it is a bit of a pussycat, judging by the cited report of an Oklahoma teacher who took his pupils on an insect-collecting trip. In about seven minutes, Kelly recounts, eight of his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/670784/spiders

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