Spiders don’t care about saving human lives. But one species that likes to feast on mosquitoes could help prevent the spread of malaria.

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Researchers have found a link between pregnant mothers infected with Zika virus during pregnancy and cases of microcephaly in their babies. But although Zika virus only began receiving widespread attention recently, Zika infections are nothing new.

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Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects on this planet. While most are just a nuance, some species are actually harmful to human health because they carry microorganisms or viruses that can cause serious illness. Why are those that do carry diseases so effective at infecting humans? (4:01 min.)

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The reappearance of the Aedes mosquitoes, coupled with suitable climatic conditions, have triggered a Zika virus epidemic in Brazil and is affecting hundreds of thousands of people across South America. (3:30 min.)

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Learn about arachnids and forensic entomology at this upcoming STEM Talk on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 7:00-8:00PM in room 1011 at the Durham District School Board office.

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This video by In a Nutshell - Kurzgesagt explains why bees are important for our own survival and why scientists think they have been dying.

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Insects are an environmentally responsible and nutritious food choice... tiny legs and all!

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While we won’t likely go extinct if all the bees die, many of the foods and plant-based materials we take for granted will disappear.

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Diseases that occur on a plant’s reproductive parts or as a direct result of spreading pollen from one place to another could be considered the plant equivalent of an STI.

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Honey bee populations are in sharp decline throughout North America and Europe. Many large beekeeping operations are reporting that up to 40 or 50 percent of their swarms have mysteriously disappeared.

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