How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

June 27, 2014 by  
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Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse , but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider . A bite from a funnel web spider could kill a human quickly, but new research by scientists at the University of Newcastle shows a mixture of venom from Australian funnel web spiders combined with snowdrop lectin creates a powerful “biopesticide” that could be used in place of pesticides believed to be killing off bees. Read the rest of How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , bees , deadly spider could save the bees , farming , food , funnel , lectin , neonicotinoids , pesticides , pollination , security , snowdrop , spider , web

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

June 27, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Al Bayt Stadium , Al Bayt Stadium World Cup 2022 , football stadium 2022 , nomad tents , Qatar World Cup , Qatar World Cup 2022 , sports architecture , traditional nomadic architecture , vernacular architecture , world cup 2022

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Transgenic Spider-Goat Hybrids Produce Tougher-Than-Steel Silk

May 30, 2010 by  
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Spider silk is known for its tough as nails strength and pliable nature , making it an ideal material for application in items ranging from bulletproof vests to even artificial ligaments and tendons . While amassing enough of this miracle material can be a tedious task (spiders have a tendency to kill one another – so out goes the spider farm), a team of researchers have come up with a new way to splice the spider’s silk-making genes into goats.

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

May 29, 2010 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat Managing Editor Emily Pilloton , Project H seeks to help designers use their unique skills to tackle the world’s greatest social problems

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Cup Specially Designed For Catching Cornered Bugs

April 1, 2010 by  
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Okay, so you’ve got a scary-looking spider in your house. But since you’re a friend to creatures big and small, even unwelcome eight-legged ones, instead of killing it , you’ll do the right thing and escort it outside where it belongs.

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Annie Leonard Tells The Story of Stuff

April 1, 2010 by  
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Since Annie Leonard created The Story of Stuff , the short web film has been watched some ten million times. But the twenty-minute film was twenty years in the making.

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Metal-Tainted Insects Poison Carnivorous Plants

April 1, 2010 by  
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Insects that have consumed metals, like cadmium, have been shown to poison the carnivorous plants that prey on them. Image credit: llamnudds /Flickr When we think about pollutants moving their way up the food chain, we picture a process that begins with plants or plankton and gradually compounds until it reaches species at the top —like

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