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  • What Has 132 Rooms and Flies? (2009 NYT Article)

    01/04/2017 2:40:39 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    NT Yimes ^ | 17 June 09 | MARK LEIBOVICH
    The White House is bugged! No, not like that. But actual flies are swarming the place, confounding housekeepers, irritating aides, even trying to feast on the president. During an East Room interview with John Harwood for CNBC and The New York Times on Tuesday, a giant fly orbited Mr. Obama’s head. “I got the sucker,” the president boasted after fatally slapping the critter on the back of his hand. That scene became an instant YouTube sensation — and resulted in a complaint from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “Well, I guess it can’t be said that President...
  • NO FLIES ON HILLARY: The fly knows what the media doesn’t

    10/10/2016 10:38:30 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 45 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | October 11, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Let me just start out by saying that so much of what he just said is not right,” Hillary began. And then while 63 million people watched, a member of Musca domestica, or the common housefly, landed and perched near her eye. Trump had just wrapped up a thorough takedown of the Clintons and their abuse of women. “There’s never been anybody in the history politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women,” he said. The camera cut to a stone-faced Bill Clinton sitting unmoving in the VIP box. “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them...
  • Confederate flag flies again in Marion County

    07/07/2015 10:39:36 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    News 13 ^ | 7-7-2015 | News 13
    OCALA -- Marion County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to once again fly the Confederate flag at the county's government complex. The flag was taken down last week and temporarily replaced with a flag with the seal of Marion County. PREVIOUS STORY: Marion County takes down Confederate flag Commissioners on Tuesday said they planned to meet with the county's historic commission to discuss placing markers near the flag to explain its historic significance. The Civil War-era flag has been under attack since nine black men and women were gunned down at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17....
  • Millions of Flies Invade Dozens of Isanti (MN) County Homes for Weeks

    06/04/2015 8:34:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 15 replies ^ | 6/4/15 | Brett Hoffland
    Millions of flies are invading one Minnesota neighborhood, and nothing his being done. Officials say one farmer is responsible for the infestation. "We've been getting these flies like this. They're all over the car, they're all over the house, they're in our full barn, they're in our patio by the billions," Tom Hanson said. Hanson says it started thanks to their neighbor across the street who owns the property, but doesn't normally live there. "The gentleman across the road has been dumping this stuff since last winter and he has no intention of cleaning it up. He doesn't care what...
  • Bees cause pandemonium as Obama reads to kids

    04/06/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies ^ | April 6, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    It has happened yet again. President Barack Obama has been plagued by flying insects, and this time they interrupted the commander in chief as he was reading to children Monday morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As the president was reciting lines from the famous book “Where the Wild Things Are,” bees began buzzing around the kids seated on the South Lawn at the White House. “Oh no, it’s a bee!” declared Obama when some children began to scream because of the insects. “It’s OK, guys.” Obama tried to assure the children everything would be fine, saying,...
  • Figures. Obama Flies to Texas to Thank Alinsky Group For Their Support

    11/07/2013 2:27:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/7/13 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama flew to Dallas, Texas on Wednesday to promote his troubled Obamacare program. He also wanted to defend the Obamacare navigators who work on Obamacare in Dallas.Barack Obama flew to Texas to thank members of an Alinsky-founded group for their support. (Yahoo)During his visit Barack Obama thanked members of the Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) a group professing to be an interdenominational Christian group. DAI is actually a front group for the Industrial Areas Foundation, which was founded by Saul Alinsky.  The group plans on distributing 100,000 copies of the DAI health care booklet in the Dallas area.DAI purports to be a...
  • The Flies Buzzing Around the Obamas

