kevan + insects   46

A vast 4,000-year-old spatial pattern of termite mounds: Current Biology
"Each mound is composed of approximately 50 cubic meters of soil that required the excavation of over 10 km3 of earth, equivalent to ∼4000 great pyramids of Giza — making this the greatest known example of ecosystem engineering by a single insect species."
insects  history  architecture  emergence  via:zarba 
8 weeks ago by kevan
Wildlife confused by polarised light pollution - environment - 08 January 2009 - New Scientist
"To animals tuned to distinguish polarised light and use it as an environmental cue, "these objects look more like water than water," he says. "Even when given the choice between water and human-made surfaces, some insects prefer to lay their eggs on – and settle near – the latter.""
light  pollution  insects  illusions 
may 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Cyborg search-and-rescue insects' power source unveiled
"The engineers ultimately decided to attach two of the spiral beams to each beetle's thorax. The end of each coil extended out to touch a hardened part of the insect's body close to its wing base where it could pick up energy."
insects  robots  technology 
november 2011 by kevan
This Is a Mosquito Getting Killed By a Laser - Gizmodo
Tracking mosquito movement and burning their wings off with a pinpoint laser. "The idea behind the 'Death Star' laser is that it could be used to control mosquito populations in developing countries in hopes of reducing the number of deaths due to malaria."
insects  light  death  pestilence  technology  via:waxy 
february 2010 by kevan
Phenomenica: Honeybees can serve as bodyguards to plants
"These sensory hairs are not fine-tuned. Therefore, caterpillars cannot distinguish between hunting wasps and harmless bees."
bees  wasps  insects  plants  sound 
march 2009 by kevan
Wingless Fruitflies | Carnivorous Plant Nursery
"Wingless fruit flies are a natural genetic variation of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. They will remain wingless as long as they are kept in plugged containers and only allowed to breed with other wingless fruit flies. [...] The fruit flies are easily sprinkled into the traps for quick, natural feeding."
insects  plants  genetics  food 
december 2008 by kevan
Dragonfly trick makes missiles harder to dodge - 28 June 2003 - New Scientist
"Insects that use this technique sneak up on their prey in a way that makes them seem stationary even though they are in fact moving closer. They do this by keeping themselves positioned between a fixed point in the landscape and their prey."
insects  illusions  war  weapons  technology 
december 2008 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Fly's brain 'senses swat threat'
"Within 100 milliseconds of spotting the swatter they can position their centre of mass in the right way so that a simple extension of their legs propels them away from any threat. "
insects  death  brains  air  limbs 
september 2008 by kevan
Zombie cockroaches revived by brain shot - life - 30 November 2007 - New Scientist
"[Libersat] injected [wasp-paralysed] cockroaches with candidate chemicals that resembled various neurotransmitters in the brain. [...] One of the drugs, a mimic of the neurotransmitter octopamine, succeeded in bringing the roaches back to life."
insects  brains  science  zombies  medicine  necrotech  via:mattgreen 
november 2007 by kevan
Why Not Eat Insects? - Vincent M. Holt
A pamphlet of oversimplified 19th century vagueness, endlessly repeating how Holt ate some particular delicious insect in the Colonies once, and if it's good enough for the Arabs and Hottentots, maybe England's poor could be persuaded to eat them as well.
booklog  insects  food  society 
june 2007 by kevan
Seven Deadly Colours: The Genius of Nature's Palette and How It Eluded Darwin - Andrew Parker
Seven different colours in nature, seven different mechanisms of colour generation, and seven predator-fooling examples of why eyes aren't so perfectly evolved after all. Good worldview-changing science, with some nice flourishes.
booklog  evolution  light  paint  illusions  birds  frogs  fish  insects 
june 2007 by kevan
Mike Libby - Insect Lab
"Insect Lab is an artist operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components."
insects  robots  technology  art  mutation 
december 2006 by kevan
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
"The upshot of all this is that Mothra is going to have to add a lot of tracheal tubes to maintain a sufficient oxygen supply."
