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

Cyborg Cockroaches Could Be Used To Save Trapped Humans

Controlling cockroaches with electrical 'backpacks' is one of those science experiments that's simultaneously quite cool and ethically grey. What might make you feel better, though, is the knowledge that those remote-controlled cockroaches may save your life if you ever get trapped inside a burning building. » 11/07/14 12:08am 11/07/14 12:08am

I've never seen macroscopic images as incredibly sharp as these ones

This is a blister beetle photographed with a Macropod—"a low cost, portable, three-dimensional imaging solution" that allows scientists to break the depth of field limitations typical of macro photography by taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single ultra-sharp image using software. » 10/20/14 2:29pm 10/20/14 2:29pm

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

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