    02/22/2013 10:58:58 AM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Judi McLeod
    When First Lady Michelle Obama steps out of her White House Picture Frame on her end of February nationwide tour, to take credit for not only halting—but reversing—childhood obesity, folk should be thinking “fertilizer”.The White House crediting Obama’s failed Let’s Move initiative as salvation for obese children everywhere is well fertilized with the same matter fertilizing her White House ‘organic’ garden.When First Lady Michelle Obama steps out of her White House Picture Frame on her end of February nationwide tour, to take credit for not only halting—but reversing—childhood obesity, folk should be thinking “fertilizer”.When First Lady Michelle Obama steps out...
  • Is Obama biblical ‘Lord of the Flies?’ Prophesy sites have field day with president’s insect moments

    01/25/2013 6:50:59 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 51 replies
    Klein Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM — Prophesy sites are having a field day with President Obama getting worldwide attention for sparring with a fly yesterday. News media reports document how Obama has somewhat of a larger history of attracting flies during multiple recorded interviews and speeches. Already, religious and other sites are using the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “lord of the flies.” As Obama yesterday nominated two new members of his second administration it was a swarming fly that stole the show. “This guy is bothering me here,” said...
  • Odd Discoveries re: Hussein Obama & The Lord of the Flies.

    01/25/2013 1:29:09 AM PST · by golux · 27 replies
    FR Vanity. | 1.25.03 | Golux
    "Beelzebub (Hebrew: בעל זבוב, Baʿal Zəvûv Arabic: بعل الذباب‎, Ba‘al az-Zubab;, literally "Lord of the Flies"; Greek: Βεελζεβούλ, Velzevoúl; Latin: Beelzebūb), with numerous archaic variants, is a Semitic deity that was worshiped in the Philistine city of Ekron. In later Christian and Biblical sources, he is referred to as another name for Satan, and in demonology, is one of the seven princes of Hell. Rabbinical literature commentary equates Baal Zebub of Ekron as lord of the "fly." Beelzebub is commonly described as placed high in Hell's hierarchy; he was of the order of Seraphim, which in Hebrew means "fiery serpents"....
  • Obama the fly swatter strikes again

    01/24/2013 4:12:33 PM PST · by TaraP · 74 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jan 24th, 2013
    There was a buzz at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama announced the nomination of two top financial regulatory officials. A large fly interrupted the president as he presented his picks to head the Securities and Exchange Commission and a watchdog for financial consumer products. Under bright television lights, the fly darted around the president's head as he spoke in the White House's ornate State Dining Room, alighting briefly on the middle of his forehead.
  • Is anyone else having a "Plague" of tiny flies?

    07/18/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 105 replies
    18 July 2012 | US Navy Vet
    If so what did you do to rid yourself of them?
  • Video: Impeach Obama Banner Flies Over the Rose Parade, Next Stop: Super Bowl

    01/04/2012 2:11:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    As promised, two patriotic groups flew an “Impeach Obama” banner over the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The Impeach Obama Tea Party and Stop Obama Now – San Diego flew a banner, with 12-feet-tall letters, over the parade and surrounding highways during the well-attended annual event. Roger Ogden, the primary organizer behind the flights, e-mailed this author that FAA regulations limited visibility over the parade itself but the banner was heavily visible outside the immediate parade route. The groups raised more than $2,500 in contributions from all around the country to fly the banner.
  • Burger King Shut Down After Officials Reportedly Find Over 200 Species of Flies (Obama tie in)

    08/17/2011 1:33:35 PM PDT · by Scythian · 28 replies
    A Chicago Burger King has been shut down after inspectors say they were so many flies in the fast food restaurant that they were "afraid to open their mouths,"
  • So Many Flies At Burger King, Inspectors Wouldn’t Open Mouths (Chicago southside)

    08/17/2011 10:19:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    CBS WBBM Chicago ^ | Aug 17, 2011 | Keith Johnson
    So Many Flies At Burger King, Inspectors Wouldn’t Open Mouths August 17, 2011 8:17 AM CHICAGO (CBS) — Do you want flies with that? A Burger King on the city’s South Side has been closed by the city, after inspectors found so many insects buzzing around that they were “afraid to open their mouths.” LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports As WBBM Newsradio’s Keith Johnson reports, the Dumpster Task Force closed the Burger King at 1701 W. 95th St., on the eastern edge of the Beverly neighborhood, on Tuesday. More than 200 flying insects of various species were found throughout...
  • Is there a curse on the White House? (Glenn Beck on O'Reilley)

