The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

World / Science & Health Nov 1, 2019

The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

Hordes of brain-munching undead terrorizing neighborhoods make for fun television and movies, but zombies could never be real ... or could they? There are, in fact, a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts' behavior — and ...

Crop-damaging fall armyworms found in Japan for first time

National Jul 10, 2019

Crop-damaging fall armyworms found in Japan for first time

Fall armyworms have been found in fields in Kagoshima Prefecture, the first discovery of the exotic invasive pest in the country, according to the agriculture ministry. In order to prevent the spread of the insect, a type of moth that causes damage to corn and ...

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

Reference | FYI Aug 7, 2017

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Fire ants, a venomous, highly invasive nonnative pest, have been spotted over the past few months in various parts of Japan, prompting the Environment Ministry to both warn the public to seek immediate treatment for stings and take measures to prevent further infestation. First detected ...

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

World Sep 16, 2015

In warming Arctic, mosquitoes may multiply

Rising temperatures in the Arctic may be good news for mosquitoes, which prosper with warmer weather. Researchers said on Tuesday that increasing temperatures are enabling Arctic mosquitoes to grow more quickly and emerge sooner from their pupal stage, greatly expanding their numbers and menacing the ...