monsters  films  science  physics  octopuses  ants  apes  insects  via:joshua 
september 2006 by kevan
Animal Controlled Computer Games: Playing Pac-Man against Real Crickets
"The cricket's new skin was very light, and therefore it did not get detected by our colour tracking anymore. We now had a cricket which could freely walk around in our maze, not getting detected by our system, which was still tracking its old skin."
games  insects  technology  skin  maze 
july 2006 by kevan
Marketing Post »Beta» Pazarlama Hakkında her sey
Small cockroach-shaped flyers for a pest control company, to be pushed under doors. "See how easy it is to get into your house?"
advertising  insects  camrad  via:hoaxes 
july 2006 by kevan
Bug Crush
"Evil bugs have hidden among the good bugs!" Game of Zarba's, arising from a conversation we were having about player expectations.
games  emergence  insects 
march 2006 by kevan
Cockroach Control System (via psychological manipulation)
"The basic stamp sends TTL signals to a uLN2803 chip which amplifies the current enough to contract a nitinol (shape memory alloy) strand. The contracting nitinol strand flips open one of two flaps which hang on either side of the cockroach's antennae."
insects  technology  programming 
march 2006 by kevan
The Loom: The Wisdom of Parasites
"The wasp does not paralyze the cockroach. In fact, the roach is able to lift up its front legs again and walk. But now it cannot move of its own accord. The wasp takes hold of one of the roach's antennae and leads it [to its burrow to feed its young]."
wasps  insects  evolution  brains  via:plasticbag 
february 2006 by kevan
National Zoo - Edible Insects
"Ramos-Elorduy suggests there are no fewer than 34 reasons to explore insects as a food source, including their impressive nutritive value, easy breeding in captivity, and high biomass."
insects  food 
january 2006 by kevan
Video in the News: Bees Battle "Hornets From Hell"
Short documentary clip of Japanese honeybees doing their surrounding-and-overheating thing against an invading hornet scout.
bees  insects  war  videos  fire 
october 2005 by kevan
New Insight Into How Flies Fly
"Flies and other dipterans (insects within the family that includes houseflies, hoverflies, and fruit flies), are capable of making rapid 90-degree turns, called saccades, at 'extraordinary' speeds, says Dickinson, less than 50-thousandths of a second."
air  insects 
october 2005 by kevan
Tricks of the Trade: Housekeeper
"Want to clean the gunked up grill on your bar-b-que pit? Put it on an ant bed for a day. Fire ants work best. Ants will get any container or utensil clean as a whistle."
insects  food  cutlery  bones 
september 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Buzzers fail to halt mosquitoes, warns Which?
"There is no conclusive evidence to prove that the female mosquito can even hear." [...] "In all 18 products were tested six times, with an expert locked in a sealed room with 30 mosquitoes."
insects  sound  advertising  lies  technology  scams 
september 2005 by kevan
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools - Bugzooka
A suction-based, humane spider-catcher. "Just cock the bellows on your hip, point the extendable end to within an inch or two of the offending insect, thumb the trigger, and FWOOP!, insect magically gone."
insects  spiders  technology  police  via:yoz 
july 2005 by kevan
Flashlights on Nature - Grant Allen
Wonderful random-interesting-aspects-of-nature book from 1899; spider-webs and butcher birds, all written in a breezily enthusiastic and anthropomorphic tone, if inevitably dated: "The morals of spiders are scarcely better than those of Chinamen."
booklog  plants  spiders  birds  insects 
may 2005 by kevan
New Scientist: Killer tree-ants snare prey in gruesome traps
"The ants are always hiding just under the holes, waiting with their mandibles open. When an insect arrives they immediately grab the legs and antennae [...] stretching it out as though being tortured on a mediaeval rack."
ants  death  construction  plants  insects  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan
PhysOrg: Researchers use laser light to remote control flies
"The remote control is based on the idea that specific nerve cells could be equipped with molecular 'receivers' that allow them to recognize an outside signal like a laser light pulse and translate that signal into [...] nerve-cell activity."