    06/25/2010 5:58:56 PM PDT · by TaraP · 150 replies
    Fox ^ | June 25th, 2010
    What's up with President Obama and his bizarre ability to attract insects like flies, bees and rodents? The latest was his press conference yesterday, when a fly landed just above his mouth. Previously, the president had to swat a fly away during an interview, and a similar instance occurred during a planned photo op in Iowa. Then he was swarmed by bees, and even had a rodent come running towards him during a presser in the Rose Garden.
  • Of Liberals and Flies

    04/30/2010 9:07:26 PM PDT · by USMC_Veteran1958 · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Self | April 30th, 2010 | USMC_Veteran1958
    Why liberal arguments are like Flies•A single fly can often exist un-observed and has a relatively short life-span of only 20-30 days. But should there be just TWO flies, male & female; they can reproduce a thousand fold in their short life-span, and can represent a consider nuisance, if not a public threat. •The Fly has at best, a questionable role in contributing to natural biology, leading many to wonder why it even exists. Still others believe the fly to be just one result of “The Curse” resultant from the fall of Adam & Eve, and look for the day...
  • Female Flies Put Up a Fight to Keep Sex Short

    08/31/2009 5:08:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 1,200+ views
    nationalgeographic. ^ | August 21, 2009 | Maggie Koerth-Baker
    Even flies engage in the battle of the sexes, a new study says. Female fruit flies prefer to keep sex short and sweet, while males like it to last longer. Naturally, a fight ensues. After about a minute and a half [of mating], the female begins kicking and struggling," said study co-author Kirsten Klappert of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. That's because females get a reproductive boost from shorter sex: When mating lasts longer, female flies have less time to mate again with a different male, if they do so at all. That's good for the...
  • Parasitic Flies Being Used To Turn Fire Ants Into Headless Zombies

    05/14/2009 5:05:27 AM PDT · by MaryFromMichigan · 51 replies · 1,635+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10:05 AM EDT, May 13, 2009 | Associated Press
    Researchers in Texas are trying an unusual approach to combat fire ants — deploying parasitic flies that turn the pesky and economically costly insects into zombies whose heads fall off.The flies lay eggs on the fire ants, and the eggs hatch into maggots inside the ant and eat away at the pest's tiny brain.
  • Stupid flies live longer: study

    06/04/2008 12:01:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 202+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/08 | AFP
    GENEVA (AFP) - It doesn't pay to be smart and ignorance really is bliss if you want a long life -- at least if you're a fly, according to new research by a Swiss university. Scientists Tadeusz Kawecki and Joep Burger at the University of Lausanne said Wednesday they had discovered a "negative correlation between an improvement in a fly's mental capacity and its longevity". As part of their research project, the results of which are published in the journal Evolution, they divided into two a group of flies from the Basel region of northwestern Switzerland. One half was left...
  • The Story of Buzz

    11/22/2007 2:35:01 PM PST · by Lokibob · 86+ views
    vanity | 11/22/07 | Vanity
    The Story of Buzz I was sitting in the local saloon, middle of summer, having a cold brew when I first ran into Buzz. The bartender had a fly swatter, chasing the hordes of flies away from the brew he was serving. Since I live in horse and cow country, flies can be a big problem around here. My neighbor, the Bishop, once got some chicken droppings and spread them over his lawn as fertilizer. That was a miserable summer in our neighborhood. I armed my 7 year old son with a fly swatter, and told him that I would...
  • Fly Wrangling

