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Mosquitoes are drawn to flowers as much as people — and now scientists know why

(University of Washington) Despite their reputation as blood-suckers, mosquitoes actually spent most of their time drinking nectar from flowers. Scientists have identified the chemical cues in flowers that stimulate mosquitoes’ sense of smell and draw them in. Their findings show how cues from flowers can stimulate the mosquito brain as much as a warm-blooded host — information that could help develop less toxic repellents and better traps.

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New feathered dinosaur shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed from birds.

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New feathered dinosaur shows dinosaurs grew up differently from birds

A new species of feathered dinosaur has been discovered in China. The one-of-a-kind specimen preserves feathers and bones that provide new information about how dinosaurs grew and how they differed from birds.

Scott Morrison looks for wriggle room on climate as he detects the whiff of backlash | Sarah Martin

It’s too early to say whether the prime minister, Scott Morrison, is speaking with a forked tongue when he says the government will “evolve” its climate change policy. What appeared on Sunday to be a shift in rhetoric on the…

How much should we worry about pyrethrins and pyrethroids?

The problem with pesticides is that they can be dangerous to more than the pests they’re targeting. You’ve likely heard of pyrethrins and pyrethroids. They are types of pesticides specifically used to wipe out insects. Pyrethrins are botanical insecticides derived…

How you can use Australian landscaping ideas to create a drought-tolerant garden

The majority of Australians — about 85% — live on the country’s coasts. That’s because vast areas of the interior of the continent are desert. But even closer to the coasts, there are still plenty of areas that are only…

World's largest flower bloom found in remote Indonesian jungle

While stumbling through some remote jungle in Indonesia’s West Sumatra, conservationists claim to have spotted the world’s largest flower bloom ever recorded, reports Phys.org. The specimen is a giant Rafflesia tuan-mudae, a species that boasts mammoth but elusive blossoms that…

Everything you ever wanted to know about tumbleweeds

Like cowboys, wagon trains and buffalo, tumbleweeds are icons of the Old West. These twisted balls of dead foliage rolling across deserts and the open range are staples of Western movies and the American imagination. But the truth about tumbleweeds…