Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Beetles Are Inspiration for Coatings

Ever wonder how how beetles that live in dry areas get water to drink? This video shows how. It also talks about how Scientists at M.I.T. are using this information to develop spray coatings. Super Cool! Read more

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Escargot anyone? Eleven-year-old Fin Keheler let 43 slimy snails crawl trying to set the Guinness World Record. Read more

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bee Decline

Preliminary Results: A Survey of Honey Bee Colonies Losses in the U.S. Between September 2008 and April 2009.

The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and USDA-ARS Beltsville Honey Bee Lab conducted a survey between September 2008 and early April 2009 to estimate colony loses across the country. Over 20% of the country’s estimated 2.3 million colonies were surveyed. A total loss of 28.6% of managed honey bee colonies was recorded. This compares to losses of 35.8% and 31.8% recorded respectively in the winters of 2007/2008 and 2006/2007. While a decrease in total losses is encouraging, the rate of loss remains unsustainable as the average operational loss increased from 31% in 2007/2008 to 34.2% in the 2008/2009 winter. Read on

Monday, May 18, 2009

U.S. organic sales grow by a whopping 17.1 percent in 2008

From the Organic Trade Association. U.S. sales of organic products, both food and non-food, reached $24.6 billion by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 percent over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), which today made available final results from its 2009 Organic Industry Survey. Read whole article

Emerald ash borer has been found in Minnesota

The emerald ash borer has been found in Minnesota, posing a critical threat to the state's 900 million ash trees.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Music For Pest Managment

I have never been a Led Zeppelin fan so it looks like morman crickets and I have something in common. Residents of Tuscarora, Nevada have been playing Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones tunes to help drive these pesky crickets away. This is a truely a great way to control pests without pesticides. Read more....