    09/07/2007 10:09:07 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 7 replies · 231+ views
    vanity | 9/7/07 | Lokibob
    The Fly Wrangler   My brother tells me I have too much time on my hands.  The other brother says "You need to get a life".   I tried.  I opened a worm ranch.   It went smooth however, I hated branding time.  Each of my worms had "Bobs quality worms" branded on their side, so I could identify them.   But then the thunderstorm came up.   All of my worms stampeded.  Gone.  I was heartbroken.   All I had was my computer, and adverising for my lost worms.   And then a fly landed on my monitor screen.  Just...
  • Robot Flies In Spy Swarms ("Bomber flies would be deadly")

    10/13/2006 12:42:40 PM PDT · by Sax · 10 replies · 878+ views
    SKY News ^ | 10/8/06 | SKY News
    Robot Flies In Spy Swarms Updated: 12:31, Sunday October 08, 2006 British military scientists are developing robot flies that can be sent in swarms to spy out enemy positions. Project leader Dr Rafal Zbikowski believes the first drones could be buzzing around his lab within seven to 10 years. He has already produced a non-airborne prototype that mimics the wing beats of a hover fly. Dr Zbikowski says the robot insects will be able to operate in confined spaces within buildings and in tunnels or caves. This would make them invaluable for rooting out hidden terrorists. They could also be...
  • Man dies after car flies into building

    09/12/2006 9:23:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 402+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/06 | AP
    CORAM, N.Y. - A car hit a dirt hill at high speed and flew 200 feet into the second story of an apartment building on Tuesday, killing the driver, police said. Two people in separate apartments at the time of the 9 a.m. crash escaped injury, and there were no injuries on the street. Investigators did not know what led the driver, Vincent Pontillo Jr., to speed down a dead-end street. His 2004 Honda Accord, which was launched from a 4-foot dirt hill, penetrated the building up to its rear bumper, police spokesman Officer William Fairchild said. An autopsy was...
  • Solution for Deer Flies

    07/28/2006 4:46:26 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 13 replies · 416+ views
    Deer flies are the flies that buzz around your head when you go walking in or near the woods during the summertime (especially late June ot early August). These things make a walk in the woods miserable as they constantly dive-bomb your head - and if given a chance - will suck a copious amount of blood out of you by ripping open your skin with their jaws. Swatting these flies does not good. They just keep coming and coming. For several years now, I have been buying the TRED-NOT deer fly strips. You put the strips on the...
  • Military Flies High for McDonald's Air Show Spectators

    05/07/2006 6:08:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 427+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 7, 2006 – Spectators packed a four-mile stretch of beach and spilled into the street here to watch military and civilian air teams show their stuff yesterday. An estimated 1 million people crowded Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla., May 6 and 7 for the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. For those who missed the McDonald's Air and Sea Show yesterday or want to see it again, the show is being repeated today. After a morning of power boat races and a beach invasion demonstration...
  • Black Flies Accused of Giving Tourism Black Eyes

    04/27/2006 6:28:36 AM PDT · by girlangler · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Tennessee Wildlife Federation ^ | April 25, 2006 | Michael Butler
    Black Flies Accused of Giving Tourism Black Eyes By Michael Butler, Executive Director, Tennessee Wildlife Federation A recent bill (SB3049/HB3513) filed by state Senator Steve Southerland and Representative Eddie Yokely would create a program through the University of Tennessee to control black flies on the Pigeon River in upper east Tennessee. Problem is it could end up controlling a lot more that just the flies. Most of us remember the Pigeon River as that famous river that used to flow through the smokys with a coffee color and no fish. That is, until the State of Tennessee threatened to sue...
  • America Supports You: Group Flies Help to Wounded Soldier, Wife

    03/03/2006 5:05:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 196+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Paul X. Rutz
    WASHINGTON, March 3, 2006 – When Nova Radke's husband came back from Iraq with pieces of shrapnel embedded in his skin from head to toe, she needed help supporting him. Military funds allowed her to fly to her husband's bedside, but once there, she found she needed additional moral support. America Supports You member Peggy Baker, founder and president of Operation First Response, stands by her organization's booth to answer questions at the Washington Capitals' "Salute to the Military Night" Jan. 19. The organization provides aid to wounded servicemembers and their families. Photo by Paul X. Rutz  (Click photo for...
  • Prototype Global Hawk flies home after 4,000 combat hours

