The Forgotten Era: When Bed Bugs Were Tested for Combat in Vietnam

In 2004, Brooke Borel got bed bugs in New York. Then she experienced them again in 2009—twice in two different apartments. Because of those experiences, which were part of a widespread bed bug resurgence in the US, Borel, a science journalist, decided to explore why the bugs were back. This excerpt is one of many… » 4/27/15 11:00am 4/27/15 11:00am

Staring into the eyes of these bugs is like staring into an alien's soul

I didn’t expect it to be, but staring straight into the eyes of these fascinating bugs is chilling. The clear, close up shots of their heads and the incredible, foreign detail of their eyes and bodies makes them seem like they’re not a part of this world. I mean, you could totally convince me that these are aliens. » 4/24/15 10:03am 4/24/15 10:03am

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 6:24pm 12/02/14 6:24pm

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 10:02am 11/25/14 10:02am

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 2:23pm 10/06/14 2:23pm

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. » 9/26/14 1:33am 9/26/14 1:33am

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