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Cyborg Cockroaches: How They Work

A tiny backpack turns a pest into a rescue robot<p>Disasters can bury survivors in unstable rubble. Finding those victims may one day fall to small robots--but living insects enhanced with electronic parts could do the same job sooner. In 2012, researchers at North Carolina State University steered …

6 vegetarian animals we never suspected would have a taste for blood

Not so cute and cuddly after all<p>Lorikeets are cute, colorful parrots that typically eat pollen and nectar. But some populations have also developed a taste for flesh. The species’ carnal appetite was discovered when a birdwatcher in Australia set out minced meat for omnivorous and carnivorous …

Roberto Saviano: My life under armed guard

As a young writer growing up in Caserta, a suburb of Naples, I felt myself getting more and more angry. There was a war going on between two mafia clans for control of the territory, and violence between them spilled into the streets. I wanted to tell the world what this war zone was like: the …

Crime

More tips and tricks for Google Chromecast

Use Guest mode<p>One of the new features added to the Chromecast this past year, this allows your friends to stream content from their Android device …

A-League heatwaves raises concerns over Qatar World Cup

With concerns being voiced about the potential dangers of staging the 2022 World Cup in the summer heat of Qatar, the Professional Footballers Australia chief executive, Adam Vivian, has questioned the decision to go ahead with an A-League game between Perth Glory and Adelaide United despite the …

FIFA World Cup

At CES And Beyond, It's The End Of The Car As We Know It

Apologies to REM for borrowing the band’s song title, but I’ve never been more convinced that the car is undergoing a dramatic transformation courtesy of technology. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas is the prime place to witness this metamorphosis of the …

A new scorpion found in Arizona has an intriguing way of carrying its young<p>Nine new species of scorpions have been discovered in Arizona in the past half-dozen years but many remain unknown to science, a reflection of the paucity of experts qualified to recognise them rather than any shortage of …

Nature

Alfredo Di Stefano, the most influential footballer of all time

Alfredo Di Stefano was unique. His career spanned eras which linked football’s yesteryear, its today and its tomorrow. Though he died last July his legacy stands supreme because, as a footballer, he was both of his time and ahead of his time.<p>Di Stefano knew it. He did not do false modesty. But, …

4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas For 2015

New Year’s resolutions are like traffic. As the driver, your focus is intent while trying to “get there;” you see others pass you by; you get held up at a red light that slows down progress. Distractions such as the radio, crazy drivers, cellphones (in some states) preclude you from focusing on the …

Guns, drugs and bandidos: inside the favela too violent for Rio’s armed police

“Yeah, I want to get out,” says Ricardo, 21. Then, relaxing, he takes the hand-grenade he has been toying with on his lap and places it amid the beer bottles on the table. In Vila Aliança in Bangu, western Rio, this is not particularly unusual behaviour.<p>Outsiders rarely come to this lawless favela …

Brazil

A New Pheromone Trap Could Be the Solution to Bedbugs

A bait and trap could be available as soon as next year<p>Bedbugs, the scourge of renters, were once nearly unheard of in the developed world. Thanks to a team at Simon Fraser University, that could be the case again.<p>Regine Gries and her team are testing out the use of pheromones – airborne hormones – …

Bedbugs

How insects could feed the world

At first, my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting chives placed on the plate as a final flourish. And then, I notice the eyes. Dark, …

Our year of remembrance has exaggerated the tragic futility of the first world war and preserved the dangerous idea that the second was noble and heroic<p>This year has been such a miserable and violent one in so many parts of the world that it can scarcely end too soon. But for many Europeans, it has …

Could A New Injectable Gel Save Lives On The Battlefield?

"There's always room for injectable hydrogel!"<p>Blood, as the vital and life-sustaining passageway through the body, has a strong incentive to flow as easily as possible -- in all cases except that of injury. With a cut or larger bleeding injury, platelets rush to the opening, part of the body’s …

Are old fairy stories too scary for kids?

The folk tales of old prepare a child for life<p>Moving house, stacking books in boxes, I came across a clutch of fairy books, Andrew Lang’s folk tales from around the world in their coloured cloth covers: yellow, brown, red, grey, blue. I picked up ‘yellow’, opened the cover and fell down a wormhole, …

Super efficient perovskites are dazzling solar cell researchers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Courtesy of University of Oxford Press Department, Flickr Creative Commons<p>There’s a lot of excitement about a class of …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

How You Could Use Your Own Thoughts to Control Your Gene Expression

By marrying optogenetics with brain-computer interfaces, scientists invent a way to use a person's thoughts to control an implant that regulates gene expression.<p><i>Wirelessly powered implant on the field generator with an illuminated LED. A Swiss coin for scale. Credit: Marc Folcher - ETH …

The Brain

A Brief History Of Stephen Hawking

A new film tells the story of how the great scientist transformed the field of cosmology while fighting a degenerative disease.<p>Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest scientists ever--comparable to Darwin, Einstein, and Newton. Yet few people know the story of his life. In a new biopic, <i>The Theory of</i> …

Where Do Genitals Come From?

Scientists discover the embryonic origins of the phallus<p>Whence your phallus? You probably have one—the term includes clitorises as well as penises—and, until now, scientists had never examined which cells in an embryo make it.<p>In biology, that's unusual. Tracking which embryonic cells become what …

Eight million rats in New York? Not even close, a new study says

Are there really 8 million rats living among the 8 million humans of New York City?<p>If you find that particular urban myth hard to believe, it seems you may be right. A study published in Significance, a publication of the Royal Statistical Society, finds that the number of rats scurrying around the …

Cockroaches: The insect we're programmed to fear

Why are we so revolted by roaches? Rachel Nuwer visits her own personal insect hell to find out, and discovers a disturbing truth about our future with these creatures.<p>What’s your earliest memory? For me, the answer is not pleasant.<p>I’m about four years old, and I’m sitting in the green-carpeted …

Insects

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they …

Drunk your water? Now eat the bottle it came in

Edible water container made of gelatinous membranes has been likened in appearance to a jellyfish or a breast implant<p>An edible “water ball” designed to replace plastic water bottles has been shortlisted as one of five ideas that could radically change the world.<p>The product, named “Ooho!”, consists …

Why mosquitoes bite some people and not others

Science explains one of life’s great mysteries. Plus! A natural remedy to keep you insect-free all summer<p>Jill Richardson<p>July 1, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky …