Light pollution may be increasing West Nile virus spillover from wild birds

We’re in the midst of summertime mosquito bite season and cities across the country are reporting a heightened number of West Nile Virus (WNV) cases. The house sparrow is one of the most common carriers of WNV in urban areas. Mosquitos feed off the infected birds and spread the virus to humans. New research finds house sparrows exposed to artificial […]

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Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list: Grasshoppers and silkworms have antioxidant capacity similar to fresh orange juice, says study

For the first time, a study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. Sure, most of them don’t have six legs — and scorpions, spiders, and centipedes aren’t even insects. But for open-minded health freaks, it’s good news: crickets pack 75% the antioxidant power of fresh OJ, and silkworm fat twice that of olive oil. And while even […]

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