You probably already know male black widow spiders are risking their lives when they go courting—but it’s actually worse than that. They face tough competition for the “honor” of mating. Once a virgin black widow female puts up a pheromone-laden mating web, males run in from all around to try their luck.
The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible?
Insects with nightmarish spiky penises that can harm their mates are really nothing new. But a new study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has determined that given the right conditions, wielding a nightmarish spiky penis could also harm a different species.
Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because holy shit, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. The EU’s new lawsuit against the search giant brings up larger issues.
It's no secret that I'm an Android guy. I worked for two years at an Android-focused site and I own multiple devices with "Nexus" in the name. Still, I couldn't be happier about Apple's announcements yesterday. Why? Because what Apple does affects us all.
What separates a social network from a messaging application? The EU is about to find out, having sent a 70-page long questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook to work out if its WhatsApp purchase is legit in terms of competition law.
If you're looking for one clear, real-world example of why Comcast and Time Warner Cable shouldn't be allowed to merge, let it be this: in one of the few areas of the country where the two cable giants face legitimate competition, they're actually upping their speeds.
Someone at Instagram has a slippery trigger finger: Some Instagram for Android users are reporting links posted to a "one tap photo messaging app" called Bolt. It sounds an awful lot like a very popular photo-sharing app not owned by Facebook that rhymes with "App Hat."
The second annual Architizer A+ Awards are open and awaiting submissions from designers and architects around the world.
The world has changed in countless ways since Buckminster Fuller invented the Dymaxion map in 1943. Wars have come and gone, populations have changed, and entire generations have passed. But Bucky's map endures, thanks to its endless adaptability—and to prove it, the Buckminster Fuller Institute recently invited the…
EU competition police have handed Microsoft an enormous $730m fine, after the software giant admitted that a "technical error" saw new Windows machines arriving without the option to choose a default web browser.
Left-handers aren't very common. In fact , they only represent about 10 percent of the human population. But a new study suggests that the reason lefties are in the minority isn't anything suspect—rather, it boils down to the fact that the human race cooperate more than they compete.
Every year, Nikon's Small World in Motion Competition rounds up the best microscopic videos from scientists across the world. The results are strange but beautiful, and the winner will make you think about your breakfast in a completely different light.Some of the other entries are worth a watch, too. Scooping…
How much can you say in a single second? Not a lot, sure. But the One-Second Film Festival proves video can convey a whole slew of emotions in that length of time. And it damn-near made me blubber.
Everybody freaked out when Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 bil, because they though that was the end of Android's openness, and Motorola would get the love of the favorite child. Google's Chairman just put the official kibosh on that.
There's not much Google loves more than playing in other people's sandboxes. Like a Walmart built entirely of zeros and ones, once the behemoth moves into your town, you're officially f*cked. Here's how they do it, and why it matters.
According to PC Mag, Apple was just awarded a major patent that could affect the entire smartphone market. More than three years after filing for it, Apple now has the patent on
capacitive touchscreen technology
certain touchscreen behaviors. Good for them. Potentially bad for everybody else. Updated.
"Windows Phone 7 is the most aggressively different, fresh approach to a phone interface since the iPhone." We published those words half a year ago, hoping WP7 would be a radical firebrand in phone land. But it's stalled. We're disappointed.