All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘insects’

World’s Largest Flying Aquatic Insect Found in China

The world’s largest flying aquatic insect has been identified in China’s Sichuan province, according to entomologists in the region. The Insect Museum of West China said that villagers from Chengdu presented what they called “weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth,” earlier this month. Several of the bugs were examined by museum staff, and were found to be …

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Pillage Ant Subdues Slaves Via “Chemical Camouflage”

Need a break from hearing about man’s inhumanity against man? Fair enough. In lieu, let’s take a moment to observe just how brutal other sentient creatures are capable of being to one another. For example, take the new ant species recently discovered in the northeastern forest floors of the Unites States. Despite its length of one tenth of an inch …

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Crazy Ants That Destroy Electronics Invade The U.S.

Ants are some of the most annoying insects in the animal kingdom. Want to have a picnic? Sorry, ants are gonna invade your food. Wanna sit on that stump? Sorry, some fire ants are going to make your life a living hell. Now it seems that ants are gunning for something even worse – our electronic devices. ABC News reports …

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Maria Sibylla Merian Google Doodle Comes To The U.S.

As previously reported, Google began showing a doodle in honor of naturalist and illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian in parts of the world where it was already April 2nd. Now that the date has changed in the rest of the world, including here in the U.S., the doodle has made it to a larger audience, putting Google in the spotlight once …

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100,000 Killer Bees Attack Tampa Park Workers

The ABC New affiliate in Tampa Bay, Florida is reporting that two public park workers were attacked by as many as 100,000 Africanized honeybees – also known as killer bees. The report states that two park employees were removing a pile of rubbish from Picnic Island Park using a payloader when the attack occurred. The pair flipped over an old …

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This Robot Roach Gives Cheetah Robot A Run For Its Money

I was just thinking that cockroaches needed to be faster. And robotic. Here’s a look at a new robotic cockroach from UC Berkley. It’s called the VelociRoACH. According to Wired, it reaches speeds of 2.7 meters per second (compared to cockroaches, which get up to 1.5 meters per second), making it the second fastest legged robot, after this guy. More …

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For $99, You Can Buy Your Very Own Robotic Dragonfly

Big robots are scary. Just take one look at any of the large robots that populate our world, and you’re bound to find one that will invade your nightmares. What may be even scarier, however, are the tiny robots that can go undetected. Robotic researchers at the University of Georgia have built the next tiny nightmarish robot. It’s in the …

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Flickr Helps Scientists Discover New Species Of Insect

I always thought that we knew everything there ever was to know about insects. They’re everywhere and they’re not exactly hard to find. Where would we ever find new species? A Flickr user, Hock Ping Guek, took some pictures of an insect, but only found out later that he had discovered an entirely new species. A scientific report recently came …

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Termites Workers Become Suicide Bombers In Old Age

I hope you never have the unfortunate experience of owning a house that’s infested with termites. The little buggers are hard to kill and they can eat through wood like nothing else. Need I mention that they are also pretty high on the “Kill it with fire” scale of terrifying insects. Well, it seems that scientists have found one more …

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Mutant Mosquito Leaves Florida Keys Residents Scared

Mutant Mosquito: The name itself injects fear into my heart. For whatever reason, whether it be genetics or an old gypsy curse, I attract mosquitoes like nobody else. I dread summer, especially if I’m going to Florida. The mosquitoes there are huge and they might get worse if residents’ fears prove true. A British company, Oxitec, is wanting to release …

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50,000 Bees in Home: Photojournalist Finds Enormous Hive in His House

Finding 50,000 bees in your home sounds like something straight out of poorly-scripted nightmare, though apparently such an incident took place inside photojournalist Larry Chen’s California house not too long ago. Since Chen spends quite a bit of his time on the road, he wasn’t aware of just how extreme the problem had become. According to ABC News, Larry began …

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