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Jamaican Cave Flies

Jamaican cave flies got rhythm!

Is it surprising that I hope the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will hold his world records over 100 and 200 m for many years to come? Is it surprising I have a soft spot for Jamaica? I suppose not, because two of my daughters were born there. But Jamaica is not just Usain Bolt: Jamaica is famous for rum, reggae and rhythm (and bauxite, but we’ll ignore that for now). —>—>

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Better than TV and Computer Games

Better than TV and Computer Games – At least sometimes

I can understand that some people don’t like cockroaches (although, it should be mentioned that in 2000 E.M. Costa-Neto and M.V.M. Oliveira published an article in the journal Human Ecology Review, titled cockroach is good for asthma: zootherapeutic practices in NE-Brazil). —>—>

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Pain in Insects?

Compared with them, we humans are terrible wimps

Children -and a few adults as well- are known to have sometimes plucked off the wings of flies, heaven knows why. Housewives do not hesitate emptying spray cans of insecticide over ants in the kitchen and gardeners can go berserk over aphids on their precious rose bushes and would try to annihilate the pest with all the chemical weaponry available. Isn’t that cruel? Are the insects not suffering pain and distress? Let us examine. —>