    02/14/2006 4:49:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 794+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Feb 14, 2006 | Tech. Sgt. Andrew Leonhard
    2/14/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- A high-flying prototype “Airman” is heading home after being deployed more than four years and flying 4,245 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa. Global Hawk Air Vehicle No. 3 began its journey back home at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 10, and is expected to land there Feb. 16. This unmanned aerial vehicle, AV-3, first deployed as a prototype during the build-up for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. It returned to Edwards for a couple of months and then was recalled by U.S. Central...
  • America Supports You: Organization Flies High for Wounded

    11/30/2005 4:37:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 283+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Nov 30, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2005 – Wounded servicemembers recuperating at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, look to doctors and nurses for their medical care. For creature comforts, they look to the skies. Terry Goforth is an American Airlines flight attendant who has been working troop transport flights - military chartered flights on commercial airlines into Kuwait since March 2003. Regular layovers in Frankfurt, Germany, allowed her to visit Landstuhl and learn of the needs of the wounded servicemembers there. Goforth said she asked volunteers at Landstuhl what the patients might like her to bring from the United States during her weekly...
  • Commander Flies Combat Missions in Iraq

    09/28/2005 4:34:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 441+ views
    Defend America ^ | Sep 28, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL ASAD, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2005 — For many people, doing two jobs at once is an unwelcome burden. For hard-charging Marines, it's a challenge and a chance to become better at both. Maj. Keith Couch, the acting commanding officer of Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 (Forward), is leading his squadron in war while simultaneously flying combat missions in Iraq, protecting Marines and soldiers with their boots in the sand. “Flying combat missions and commanding MWHS-2 work hand-in-hand,” said the native of Leslie County, Ky. “Commanding headquarters squadron, you have the advantage of getting a firsthand perspective of what is...
  • First All-female Crew Flies Combat Mission

    09/27/2005 6:43:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 70 replies · 3,407+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 27, 2005 | Air Force Capt. Michael G. Johnson
    From left to right, Staff Sgt. Josie E. Harshe, flight engineer; Capt. Anita T. Mack, navigator; 1st Lt. Siobhan Couturier, pilot; Capt. Carol J. Mitchell, aircraft commander; and loadmasters Tech. Sgt. Sigrid M. Carrero-Perez and Senior Airman Ci Ci Alonzo, pause in the cargo bay of their C-130 for a group photo following their historic flight. U.S. Air Force photo First All-female Crew Flies Combat Mission A crew of six Airmen at a forward deployed location climbed aboard aC-130 Hercules together recently for the first time By U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael G. Johnson 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public...
  • Living in squalor: Basically, it's your choice

    08/21/2005 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 6 replies · 809+ views
    New Hampshire Sunday News ^ | August 21, 2005 | Shawne Wickham
    Does someone have a right to live in squalor? Under New Hampshire law, the answer is yes — but only to a point. Two recent cases, in which town officials took action against homeowners in Warner and Andover, have garnered front-page headlines, and led some to ask why someone didn't step in earlier. But the reality is that New Hampshire's laws allow folks to pretty much live as they choose, so long as their lifestyle doesn't threaten their own health or that of others. Elliott Berry is a housing expert at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which has represented homeowners in...
  • Thailand: Millions of flies invade Sa Kaew village (from a waste disposal factory)

    06/30/2005 7:48:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 447+ views
    MCOT News ^ | 06/29/05
    Millions of flies invade Sa Kaew villageSA KAEW, June 29 (TNA) – A plague of millions of flies has descended on a village in Thailand's eastern province of Sa Kaew, leading to fears of a public health problem. According to villagers in Nong Pa Mak, in Sa Kaew’s Wattana Nakhon district, the flies have invaded the entire village of 80 households. TNA reporters who visited the village yesterday were greeted by the sight of windows and doors shut fast against the invasion, while trees and buildings were black with the insects. A village resident, Mrs. Chansawang Srikul, told reporters that...
  • Preserve for Endangered Fly Dedicated

