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  1. Lifestyle - Technology - ENTOMOLOGY

    Fossil of world's oldest stick insect found in Liaoning prehistoric lode

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters Fossil of world's oldest stick insect found in China Sometimes it is better not to be noticed. A number of insect species look so much like sticks or leaves that they simply ... of scientists said they have discovered the fossil of an insect in China that lived about 126 million years ago whose appearance mimicked that of a nearby plant. It is the oldest-known stick or leaf ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1454901/fossil-worlds-oldest-stick-insect-found-liaoning-prehistoric
  2. Lifestyle - Books - NATURE

    Book review: 'A Sting in the Tale'

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... domesticated for centuries and are drab in colour. Most bumblebees, of which there are 250 species, are more spectacular: the charismatic tigers of the insect world. These wild insects are being commandeered by us because they are such expert pollinators. Insects are cheaper labour than humans and, as Goulson observes, bumblebees possess "powers of perception and learning that often put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1250570/book-review-sting-tale
  3. Lifestyle - Technology - SHORT SCIENCE

    Short Science, November 9, 2014

    Posted Nov 09th 2014, 05:20am by AGENCIES

    ... of nearby Bordeaux for a year. Reuters   Scientists analyse insect family tree An international group of scientists has analysed 1,478 genes from 144 species covering all the major insect groups to resolve long-standing questions about the evolution and diversification of the largest and most diverse animal group. The first insects appeared about 480 million years ago at about the same time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1635100/short-science-november-9-2014
  4. Comment - Blogs

    Video: Mutant cockroaches develop mechanism to evade sugar traps

    Posted May 24th 2013, 04:54pm by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi In an evolutionary twist, some German cockroaches have developed a genetic mechanism that makes sugar taste bitter – allowing them evade sugary bait set out to kill them.  “Most times, genetic changes, or mutations, cause the loss of function ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1245095/video-mutant-cockroaches-evade-your-sugary-trap
  5. Lifestyle - Technology - ENVIRONMENT

    Miniscule midge survives in frozen Antarctic environment

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 01:14am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris Antarctica's only insect is one tough little midge Antarctica's only native insect, a minuscule midge, may rely on a no-frills genome to survive ... genome was the smallest yet observed in an insect. "It's tiny," said Joanna Kelley of the university's school of biological sciences and one of the study authors. "That ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1575009/miniscule-midge-survives-frozen-antarctic-environment
  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education - ROAD TEST

    Prank Sticker app

    Posted Nov 04th 2014, 10:14am by CIC GEORGE

    ... hats, blobs, insects and gags such as a hammer, squashed banana and toilet paper, coloured splatters, speech bubbles and sound effects. You can also hit a button to get a randomly selected item ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1631198/prank-sticker-app
  7. Lifestyle - Technology - AGRICULTURE

    American academics seek to boost crop productivity to help poor farmers stave off famine

    Posted Nov 16th 2014, 06:05am by MCT

    ... the wasps- which are endemic to the developing countries where these infested fields are located- are fed and their nests hung from trees near the millet fields. When the insects mature, they feast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1640753/american-academics-seek-boost-crop-productivity-help-poor
  8. Lifestyle - Books - TIBET

    Book review: My Tibetan Childhood, by Naktsang Nulo

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 11:32pm by David Wilson

    ... begins in hauntingly pacifist fashion. "'Nukho,' my father told me often, 'if you want to be a real man, do not kill fish, frogs, birds, insects, and other weak animals ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1623643/book-review-my-tibetan-childhood-naktsang-nulo
  9. Lifestyle - Health

    Lead: de-bugging nutrition

    Posted Sep 16th 2013, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... crickets? The idea might disgust you now, but the United Nations is hoping to change the public perception of eating bugs. Switching to an insect-rich diet could not only be good for your health, but have environmental and economic benefits, too. Generally crickets and grasshoppers taste like nutty shrimp Daniella Martin, Girl Meets Bug The UN's 187-page report, Edible Insects, makes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1309183/lead-de-bugging-nutrition
  10. Magazines - Post Magazine - FASHION & BEAUTY

    Beauty buzz: Mosquito repellents

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 11:56pm by Vanessa Yung

    ... who want a mosquito-free environment indoors without smearing products all over their body. Inspired by Mother Nature, the formula draws on the insect-repelling properties of essential oils ... Insect Repellent (HK$188/200ml) not only prevents mosquito bites but also soothes any discomfort a bite might bring. To live up to its goal of being “ecologically responsible” and “kid friendly”, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1529957/beauty-buzz

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