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Philips urban beehive lets apartment dwellers harvest fresh honey

February 26th, 2014 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Urban beehive Philips has just unveiled an innovative urban beehive that enables anyone to harvest fresh hone at home. The pod-like accessory attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass, and once secured, you’ll be able to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the […]

Scientists attach tiny sensors to bees to study decline in colonies

January 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

Honey bee with sensor. Scientists in Australia have devised a way to pinpoint the causes of the global die-off of bees that pollinate a third of the world’s crops: Attach tiny sensors to 5,000 honey bees, and follow where they fly.

Since monitoring emails and phone calls wasn’t enough, NSA now plans to watch you with super tiny drones

November 6th, 2013 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

Black Hornet Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.    

Florida to test drones in the battle against mosquitoes

August 22nd, 2013 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

Drone packing a shortwave infrared camera to find the pools where larvae are Mosquitoes are a big problem that plagues the world.  We have recently seen a sticker that will render the wearer invisible to mosquitoes.  Now, Florida, the paradise of marshy wetlands i.e. mosquito breeding grounds, is gearing up for an experiment involving aerial drones […]

Farm 432: A kitchen appliance that lets you breed insects for food

August 1st, 2013 at 9:47 am » Comments Off

Farm 432 Insect Breeding device. The Farm 432 Insect Breeding device is a self-contained black soldier fly habitat that allows the flies to breed and produce up to about a pound of larvae a week, which you will then eat. Mmmmm, black soldier fly larvae. (Photos)

The Kite patch makes you invisible to mosquitoes

July 30th, 2013 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Everyone hates mosquitoes, and the market is flooded with products aimed at getting you rid of the nuisance. A new product, the Kite patch claims to contain natural ingredients that, when worn, make you undetectable to the insects for 48 hours. Better yet, it doesn’t have to be worn on the skin, but will work […]

Silk Pavillion: ’3D printed’ structures created from silkworms

June 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am » Comments Off

We think of 3-D printers as desktop machines.  But Silk Pavillion, a new, stunning piece of architecture by the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab brings all of those assumptions into question.    

Insect-eating is the future of food

June 10th, 2013 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Insects may be the food of the future. In Western societies, eating insects is considered disgusting or even primitive. But 2 billion people elsewhere consume insects on a regular basis.  According to a report released last month by the UN, the benefits of using insects as food is so great that it is high time […]

World’s smallest flying robot takes off

May 7th, 2013 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

A robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile maneuvers of the ubiquitous insects has been created bu scientists in the United States. This “robo-fly”, built from carbon fiber, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic “muscles” to power its wings.    

Russian artist makes collages from butterfly wings

January 11th, 2013 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Since he was a child, Russian artist Vadim Zaritsky has loved and collected butterflies. He knows many other collectors and it saddened him to see them throw away damaged butterfly bodies. Then he found a creative way of recycling them. Zaritsky uses the wings to make collages: (Pics)  

Assassin bug carries victims on its back to fend off enemies

May 7th, 2012 at 12:33 pm » Comments (0)

Assassin bug The assassin bug is less than a centimeter in length and that is something for which, quite possibly, we can be truly grateful! The bug is found in Malaysia and has a trick up its sleeve once it has finished its dinner. It attaches the empty carcases of its victims on its back […]

Use of common pesticide, Imidacloprid, linked to Bee Colony Collapse

April 5th, 2012 at 10:51 pm » Comments (0)

Imidacloprid is in a lot of commonly used products. The likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee colonies since 2006 is imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)…

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