Haemaphysalis Flava Hardy Enough to Survive Vacuum and Electron Beam

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Haemaphysalis flava , a kind of tick, was observed under the intense rays of an electron scanning microscope and survived the experience. They may have just surpassed Tardigrades as the world’s hardiest animals, which can survive the vacuum and UV radiation of space.

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Rapidly Retreating Glacial Ice Leaves Species Threatened

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The rapidly disappearing glaciers are altering more than the physical landscape, as a recent analysis suggests. Species that live in streams and rivers that flow from melting glaciers could start disappearing when half of the glacial cover in a region is lost.

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Jurassic Period Super-Sized Fleas Had Armored Mouthparts to Attack the Thick Hide of Dinosaurs

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The primitive ancestors of modern day fleas were built to drain the blood of dinosaurs, more than 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. This potential host-parasite relationship was recently uncovered thanks to a set of preserved fossils found in China.

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Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Fight Diseases

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Out of the 750,000 different species of insects covering Earth, there are about 14,000 that feed on blood, getting their sustenance by puncturing the skin of vertebrates. Certain strains of mosquitoes are infected with parasitic organisms that can become toxic and lethal to humans, once they are passed on.

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