Insects

12:01am

Thu June 9, 2011
Latin America

In Heart Of Amazon, A Natural Lab To Study Diseases

A female mosquito acquires a blood meal. This species, Aedes aegypti, carries and transmits the dengue fever virus.
James Gathany CDC

It's summer and mosquitoes are back. We mostly consider these insects merely annoying, but they also can transmit disease, such as West Nile virus. In fact, in parts of Latin America and Asia — and even, to a lesser extent, in the U.S. — mosquito-borne diseases are growing more common.

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3:30pm

Thu January 27, 2011
Opinion

Ant Farm: The Big Chill And Tunnels Of Love

Originally published on Thu January 27, 2011 3:11 pm

Milton Levine in 2006
Damian Dovarganes AP

Laurel Dalrymple is a home page editor at NPR.org

Despite the Xbox 360s, lifelike squawking hamsters and remote-controlled flying fairies now on the market, my 8-year-old daughter asked for just one thing last Christmas: an ant farm.

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