A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network. The "brain" -- a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat's brain and cultured inside a glass dish -- gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level. Read the entire story over at Science Daily.
Falcon Lawn & Pest Blog
The very great Pest World put out this video that gives tips on keeping common summer insect pests at bay. Missy Henriksen with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) discusses three of the most common pests encountered in the summer: mosquitoes, ants, and ticks. It offers tips on avoiding them around your home, as well as using repellants, sealing cracks around the home and more.
For more info on general household pests take a look at our page on them here. We're looknig forward to attending Pest World 2014 coming up in October.
Time Magazine has a great pictorial about 10 invasive species who have overstayed their welcome. In begins with the Asian Camel Cricket, and moves through frogs, rabbits and more. The thing they most share in common is the fact that they come into an area, and after a short time, over take it by the sheer number of their population. Taking acre of issues like this is what Falcon excels the most at. Take a look at the whole story over at Time Magazine.
The owner of Falcon sent me a link to the blog of Bill Gates (I had no idea he had a blog!) which has a great article on mosquitoes. The crux of the blog post can be summarized in the title of this blog: mosquitoes kill more humans and animals than any other animal on the planet. That includes sharks, bears, snakes, tapeworms, and of course the very deadly human him (or her) self.
Due to the sheer deadliness of the diseases mosquitoes carry and worst of all spread, these tiny flying insects top the list at most deadly animal in existence. Head over to the Bill Gates blog to read the whole story here, and watch the video they produced on the subject below:
We have another news story out of Florida regarding the Chikungunya illness being spread to humans by mosquitoes. Watch below: