The case could be made that the original Volkswagen Beetle is the most iconic car ever made. Its modern versions, well... not so much. But as part of its big diesel emissions cheating penance, Volkswagen is making a massive push into electric cars. And that could return the Beetle to its roots in an unexpected way.
Available starting August 1 for $100, Lego’s new Volkswagen Beetle isn’t as large or complex as its Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But the company’s designers have worked hard to perfectly recreate the curves and contours of the car that help defined the ‘60s, even introducing new pieces to help replicate the Beetle’s iconic…
The Volkswagen Beetle isn't quite the same symbol of freedom today that it was back in the '60s, but that doesn't mean its iconic design—and the ideals it symbolized—has been forgotten. So the next time you're restless and feeling the need to just get up and travel, bring this VW Beetle toiletries case along because…
This robotically woven carbon-fiber pavilion imitates the structure of a beetle shell using weaving robots. The 538 square foot (50 square meters), 1307 pounds (593 kilograms) double-domed structure has web-like walls and ceilings that make it look as it was made by xenomorphs. This is how they made it.
The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for…
Mammals generally have evolved the same basic, boring way for males to fertilize an egg: just send a bunch of tiny individual sperm into the female reproductive organs. But in insects like the diving beetle, it gets way more insane.
When we imagine great predators like bears, lions, sharks, and the T. rex, they're generally just chowing down on whatever hapless animal wanders in front of them. But if beetles are anything to go by, predators have a surprisingly nutritious diet.
Rove beetles have come up with a truly novel way to ensure monogamy. After a male has mated with a female, he injects her with a chemical that makes her smell so bad that all other prospective suitors stay away.
From a strictly evolutionary perspective, there's no reason why female beetles should be promiscuous. Unlike males, taking on multiple partners won't allow females to spread their genes more widely, and too much sex can actual shorten the female beetle lifespan.
Seriously, watch. It's out of this world. The Epomis beetle can beat the laws of nature and actually kill a frog that's much, much bigger than it. Even more, the Epomis beetle's larvae can do the same—with an almost 100% success rate.
The predator-prey relationship between frogs and beetles seems like it would be pretty obvious doesn't it? Frog spots beetle, frog stealthily approaches beetle, frog eats beetle. Done, done and done.
If seed beetles aren't careful, wasps will invade their eggs and have their own young kill the beetle larvae for nutrients. But these beetles aren't taking the threat lying down - they've developed an ingenious strategy to fight back.
In the normal course of things, beetles will generally stick to eating insects, worms, and any dead meat it happens to come across. But if conditions are right, one species will kill and devour frogs many times its own size.
Swedish startup Nocturnal Vision thinks their new dung beetle inspired algorithm can be integrated into cellphone cameras to allow people to capture high-quality video in low-light environments. They've already got Toyota investing in the algorithm for automobile night vision systems.
The Air Force's Office of Scientific Research has funded a study that's found a novel waterproofing technique that could prevent ice formation and corrosion from damaging parts of an aircraft, like optical sensors. The transparent coating has a nanoporous surface that is superhydrophobic, which makes water droplets…
Uber-Review is promoting a neat feature it held way back in 2006, which shows ten of the craziest racers they could find on the old tubes. The list is a compilation of some of the vehicles we have seen before, but it is great to have them all in one place. Some of the speeding goodies include the Pac Man Car, Surface…