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Do insects really sleep?

Even insects need a bit of shut-eye. Like humans, creepy-crawlies also adopt different positions when they drift off, relaxing their bodies and antennae.

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Are jellyfish the key to immortality?

Lobsters have traditionally been linked to immortality, but in recent years jellyfish have been the hot topic among scientists. In the 1990s, marine-biologist Christian Sommer discovered that the Turritopsis species was able to reverse its aging process.

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Why do insects never lose their footing?

Insects possess an endogenous adhesive that they can use to help them walk along flat surfaces vertically. The soles of their feet secrete the glue,

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Are bees better pesticides?

In the EU alone 200,000 tons of pesticides are sprayed each year to protect crops from disease. But thanks to new start-up Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) that could soon become a thing of the past. The company has discovered that bees provide a natural alternative to pesticides.

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What do trees tweet?

Twitter has over 300 million active users and recently some of that number have been trees. As part of a study by the Laboratory of Plant Ecology at Ghent University in Belgium, 12 trees in four different locations were fitted with various bits of monitoring kit – and Twitter accounts.

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Can animals be allergic to humans?

When a dog wrinkles its nose or scratches itself near its owner, there could be a simple explanation: it probably doesn’t like smelling humans. In fact, nearly one in 20 pets has an allergy to its owner. The culprits? Human hair and skin flakes.

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How do you conquer an army on your own?

Aphids and greenfly are at the top of the ladybird menu. Unfortunately, they are protected by an army of ants, which use the tiny insects as a food source.

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How big is the biggest insect on Earth?

Phryganistria chinensis, a stick insect, is the longest out of the 807,625 known insects in the world. Discovered in China in 2014, it measures more than 60cm, proudly beating the previous record holder, a stick insect from the Phobaeticus chani species of Malaysia, by almost six centimetres.

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Does a wagging tail indicate a dog is happy?

Not necessarily, according to the pooch-loving boffins behind TailTalk, a sensor that sits on Fido’s tail to track his daily ups and downs. The emotional data is transmitted to an app on your smartphone, allowing you to learn what makes your hound happy, and what causes him stress.

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Can lightning strike the same spot twice?

The myth that lightning never strikes the same spot twice is a legend that any veteran stormwatcher or meteorologist will have seen defied many times. Lightning has no memory and if a location, object or person has been struck once, it is no less likely to be hit again.

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