Mosquito Matchmaker: An Inside (Itchy) Look at Force-Mating Mosquitoes

The worst thing about feeding hundreds of mosquitoes on your own blood is not the itching – if you do it enough times, your body gets used to the bites. It's not even the pain, although it is always painful since the mosquitoes will use their snouts to root about your flesh in search of a blood vessel. Read More >>

Wasp Invasion Forces Passenger Jet to Make an Emergency Landing

If you've ever been stuck in a car going along a motorway with a wasp buzzing around inside the vehicle, you'll know just how stressful an experience it can be. Spare a thought then for the pilots of an Airbus A330 jet, who were plagued by a nest of the blighters, causing an aborted takeoff and emergency landing. Read More >>

Would You Eat 3D Printed Insect Snacks to Help Lower World Hunger?

Scientists seem to agree that one way for humanity to survive the ongoing population explosion is to start getting more of its protein from insects, rather than the enormous, inefficient cows and pigs we currently grind up and fry. Problem is, no one wants to eat a beetle. But how about a beetle that's been mashed and 3D printed into a pretty sweetie shape? Read More >>

Insect Nervous System Copied to Boost Computing Power

Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects' nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say. Read More >>

Welcome to the Age of the Bionic Superbug

Like a silent bionic army, the era of the cyborg has crept upon us. Or so a group of reviewers said recently when they evaluated where the science of cyborgs has led. Read More >>

How a Poorly Camouflaged Insect Reshapes Its Ecosystem

For an insect trying to avoid becoming dinner, the consequences of bad camouflage are clear. What's less obvious is how the effects then ripple like an aftershock through an entire ecosystem, subtly changing which shrubs are eaten and which critters thrive. For example, the consequences of a single species of badly camouflaged walking stick insect can cascade throughout the California hills. Read More >>

Cockroaches Become the Latest Product to Be Mass-Produced in China

China's industrial might already sees the nation produce everything from cheap plastic toys through to pretty much every lust-worthy gadget going, so sure, why the hell not have it make an army of cockroaches for everyone too, right? Read More >>

From the Inside Out: Everything You Need to Know About Mind Control

The term “mind control” conjures up visions of someone manipulating people from the outside, such as an evil, brainwashing scientist or a supernatural being that takes dominion of a person just with the power of his mind. But since people don’t experience this in their daily lives, most don’t believe in mind control, and think of it as just a fantasy, suitable only for books, games and movies. Read More >>

Flies See the World in Matrix-Style Slow Motion

If you've ever sat puzzling over a fly's ability to outmanoeuvre your swift slap of death almost every. single. time—puzzle no more. According to science, you're just measly Agent Smith to the bug's Neo; new research shows that a creature's perception of time is directly related to its size, meaning flies live in a world where time passes as if in slow motion. Read More >>

Pigeons and Insects Are On the Menu at Rentokil's Bizarre Pest Pop-Up Restaurant

Rentokil, the company best known for pest control (kill is in the name), is about to launch a one-day-only "Pestaurant" that'll serve things like sweet chilli pigeon burgers, wasabi weaver ants, BBQ grasshoppers, and chocolate dipped bugs, all free to anyone who wants 'em. Yuck. Read More >>

These Protein Bars Are Made of Crickets

If I had a truly sophisticated palate and open mind I wouldn't even blink when I read that there was cricket flour in my granola bar. But I am unrefined and simple. The idea of a cricket bar makes me simultaneously concerned and curious. For some reason I feel like "slow roasted and milled crickets" could be good. Read More >>

The Future of Food Is Insects, Apparently

As the population of the world balloons out of control, we're going to need a better, more abundant food source. Like everything else in the world, smaller is the answer, and when it comes to food, we're talking insects. How do you feel about eating bugs? Read More >>

The Artificial Insect Eye That Will Give Sight To Tiny Drones

Humans see the world through a pair of high resolution, single lens eyes that allow us to adjust focus and pinpoint fine details. But simpler creatures, like insects, instead rely on compound eyes that have lower resolution but offer a much wider distortion-free field-of-view that's actually better suited for lightning fast motion perception. And as researchers work towards designing autonomous drones that will behave like futuristic artificial bugs, it's only fitting that they also work to replicate how an insect sees.
Of course understanding and recreating Mother Nature has always been one of our biggest challenges, but a research project known as the Curvace believes it's created a prototype artificial compound eye that comes pretty damn close to the real thing. Composed of three separate layers including an array of microlenses sitting atop an array of photodetectors, the Curvace promises to provide drones with an incredibly wide field of vision that will allow the craft to navigate obstacles even in the dark of night. Read More >>

This Ad Gets Eaten Away By Bugs To Show the Dangers Of Crack Cocaine

In an attempt to illustrate the harmful effects of using crack cocaine, Talent, a Brazilian ad agency created a series of posters featuring images of addicts that are slowly eaten away and destroyed by Flour beetle larvae—or mealworms. Read More >>

Watch the World's Smallest Flying Robot Insect Take to the Sky

This little guy might not look much, but he's the world's smallest flying robotic insect — and he's taken 12 years to get into the air. Read More >>

This Camera Sees the World Like an Ant

With 180 separate imaging elements — each replicating the separate ommatidium, or "small eyes" which make up an insect's odd visual system — arranged over its surface, it works just like the eye of a fly or ant. That means it offers a wide field of view and virtually infinite depth of field. Read More >>


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