Jun 18, 2015

New drug compound may beat malaria with single $1 dose

Scientists have discovered a new anti-malarial compound that could treat patients with a single $1 dose, including those with strains of the mosquito-borne disease that are resistant to current drugs. Although it is still years from reaching the market, results from tests conducted on ...

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

May 15, 2015

U.S. honeybee keepers lose 42% of colonies

U.S. honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies in the past year, the second highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a preliminary report this week. The losses from April 2014 to April 2015 are considered too high to be sustainable — ...

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

Apr 29, 2015

Drones and dogs in guacamole-saving battle

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With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world’s supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared. On subtropical farmland in South ...

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

Apr 11, 2015

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

A cat-eating lizard native to Africa is being targeted by Florida state wildlife officials who say the creatures, known as Nile monitors, could be dangerous to pets and people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is “increasing efforts to locate and ...

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Mar 26, 2015

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for ...

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

Feb 1, 2015

GMO mosquito plan sparks debate in Florida

A British company’s plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents. As of Friday, more than 145,000 people had signed a petition at change.org urging ...

Dengue's spread flies under the radar amid Ebola scare

Nov 9, 2014

Dengue's spread flies under the radar amid Ebola scare

One of the most familiar sounds in Malaysia’s capital is the approaching drone of a fumigation fogger spewing thick white plumes of insecticide, part of so-far futile efforts to arrest a spiraling dengue fever outbreak. Malaysia is among several countries across Asia and Latin ...