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A tiny insect buzzes by, going unnoticed as it whizzes through the air. It is an insect or is it a high tech spying tool disguised as a tiny fly? It may sound like something from a far-fetched Hollywood movie, but in fact it is a new reality in war zones. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is taking inspiration from real insects as they create new robotic tools for the military. While militaries have been using robotic drones in combat zones, this new technology can gain access into even the smallest of spaces. Whether they want to see inside a building or gain footage of a place that wouldn’t be safe to send troops, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this exciting technology. For more, check out this story from CNN.

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Happy Friday! Here's a lovely news story. (There's a phrase we rarely hear!) A group of Florida firefighters were recently called to a man's home after he experienced a heart attack while mowing his lawn. After the man was brought to the hospital, the kind firefighters stayed behind to finish mowing the man's yard. This great act of kindness has since gotten widespread attention across the internet. Bravo to these wonderful gentlemen! It’s fantastic to see them getting the recognition they deserve!

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Last week on our Facebook, we told you about a new super-strain of head ‎lice emerging just as our children are heading back to school. We’re now learning more about them. Today’s head lice are now resilient to many of the shampoos that have been universally used to kill them off easily in the past.

Permethrin and pyrethrin, common insecticides found in over the counter lice-killing shampoos are no longer effective to 99.6% of the lice that were studied in a 2014 experiment. More costly alternative shampoos are said to be more effective to today’s super lice. Read more from CNN

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Can cockroaches make you skinny? Well, kind of. In a recent study, scientists showed subjects images of tasty foods, like ice cream and French fries. At first, the subjects voiced their desire to gobble up the appetizing foods in the images, however these hungry hankerings were snuffed by the "disgust" technique.

 

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A quick flash of a disgusting image, like a cockroach, was shown to the subject before showing a snap of a delicious treat. The flash of the “disgusting” image would be so fast that the subject wouldn’t even realize they had seen the image. Interestingly, the subject would then show a significant decrease in desire for the once mouthwatering image. 

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Ants are kind of our thing, which is why we're excited to see Ant-Man this weekend. We're fascinated about how the film makers incorporated entomology into the movie, studying and taking inspiration from real insects. Here's a great story from NPR about just this and how well the movie sticks to science.

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