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These mating flies have been doing the nasty for 41 million years

April 3rd, 2020

Mating flies frozen in time were found encased in amber for the past 41 million years.  The flies, still locked in their mating pose, were swallowed up by tree sap which then hardened into protective amber that preserved them and made it possible for paleontologists to study them.  The flies are just part of a …

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are catching a ride on hospital flies

June 24th, 2019

When you’re particularly sick, you go to the hospital. Health care facilities like clinics and hospitals can improve our quality of life, but they may also have the potential to bolster so-called “superbugs” which are antibiotic-resistant versions of some of the most troublesome bacteria. In a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, …