Notes from the Lab

Notes from the Lab: The Schmidt Pain Index

Welcome back to the Lab! We’ve all been there; contentedly enjoying a summer afternoon, traipsing across the lawn in bare feet when: boom. Bee underfoot. A yelp is issued. Obscenities are […]

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Notes from the Lab: Life Finds a Way

Many consider insects to be the most successful lifeforms on the planet. If you’re a longtime reader of Notes from the Lab, it should come as no surprise that they […]

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Notes from the Lab: The One True ‘Pede

Welcome back to the Lab! Millipedes are some of the oldest creatures on earth and well known for being the leggiest. They hauled themselves forth from the primordial ooze well […]

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Notes from the Lab: Snow Fleas

Winter doesn’t technically start for another week, but it certainly made an early arrival in our corner of the world. While I miss the noisy din of insects at the height of summer, […]

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Notes from the Lab: Spider Myths (Part I)

In the current age of information accessibility, knowledge transmission happens almost instantaneously. While many would argue this is largely beneficial, it also means misinformation is traveling at lightning speed. Once […]

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Notes from the Lab: Mountain Pine Beetle

Mountain pine beetles have a nasty reputation in the Intermountain West. Many are familiar with the term “beetle kill,” and witnessed the damage a beetle infestation can cause. Efforts to […]

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Notes from the Lab: Insect Sleep

Sleep is nearly universal within animals. Though it may present differently between species, everyone needs a rest now and then. Insects are no exception. Sleep signatures in insects resemble those […]

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Notes from the Lab: Mad Honey

Humans and honey have a long historical association. Beekeeping emerged in ancient Egypt nearly 10,000 years ago, but evidence of wild honey collection dates even further. For nearly 15,000 years, humans […]

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