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  • Are Ticks To Blame For Meat Allergies?

    By andrew | 6 months ago

    In cultures around the world, sitting down for dinner—sometimes en masse—is a staple for dietary practice, playing a significant role in the community and interpersonal relationships. Often, these meals include some form of meat, specifically beef and pork. In fact, we as Americans average consume about 270 pounds of meat per person, every year—more than…

  • People More Likely To Spread Disease Than Mosquitoes Via Air Travel

    By roberthunter | 8 months ago

    Nearly 700 million people are infected by diseases carried by mosquitoes every year. Yet, it turns out that you are more likely to spread a disease amongst another human through travel than a mosquito, researchers have found. A new study reports that humans are up to 1,000 times more likely to spread diseases like malaria,…

  • Potentially Deadly Parasite Spreads To Florida

    By roberthunter | 8 months ago

    A potentially deadly parasite has been found in various parts of Florida, a new study has found. The parasite—rat lungworm—is mostly commonly found in rats and snails, but once it infects you, it can cause spinal cord and brain dysfunctions like meningitis. In its most severe cases, rat lungworm can put you in a coma…

  • The Effect on Art & Music

    By k2forma | 9 months ago

    Before the Black Death of the 14th century, music was happy and frequently heard. As the plague raged, music was played very grimly or not at all. The only exceptions were people who decided that since they were going to die anyway, they might as well spend the rest of their life in happiness. The somber change in…

  • Bug News

    By writer | 9 months ago

    Musical Termites Termites making music? No, just the instrument, the Aborigional didjeridu. Listen to a developing didjeridu player, Academy student Josh Siegel. Butterfly Buddies The Academy and Ms. Goldfisher’s first grade friends meet at Ardenwood and search for Monarch Butterflies. A Moth Named Ralph? Where do scientists come up with names for animals? Dr. David…

  • Insect Wings

    By k2forma | 9 months ago

    Are insect wings as complex as the wings of birds? Surprisingly, they are often more sophisticated. What do falcons, butterflies, and bats all have in common? If you said that they could fly, you are correct. Along with most birds and bats, 90% of insects have the remarkable ability to fly. Insect wings are often…

  • Butterfly Buddies

    By tspencer | 9 months ago

    Thornton Jr. High Academy students have adopted first grade students in Mrs. Goldfisher’s class at James Leitch School as our “Butterfly Buddies”. In addition, we have developed an Insect Art Contest with the Smithsonian, are communicating with scientists around the world, and researching insects related to history and art.   Butterfly Buddies Butterfly Buddies is…

  • Musical Termites

    By k2forma | 9 months ago

    Is it possible that an insect makes a musical instrument? Incredibly, the answer is yes. The Didjeridu is a wind instrument made from a Eucalyptus branch hollowed out by termites. The hollowed-out branch is the beginning of a wind instrument. The didjeridu is native to the Aborigines of northern Australia, where it has been played…

  • The Common Cat Flea

    By k2forma | 10 months ago

    A cat flea is a very tough insect found on your everyday cat. The flea can jump one foot high. It would be impossible for a human to accomplish such a feat if it were the size of the flea. The cat flea has an interesting anatomy which accounts for its spectacular abilities. It can…

  • The Doctor’s Protective Suit

    By k2forma | 10 months ago

    The doctor’s robe. The nose of the sinister costume was supposed to act as a filter, being filled with materials imbued with perfumes and alleged disinfectants. The lenses were supposed to protect the eyes from the miasmas. Illustration from Historiarum anatomicarum medicarum (1661), by Thomas Bartholin.

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