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Termites Use Poop to Fight Biological Warfare

Termites may use their own poop as a source of natural antibiotics, researchers say. These findings might help explain why human attempts to kill them using biological warfare have failed over the pas... read more

The Life Debate

One may say the virus is not alive since it must use a host cell to replicate its genetic material ... explains that what can bring good consequences can also lead to bad ones. Biological warfare will ... read more

Book Excerpt: Germ Wars

In Germs: Biological Weapons and America's ... Chapter Two Germs and warfare are old allies. More than two millennia ago, Scythian archers dipped arrowheads in manure and rotting corpses to increase t... read more

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Apes and the Origins of Human Violence

and who use a leaf as a plate for food. There are chimpanzees using bone-picks to extract the last remnants of marrow from a monkey bone, others digging with stout sticks into mounds of ants or bees o... read more

Learning to love our bugs

"They're playing critical roles in how you interact with the environment, how you process food, how you fight off pathogens ... "Your gut gets disrupted and barren from antibiotic use," says Kraft, th... read more

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Women have termite poisons and toilet deodorizers and flame-retardants ... In my lifetime, more than 75,000 synthetic chemicals and metals have been put to use in America. Chemicals, that in many case... read more

Female Dung Beetles Evolved Elaborate Horns to Fight for the Choicest Poop

Male animals often use their horns to fight over females, but at least one species’ females ... You might think there’d be enough poop to go around, and that fighting over it wouldn’t be necessary. Ho... read more

Aging worker termites explode themselves in suicide missions

Image courtesy of R. Hanus (Phys.org) -- A new study of termites has revealed that older workers are equipped with suicide packs of chemicals on their backs to fight off intruders. An international te... read more

Manure happens

“I'm about manured out,” he says, wiping the blood from his hands after helping the birth of a calf; “I thought I'd had enough of studying manure regulations.” Yet Mr Gorder, who is on the board of th... read more

Better, Faster, More Comprehensive Manure Distribution

Andrew Phillips, head of the biological computation research group at the Cambridge Lab said researchers benefit from Microsoft’s history as a software innovator. “We can use methods that ... it would ... read more

Biological Warfare: Parasitic Wasp Uses A Virus To Control Its Host

Their findings suggest that “DcPV is employed as a biological weapon by D. coccinellae to manipulate the behaviour of C. maculata.” They also examined the ovaries of wasps and found neat little virus ... read more

Anthrax cellular entry point uncovered

Unraveling the anthrax-Mac-1 gateway is a milestone in the ongoing efforts to protect humans from bioterrorism and biological warfare, the UAB microbiologists said. Such a discovery will speed the dev... read more

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