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Spiders to Intentionally Run Wild at Museum

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is letting its creepy-crawlies have free reign over venue during exhibit

(Newser) - At one of Europe's most famous museums, life is definitely imitating art until early next year. "The museum is teeming with animals this season!" promises Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum in its promotion for "Clara and Crawly Creatures," its new exhibit focusing on insects and other creeping...

Only Humans Were Known to Do This—Until Now
Only Humans Were Known
to Do This—Until Now
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Only Humans Were Known to Do This—Until Now

Chimpanzees appear to self-medicate with insects: study

(Newser) - Officials with the Ozouga Chimpanzee Project at Loango National Park in Gabon first spotted a female chimp taking a tiny winged insect from her mouth and placing it in a wound on her son's foot in November 2019. She then removed the bug and repeated the process two more...

He Thought He Had Water In His Ear. It Was a Roach
Man's 3-Day Ear Clog
Has a Most Unpleasant Source
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Man's 3-Day Ear Clog Has a Most Unpleasant Source

New Zealand's Zane Wedding had a cockroach in his ear

(Newser) - A New Zealand man who thought his ear was clogged with water for three days found out the actual, more unpleasant truth after visiting a specialist on Monday: A cockroach had burrowed its way into his ear canal. CNN reports that Zane Wedding had started feeling like his ear was...

Relentless 'Murder Hornets' Keep Building Nests

Wildlife officials in Washington state have destroyed 2 this year, and found a third one

(Newser) - Murder hornets—more formally known as Asian giant hornets —seem bent on putting down roots in North America. Wildlife officials in Washington state already have destroyed two nests this year and say they'll soon wipe out a newly discovered third one, reports the Guardian . The invasive species first...

Too Many Cicadas to Eat? Here's Another Use

Dead nitrogen-rich cicadas can be used as fertilizer

(Newser) - We're about a month into the emergence of Brood X or Great Eastern Brood cicadas, which means the nuisance is nearing an end. "From past cycles, broods last about 4-6 weeks from their first emergence," University of Maryland entomology professor Daniel Gruner tells the Washington Post , which...

People's Feet Turn Black From Walking Through Beach's Dead Bugs
Beachgoers Find Out
What's Been Staining
Their Feet and Ew, No
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Beachgoers Find Out What's Been Staining Their Feet and Ew, No

Millions of dead bugs make up black mystery substance at Maine's Wells Beach, scientists say

(Newser) - People who've recently visited Wells Beach in Maine have often gone home to find their feet stained black—and scientists say they've figured out the gross reason. State officials say it's millions of dead bugs, washed ashore to form a black, slimy substance that resembles tar. Local...

After 17 Years, 'Brood X' Is Emerging. Grab a Fork

Cicadas are a low-fat, protein-rich sustainable food source, advocates say

(Newser) - Brood X is about to arrive . That's the name for the group of cicadas that have been nestled underground for the past 17 years, waiting to emerge this month and next month and overrun our yards and parks. Some people enjoy their summer interludes , while others fear them , but...

Billions of Cicadas to Swarm Eastern US

Have earplugs ready as 17-year cicadas 'may amass in millions'

(Newser) - Residents of 15 eastern states and the District of Columbia can experience "a rare wonder of the natural world" this spring—if they can get over the noise. Billions of cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground for the first time in 17 years in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois,...

How to Fight Back Against the 'Insect Apocalypse'
Earth Is Facing an
'Insect Apocalypse'
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Earth Is Facing an 'Insect Apocalypse'

1% to 2% of insects disappear annually, but new habitats could help

(Newser) - Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, at a rate of 1% to 2% each year in some parts of the world, according to researchers, who are urging the general public to lend a helping hand. We're already seeing "death by a thousand cuts,"...

VP Debate Has Unexpected Guest, on Pence's Head

A fly hanging out in his hair provided a little levity; folks also worried about his red eye

(Newser) - Two minutes and three seconds. No, that wasn't how long it took moderator Susan Page to rein in the candidates whenever they went over their allotted time. That's how long a clearly noticeable fly remained perched in Mike Pence's closely cropped white hair, offering what People calls...

In This Nation, 'Murder Hornets' Used in Snacks, Drinks, Decor

But don't try what they do in Japan here in the US, scientists warn

(Newser) - Asian giant hornets (aka "murder hornets") may now be scaring people in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, but while they're just as aggressive and dangerous in Japan, people there don't simply fear them: They eat them. The New York Times notes that Japanese gourmands appreciate the...

Best Place to Keep Luggage in Hotel Room Is a Surprising One
Entomologist:
Keep Your
Luggage
in Hotel Tub
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Entomologist: Keep Your Luggage in Hotel Tub

To avoid bedbugs

(Newser) - Forget about throwing your suitcase into your hotel room's closet—and don't even think about throwing it onto your bed to unpack it. That's what an insect expert tells the Apartment Therapy blog , and the reason may make you cringe: It's to avoid bringing home any...

'Nothing' Works Well When It Comes to Killing Cockroaches

Researchers found the bugs rapidly developed resistance

(Newser) - If cockroaches gross you out, you are not going to be a fan of this study . New research out of Purdue University has found the most common type of cockroach is getting "closer to invincibility," as a press release puts it. This after researchers tried, and mostly failed,...

Holy Ladybug, That's Not a Rainstorm
That Blob
Isn't Rain.
It's Bugs

That Blob Isn't Rain. It's Bugs

Radar spots massive ladybug swarm over Southern California

(Newser) - Despite a massive green mass spotted north of San Diego on the National Weather Service's radar, there was no downpour in Southern California Tuesday evening. That's because the blob actually "a cloud of lady bugs," according to a NWS tweet . Though the ladybug bloom seemingly covered...

'Hundreds of Bugs' Crawl Out of Girl's Backpack, Mom Arrested

Jessica Stevenson has been charged with felony child neglect

(Newser) - When a Florida second grader came to Bagdad Elementary School in Milton with an undesirable smell and soiled clothes, a staffer found out from the little girl she didn't remember the last time she'd bathed. Then, "hundreds of bugs crawled out" of the child's backpack in...

Kanye's Dad Beat Cancer. Their Celebratory Meal Was ... Interesting

Bugs?

(Newser) - Kanye West (or "Ye," as he now likes to be called) has been making headlines as of late, stumping for Trump on Saturday Night Live and irritating the likes of Lana Del Rey with his comments on the 13th Amendment. His latest stunt involves a bonding experience with...

Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as...

Pet Meds, Laser Fences Could Tackle Insect-Borne Diseases

Scientists say isoxazolines could prevent up to 97% of Zika cases

(Newser) - Scientists are testing new ways to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases like Zika and malaria, one of which involves sharing medication with your dog. New research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation suggests drugs included in anti-flea and tick medications for pets could prevent 97% of Zika...

Vegan Reacts to Eating Bugs for a Week: 'I Wish I Was Dead'

Vegan who admits she's 'deathly afraid' of insects wanted to see if it was a sustainable diet

(Newser) - A 2013 UN paper extolling the environmental virtues of eating insects for protein, as well as her own curiosity, spurred Angela Skujins to wonder what it would be like if she partook in the practice of entomophagy and adopted a steady diet of creepy-crawly critters. In brief, her seven-day experiment...

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh
There's a Dead Body
Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh
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There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently...

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