insects  technology  brains  science  light 
april 2005 by kevan
The Times: The robot infiltrator that will lure pests to their doom
Pest control as an inverted game of Lemmings. "If the robots go to the light shelter, cockroaches follow - the desire for companionship proving stronger than the need for dark."
cheating  illusions  insects  light  robots 
november 2004 by kevan | Beetles used to make Smarties
I'd assumed they were entirely synthetic these days, but Nestle still use crushed cochineal insects to make Smarties red.
food  insects 
november 2004 by kevan
Sandia MEMS: Image Gallery
Microscopic photography of spider mites crawling over nanotech. Or building it, or battling it to the death. Who knows.
insects  nano  photos  technology 
october 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | 'Deadly ladybird' sighted in UK
Foreign ladybird species breach our perimeter, outcompeting rival insects and bruising fruit. "Dr Majerus believes there is still time to save the UK from a full invasion." But I bet he's secretly an orchestrating supervillain.
insects  war 
october 2004 by kevan
Front Design
Organically designed furniture and ornaments, including a rabbit-tunnel lamp and fly-orbit lampshade.
design  emergence  furniture  insects  light 
september 2004 by kevan - Dead pigs help forensic experts
"Adams's colleague Amoret Brandt is now busily depositing dead piglets in and around London - in woodlands, open pastures, inside deserted offices and on rooftops."
death  insects  london  pigs  police  science 
september 2004 by kevan
MSNBC - Smelly robot eats flies to generate its own power
Dissolving the sugar molecules from their tiny exoskeletons. "One of the great things about flies is that you can get them to come to you."
bones  electricity  insects  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
Vonnegut's Eight Rules of Creative Writing
"To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages."
books  insects  vonnegut  writing 
september 2004 by kevan
Yahoo News: Australian scientists turn to insect swarms for new generation weapons
"We want to give them an overall goal, as in carrying out surveillance of a region, but you don't want to tell every one of a thousand different vehicles exactly what to do."
emergence  insects  robots  war  weapons 
august 2004 by kevan
Telegraph | National History Museum recruits flesh-eaters
"The half-inch Dermestes maculatus beetles have the grisly task of stripping animal carcases to skeletons."
bones  insects 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Bluetooth flying bot creates buzz
"Weighing in at 12.3g, the FR-II is wireless, has Bluetooth and its own battery on board, unlike its precursor, and takes and sends images."
insects  robots  surveillance  technology 
august 2004 by kevan
Macro pictures Photo Gallery by Duncan at
Wonderful close-up photos of various bees and insects.
bees  insects  photos 
august 2004 by kevan
The New York Times > Phenomenon: The Roach That Failed
The rise and fall and rise of the cockroach. "...while roaches have still not developed resistance to hydramethylnon, even after 20 years of heavy use, some have evolved to avoid bait containing certain sugars or additives."
evolution  insects  war 
july 2004 by kevan
Engadget - A new summer pastime: the virtual bughunt
"The child gets a butterfly net with an RFID tag in it and has to hunt for placards with pictures of insects on them."
barcodes  children  games  insects 
july 2004 by kevan
Periodical Cicada Emergence Maps
Mapped by eastern-US state, for the next 13 years.
evolution  history  insects  maps 
may 2004 by kevan
"Brood X" Cicadas Awaken
"As they paused, their exoskeletons darkened from off-white to black. The veins in their wings turned amber. Their eyes stayed red."
evolution  insects 
may 2004 by kevan
The Infected Stand United
Infertility-diseased Breedster bugs decide to make disease-spreading their game objective instead, zombie style. With crass AIDS references.
games  insects  meta  pestilence  society  zombies 
april 2004 by kevan
Breedster - about
Strange ASCII-art genetic-insect social software. Any spare eggs out there?
games  genetics  insects  society  web 
april 2004 by kevan

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