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Category Archives: Research
Studying Entomology as a Math and Physics Double Major
Question: “Hey there! I was wanting to ask something related to studying entomology. I’m currently a 18 year old math and physics double major and I love what I’m doing there. However, from a young age I’ve always had a … Continue reading
Posted in grad school, Research Tagged Entomology, How to study entomology, Math, Student Debates 1 Comment
Interacting With Ekbom’s sufferers: Guidelines from the dermatology literature.
Infestations can be very difficult to handle in online science outreach projects. We do our best to give the best possible advice, but ultimately it’s an issue where you need boots on the ground. During our infestation post, we mentioned … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Education, News, Pest Management, Research Tagged Dermatology, Ekbom's Syndrome, Morgellons, Psychology, Psychosomatic Illness 5 Comments
There’s a lot of misinformation about spider bites on the internet…and some of it comes from academic websites.
Written by Joe Ballenger October is an important time for spiders. Spiders sleep through the winter, and right about now is when they’re looking for places to hunker down. Consequently, we get a lot of pictures of spiders in people’s … Continue reading
Posted in News, Research Tagged Arachtober, Spider Bites, Spiders 3 Comments
Microcephaly, Zika, correlation, and causation: the science behind CDC’s confirmation of Zika and microcephaly
Written by Joe Ballenger I’m still following the Zika/Microcephaly literature. I’m not writing about every paper which comes out, but I am writing about the ones I feel are pretty important. The most recent ‘big paper’ came out in the … Continue reading
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Questions about head lice.
Written by Joe Ballenger We get a lot of questions about lice, and these are really important. On Biofortified, I wrote an article about head louse treatments that was relatively depressing. There are a lot of companies which market louse … Continue reading
Posted in Education, Pest Management, Physiology, Research Tagged Lice, Lice Treatments, Medicine, Parasites 4 Comments
Why is Oxitec using tetracycline for a genetic switch? Why not something else?
Written by Joe Ballenger Here’s where we get to the meat of the question our follower asked…why use the antibiotic tetracycline as a switch? Why not something else? Last week, we discussed a system which could potentially work for this … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Pest Management, Physiology, Research Tagged Biochemistry, Genetic Control, GMOs, Mosquitoes, Oxitec, Pest Control, Physiology, RIDL, Tetracycline 7 Comments
So let’s talk about another type of GMO for a minute…
We’ve gotten this question, and it’s a really good question, but I didn’t initially understand what the person was asking. I knew what they were getting at-why is Oxitec using a tetracycline dependent system-but I wanted to wait for them … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Education, Evolution, Insect Rearing, Pest Management, Physiology, Research Tagged Biochemistry, genetics, Genomics, GMOs 1 Comment
What have we learned about science communication over the past year of answering your questions?
Written by Joe Ballenger and Nancy Miorelli Entomology outreach through blogging with @SciBugs & @Stylopidae and their @BugQuestions project #entsoc15 pic.twitter.com/qAFEwyQ1MM — Morgan Jackson (@BioInFocus) November 17, 2015 We recently got back from the Entomological Society of America’s annual meeting, … Continue reading
Posted in Education, Research Tagged Conference, email, facebook, SciComm, science communication, twitter Leave a comment
Do wasps bite, and does their saliva have any defensive properties?
Today’s question comes to us from a friend of mine, through a conversation on FB instant messenger. Wasps are a huge group, and at least 150,000 types of bees, wasps and ants have been described by scientists. Despite the fact … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Chemistry, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Pollination, Research, Taxonomy Tagged ants, Bees, Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry 8 Comments
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