    06/28/2005 10:20:31 AM PDT · by goron · 24 replies · 633+ views
    Press Engerprise ^ | Jennifer Bowles
    Preserve for endangered fly dedicated COLTON: A 150-acre field is set aside to help remove a barrier to building projects. 01:47 AM PDT on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 By JENNIFER BOWLES / The Press-Enterprise Calling it the wave of the future for endangered species protections, federal wildlife officials on Monday helped dedicate a 150-acre field in Colton as a permanent preserve for an endangered fly. Some developers who have been stymied by protections for the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will buy credits to help manage the preserve so their projects can go forward. It is the first conservation bank for...
  • Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Flies (Yale research scientists used lasers)

    04/08/2005 10:11:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 576+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/8/05 | AP
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale University researchers say their study that used lasers to create remote-controlled fruit flies could lead to a better understanding of overeating and violence in humans. Using the lasers to stimulate specific brain cells, researchers say they were able to make the flies jump, walk, flap their wings and fly. Even headless flies took flight when researchers stimulated the correct neurons, according to the study, published in the April 7 issue of the journal Cell. Scientists say the study could ultimately help identify the cells associated with psychiatric disorders, overeating and aggressiveness. Biologists have long known...
  • Shoo-fly, don't bother tourists

    02/13/2005 1:57:30 PM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 413+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | Eric Heyl
    Only in Pennsylvania would insect control stand a chance of becoming a significant issue in a gubernatorial campaign. Many political observers believe Republican state Sen. Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County will emerge as Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's GOP challenger next year. Piccola's insect-related criticism of the proposed 2005-06 state budget that Rendell unveiled Wednesday leaves little doubt that he will seek the office. Piccola blasted Rendell over the planned elimination of the Department of Environmental Protection's $4.4 million black-fly control and suppression program. He strongly opposes ending state-financed spraying to reduce the summertime population of black flies -- more commonly...
  • Smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power

    09/09/2004 7:45:09 AM PDT · by BJClinton · 41 replies · 1,005+ views
    Reuters via msnbc ^ | 09/08/2004 | staff
    Updated: 1:17 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2004LONDON - British scientists are developing a robot that will generate its own power by eating flies. The idea is to produce electricity by catching flies and digesting them in special fuel cells that will break down sugar in the insects' skeletons and release electrons that will drive an electric current.
  • What Researchers Might Learn From the Flea Circus

    08/31/2004 7:26:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 284+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 31, 2004 | JAMES GORMAN
    I have to admit that the first sentence caught my eye. It's not often that you find a scientific article that begins, "Can relief from pain be a pleasure?" When I started reading, however, I soon discovered that this was not research in the long and honorable tradition of Kinsey. There wasn't a dominatrix to be found. No one dressed in leather. In fact there was no sex at all. You can imagine my relief. Instead of some lurid tale of domination and submission, the article was all about fruit flies - their pain, their pleasure and what neurological pathways...
  • "Back to swatting flies" CARTOON with John Kerry by Linda Eddy

    04/12/2004 2:34:54 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 18 replies · 187+ views ^ | 4/12/2004 | IPWGOP
    After Bob (9/11 Commission) Kerrey has a swatting at flies snit fit during Condi's testimony, John Kerry bravely takes up the torch... err, I mean, the swatter! I'm sure Moqtada would approve, aren't you?
  • Scientists to study evolution of flies

    11/04/2003 7:12:29 PM PST · by yonif · 9 replies · 279+ views
    News Interactive ^ | November 4, 2003 | AAP
    THEY are a nuisance and spread disease, but they are older than the dinosaurs, and now a five-year study will take place into the evolution of flies. Scientists from the CSIRO are part of an international team which has won a grant to research the evolutionary history of flies. As part of the study, the team will investigate the development of insecticide resistance genes in flies. CSIRO researcher David Yeates, who will work on the project, said there were up to 40,000 species of flies in Australia, and they made up 10 per cent of the world's living species. "A...
  • Closest Asteroid Yet Flies Past Earth

