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 Friday 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

Citronella Ink Helps This Clever Newspaper Keep Mosquitoes At Bay

In some parts of the world a mosquito bite is a minor inconvenience that might result in a few days of uncomfortable itching. In other parts, though, the pests spread deadly diseases like malaria and dengue fever. So for the 2014 World Health Day, ad agency Leo Burnett created the world's first mosquito-repelling… » 6/25/14 9:23am 6/25/14 9:23am

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 11:13pm 6/24/14 11:13pm

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. » 4/02/14 1:00pm 4/02/14 1:00pm

This time lapse of fireflies is art in motion

If you've been stressing out or if you're getting swamped at work or if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, here's how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that's what you call them) paint the world… » 3/26/14 10:48pm 3/26/14 10:48pm

Plants Engineered To Produce Insect Perfume Could Act As Pesticides

Swedish and American researchers have successfully engineered plants to produce chemical attractants like those released by insects to find mates. They say their plant factories could be used to lure and trap nuisance bugs as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides and synthetically produced attractants. » 3/06/14 6:40pm 3/06/14 6:40pm

Staring at these spiders straight in the eyes is sucking my soul away

I can't do it. These photographs by photographer Jimmy Kong are absolutely fantastic in capturing the venomous detail of spiders in their habitat. They look positively alien and almost peaceful. But don't you dare think that. Not for a second. Because once you think these fur ball mini aliens come in peace, the… » 1/23/14 10:08pm 1/23/14 10:08pm

Badass spider uses insect corpses to make a giant spider design decoy

Like in Game of Thrones, where the Iron Throne was forged from the swords of all the enemies Aegon the Conqueror defeated, this Cyclosa spider uses its dead enemies' bodies to build a big fake spider decoy design to sit on. Seriously, the spider uses its victim's insect corpses to construct a larger spider-shaped… » 1/21/14 9:42pm 1/21/14 9:42pm

Stolen Ferrets, Fluorescent Fish, and the Upside of Cold

What a weird week for weather, huh? On earth, it was so cold that Canada got frostquakes. In space, a massive solar flare sent so many particles hurtling toward us that northern lights were visible outside of the Arctic circle. Here are some landscape reads for this week, taking you under the sea and deep inside of… » 1/13/14 4:40pm 1/13/14 4:40pm

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… » 1/03/14 12:00pm 1/03/14 12:00pm