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Jewel Beetle Shimmer Could Offer Blueprint For Materials That Reflect Light
ScienceDaily (2009-07-27) -- "Jewel beetles" are widely known for their glossy external skeletons that appear to change colors as the angle of view changes. Now they may be known for something else -- providing a blueprint for materials that reflect light rather than absorbing it to produce colors.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090723175436.htm

Scientists Identify Weevil As Biocontrol For Invasive Garlic Mustard
ScienceDaily (2009-07-27) -- A promising biocontrol agent for garlic mustard, one of the most problematic invaders of temperate forests in North America, has been identified.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090725115152.htm

Inbred Bumblebees Less Successful Due To 'Inefficient' Males
ScienceDaily (2009-07-26) -- Declining bumblebee populations are at greater risk of inbreeding, which can trigger a downward spiral of further decline. Researchers have provided the first proof that inbreeding reduces colony fitness under natural conditions by increasing the production of reproductively inefficient 'diploid' males.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090701190414.htm

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