    10/03/2003 8:37:27 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 512+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-3-2003 | Jeff Hecht
    Closest asteroid yet flies past Earth 18:17 02 October 03 news service An asteroid about the size of a small house passed just 88,000 kilometres from the Earth by on Saturday 27 September - the closest approach of a natural object ever recorded. Geostationary communication satellites circle the Earth 42,000km from the planet's centre. The asteroid, designated 2003 SQ222, came from inside the Earth's orbit and so was only spotted after it had whizzed by. The first sighting was on Sunday 28 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search program in Arizona, US. Amateur astronomer Peter Birtwhistle of Great...
  • Fishermen anticipate good catch

    04/11/2003 1:38:16 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 9 replies · 323+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Friday, April 11, 2003 | Matt Eyeremail and Natalie Hrubos
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. As fishermen try their luck on opening day of trout season tomorrow, they can expect at least one thing: more. That is how Dan Tredinnick, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, characterized this year's season. Tredinnick said the commission has stocked about 4 million trout throughout the state this year, 200,000 more than last year. Seventy streams were added to the stock list, including Poe Creek and White Deer Creek in Centre County. "With the level of stocking that has taken place, I fully expect there will be a...
  • Fat Flies Could Help Make People Thin - Scientist

    04/04/2003 9:38:54 AM PST · by Willie Green · 1 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, April 4, 2003
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. BERLIN (Reuters) - Genetically fattened flies may help humans lose weight, a German scientist said on Thursday. New research on the Drosophila fruit fly at Germany's Max-Planck Institute in Goettingen has established a link between fat storage mechanisms in insects and mammals. Project leader Ronald Kuehnlein said examining flies was providing valuable insights into how fats are processed. "Our findings establish a common basis for how fat cells are integrated in mammals and insects. If we find further genetic ties between flies and mammals on fat regulation it could have serious...
  • Powell Flies Out With A Post-War Warning For Syria And Iran

    03/31/2003 5:48:06 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 148+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-1-2003 | Rupert Cornwell
    Powell flies out with a post-war warning for Syria and Iran By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 01 April 2003 On the eve of a fence-mending trip to Europe and Turkey, Colin Powell has ratcheted up pressure on Syria and Iran, hinting that if they did not change their ways, they too would come under intense pressure from Washington, after the war with Iraq was won. Mr Powell leaves today for Ankara, then EU and Nato headquarters in Brussels, in a personal bid to ease strains between the United States and some of its alliance partners over the Iraq campaign. He...
  • On Hannity Now, Delhi Flies

    12/03/2002 1:13:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 254+ views
    Hannity on the Air | 12/3/02
    Sean is hammering environutcases and the latest episode of madness. Yesterday's thread Endangered Fly Stalls Some California Projects
  • Gay Flies Turned On By Heat

    09/17/2002 9:13:04 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 333+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9-17-2002 | Sylvia Pagan Westphal
    Gay flies turned on by heat 22:00 16 September 02 news service A mere change in temperature is all it takes for the males of a new line of genetically engineered flies to switch from being heterosexual to suddenly courting other males. The switch occurs within minutes and is fully reversible, meaning scientists have for the first time a system they can manipulate to study how some brain regions may be involved in determining sexual orientation. Whether the secrets unveiled by these peculiar flies will shed any light on human sexual preference is still unclear. Some of the neurons...
  • Osprey aircraft to return to sky for tests

    05/29/2002 10:11:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 293+ views
    Sacramento Bee via AP ^ | 5/29/02 | Stephen Manning
    <p>LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (AP) - When it was introduced, the Osprey aircraft was promoted as unique in its ability to take off like a helicopter, rotate its propellers 90 degrees and then fly like an airplane.</p> <p>For two years, however, the Osprey hasn't flown anywhere. The helicopter-airplane hybrid was grounded in 2000 after two fatal crashes.</p>