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A skeleton of a fish lies forgotten on the dry bed of Lake Penuelas outside Santiago, Chile.

15 signs we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, thanks to climate change and human-driven habitat destruction.
41% of global insect species are at risk, a new study finds.

Insects are dying off at record rates — an ominous sign we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Some 40% of world insects are in decline as part of the sixth mass extinction. If the decline continues, Earth could be devoid of insects in 100 years.
Insects are surprisingly nutritious.

3 surprising reasons you should add bugs to your diet

Insects are surprisingly nutritious and they're much more environmentally friendly to farm than pigs or cattle.
Lifesum is encouraging users to eat more bugs.

People are logging how many insects they eat on a huge food tracking app, and users are experimenting with a grasshopper taco recipe

Lifesum collaborated with North America's biggest insect farm Entomo Farms to build the function.
There are venomous spines hidden in this caterpillar's woolly coat.

A 5-year-old girl went to the hospital after she was stung by ‘the most poisonous caterpillar in the US’

A mother says her 5-year-old was stung by a Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar (also known as the puss or asp caterpillar) while at daycare, resulting in a brief hospitalization. The caterpillar's stings are known to be deeply painful and may cause symptoms like headache, fever, and nausea.

A government-funded research project using insects to genetically modify crops could trigger a ‘biological arms race,’ scientists warn

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to genetically modify crops using virus-carrying insects. Darpa says this would protect crops from droughts, floods, and frost. Some scientists and lawyers, however, say the Insect Allies program could be engineered to kill plants instead.
A species of Triatomine bugs that can spread Chagas disease.

A dangerous parasitic illness spread by bugs that bite people’s faces at night is spreading in the US, doctors warn

Bloodsucking "kissing bugs," or triatomine bugs, spread a parasitic illness called Chagas disease. Researchers have described Chagas as a "silent killer," since many people don't necessarily show signs of infection. It causes serious heart complications in about 30% of patients.

Why cockroaches are so hard to kill

If you ever had cockroaches in your house, you probably know how difficult it is to get rid of them. They are one of the most widespread and resilient creatures on Earth. But don't lose hope. There are ways to combat these pesky pests.
A shark that's stunned people still believe it must swim to breathe.

It’s time to stop spreading these popular myths about animals

For each surprising fact about animals, there's always another that's exaggerated, misguided, or just plain wrong.