Watch Out For This Text That Kills Chrome on a Mac

Do not click on the link in the next paragraph if you are using Chrome on a Mac. Or you can, but it will immediately cause the tab that the link opens in to crash. The page contains a special string of 13 characters, which make Chrome for Mac go haywire. » 3/20/15 3:50pm 3/20/15 3:50pm

Microsoft Has Patched FREAK on Windows PCs

Last week, it came to light that the decades-old FREAK security flaw affected every version of Windows. Now, a day after Apple, Microsoft has released patches for PCs running its operating system. » 3/11/15 4:50am 3/11/15 4:50am

Raspberry Pi 2 Loses Its Shit When You Blast It With a Camera Flash

One user of the newly available Raspberry Pi 2 computer has discovered a pretty weird flaw with the new hardware: If you shoot the cheapy computer with a camera flash, it shuts right the hell down. » 2/09/15 2:25pm 2/09/15 2:25pm

The bugs on a single NYC median can eat 14 pounds of food per year 

Bugs and rats have lived for centuries in a deadlocked battle for the title of Worst Pest in NYC, but the scientists behind a new study may have just dealt bug fans a decisive victory by proving how urban insects are our friends—or, more specifically, our garbage . » 12/02/14 6:21pm 12/02/14 6:21pm

The Worst Bugs in Android 5.0 Lollipop and How to Fix Them

Android 5.0 Lollipop is now upon us, and while you might be rejoicing at all the new features you can take advantage of, you might also be cursing at the state that the new OS has left your device in. We've rounded up the most common Lollipop issues so far, together with the fixes you can try to get your gadgets… » 11/25/14 10:00am 11/25/14 10:00am

Dropbox Has Deleted a Bunch of User Files From the Cloud

Bad news for some people who only live on the cloud: Dropbox has confirmed that a bug in some older version of its dekstop app has deleted user files from the cloud. » 10/13/14 6:00am 10/13/14 6:00am

This mantis eating a fly alive is so damn gross but I watched it all

[To the Rolling Stones' I Miss You] Look that mantis eat a fly/ You'll never she her cry/ Lord I hate you. Mother Nature she's the Ma'am/ She just doesn't give a damn/ She will kill you. » 10/10/14 11:53pm 10/10/14 11:53pm

Some museums have flesh-eating beetles on staff to clean off skeletons

An animal skeleton is made up of hundreds of tiny bones, many of which are too fragile to be handled by human hands. That's why many osteology departments at museums have a special team exclusively devoted to the careful cleaning of these specimens: A colony of millions of flesh-eating beetles. » 10/06/14 1:15pm 10/06/14 1:15pm

Update OS X Now to Fix the Shellshock Vulnerability

Good news, Mac users. Apple just released an update for OS X that fixes a security flaw in the Bash UNIX shell. This is the part of the software that's vulnerable to the Shellshock bug uncovered last week. And although the vulnerability only affects a small number of Mac users, a fix is certainly welcome. » 9/29/14 5:50pm 9/29/14 5:50pm

Seeing an ant drink water from up close is pretty fascinating

I don't know why I'm so mesmerized. Maybe because the ant looks positively alien from up close. Or maybe because I wish I could suck out and deflate the water I drink like a balloon letting out air instead of having to pour it in me like fuel. Whatever it is, it sure makes for a nice GIF. » 9/25/14 10:38pm 9/25/14 10:38pm

These Decoy Insects Zap the Nasty Bugs That Try to Mate With Them

As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on. » 9/15/14 8:11pm 9/15/14 8:11pm

Apple Needs a Bug Bounty Program

Twitter just launched a bug bounty program. That's a smart move, and it's a move Apple should watch. Any big tech company that offers software should also offer a bug bounty program to protect it. Now is the perfect time to understand the value of giving hackers a reason to help. » 9/05/14 1:29pm 9/05/14 1:29pm

Watch ants work together beautifully to bring food home

It's always incredible to see ants work as a team by stringing their bodies together like a rope to pull something much heavier back home. It looks a lot like what us humans would do when we're trying to move something big. Ants, they're just like us! » 8/29/14 8:48pm 8/29/14 8:48pm

This gross glob is actually thousands of larvae swarming together

What's more gross than a fungus gnat larva? Thousands of fungus gnat larva swarming together to look like a giant blob snake. From afar, it just looks like a rotten log or snake trying to slide by on the sidewalk but when you get up close, the horror, the horror. » 8/28/14 11:51pm 8/28/14 11:51pm

​Sharpening Blowgun Darts On Piranha Teeth

In part one of this series, Laurel C. Allen heads into the Peruvian Amazon in search of science. What she finds are big bugs, dragon's blood and pisco sours. » 8/15/14 10:01am 8/15/14 10:01am

These scorpions are probably hiding in your bookcase

If you have old vintage books, you may have some book scorpions in your bookcase. Actually, you really should want to have them, even if they look scary and gross. Book scorpions protect your old books—they love to munch on the book lice that eat the glue which holds old books together. » 7/10/14 2:06pm 7/10/14 2:06pm

Drawing lines with a pen can magically control bugs

I've always wondered what some bugs are actually aware of. Can they see what's happening above them? Do they realize when we're screwing with them? Or can they only make 2D decisions in a 3D world? Like this guy shepherding a bug on a piece of paper by just drawing lines with a pen. The bug sees obstacles pop out of… » 7/07/14 11:07pm 7/07/14 11:07pm

This video explainer makes a very convincing argument to eat bugs

Before I watched this video by the whip smart guys at AsapScience, I never considered eating bugs in my entire life. Now? Well. Damn. It actually makes a lot of sense. Raising bugs doesn't take nearly as much space as raising animals and it doesn't require the same amount of resources either. Heck, bugs may even be… » 6/24/14 11:12pm 6/24/14 11:12pm

How and Why Your Computer Crashes

Despite technology constantly improving, there's one eternal truth in computing: your computer can and will crash, probably at the most inconvenient point. But why is that? And why is it still a problem? » 6/16/14 4:30am 6/16/14 4:30am

How to Take Eye-Popping Pictures of Tiny Bugs