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  • August 11, 2014
    In what's sure to become the latest dieting craze, scientists have discovered that the bite from a Lone Star tick can actually make a person allergic to red meat. Dammit, why can't it make me allergic to salad? Then I could eat everything else on my plate and my mom would sti... / Continue →
  • August 8, 2014
    ZORAK?! This is a video of a semi-transparent glass mantis gnawing on a blue bottle fly. You can see the pieces of the fly traveling through the mantis's body as it's digested. Eventually, those pieces will become doodoo. And that dookie will fertilize the earth, eventually... / Continue →
  • July 28, 2014
    This is a deep fried tarantula served up by the The Bug Chef (aka David George Gordon), a man who travels around cooking bugs and speaking about the benefits of eating insects. Now, not to sound too progressive or anything, but I've actually eaten spiders before. IN MY SLEEP.... / Continue →
  • July 22, 2014
    This is the giant dobsonfly, the current record holder for largest flying aquatic insect. They can measure almost 8.5-inches across. For reference, that is 8-inches entirely too large for my liking. Large enough to cover the face of a human adult, this scary-looking insect i... / Continue →
  • May 29, 2014
    This is a series of photographs from University of Pennsylvania biology professor Daniel Janzen of a species of caterpillar in Costa Rica (and other Central American countries) that has a realistic looking snake's head on its underside. Plus it will actually try to strike like... / Continue →
  • April 22, 2014
    HIYO, female insect peen coming at ya! This is a closeup of a Brazilian cave insect in which male and female sex organs are reversed. The males have vaginas and the females, big ol' penises (for an insect). The male still produces the sperm though, the female just dips her p... / Continue →
  • April 16, 2014
    Because why not accidentally create undying killer mutants, scientits (from now on that's what we're calling scientists doing things we don't approve of) recently injected cockroaches with DNA nanobots capable of unraveling themselves and delivering drugs. Wait -- drug deliver... / Continue →
  • April 8, 2014
    This is a small series of tattoos that appear 3-D. There's this spider, a butterfly and a ladybug, as well as a couple that make it look like the person's skin is peeling off to reveal something else underneath. I thought the treasure map one like that was pretty cool. Besi... / Continue →
  • April 1, 2014
    So it's April Fools' Day and my inbox is jam-packed with fake stories people either think are real or are trying to trick me into posting. I've been sifting through them all morning. The only April Fools' prank worth pulling involves faking your own death. So unless you're w... / Continue →
  • February 14, 2014
    These are the Insect Pushpins available from CB2. $10 gets you two mosquitoes and two ants. For reference, that's $2.50 apiece, or more than 250x what I'm comfortable paying for a pushpin. Still, they look cool. I just wish I was at a place in my life where I could afford n... / Continue →
  • January 17, 2014
    This is a set of vintage porcelain dinnerware handpainted with realistic looking ants by German artist Evelyn Bracklow (links to her Etsy store where you can buy some for a fortune). I am going to throw THE BEST tea party with these. Will you come? Please promise me you'll c... / Continue →
  • December 23, 2013
    This is a short video about the physics of fire ant movement produced by The New York Times. When poured through a funnel, the ants flow like a liquid. When a ball of them is pressed down, they act like an elastic solid. When a jarful is poured on the crotch of an enemy, tha... / Continue →
  • December 12, 2013
    This is a video of the proprietor of Anthill Art pouring molten aluminum down a fire ant mound to cast the shape of its tunnels to later sell on eBay. I can't imagine the ants were too thrilled about it. Apparently a lot of people weren't either, because he had to disable co... / Continue →
  • December 4, 2013
    Allegedly the orchid mantis is the first known species of predator to lure prey pretending to be a flower (not hiding in the flower like some spiders do). Apparently they're so convincing they're more likely to be visited by insects than actual flowers. That's something you m... / Continue →
  • November 26, 2013
    I'd be chirping too if that were me. UPDATE: Apparently faked in some capacity. *shrug* People are such jerks. So apparently if you slow down the sound of crickets chirping to the point where a cricket's lifespan matches that of a human's (no idea how slow that is), it becom... / Continue →
  • November 20, 2013
    He looks like something straight out of a Dr. Seuss story, doesn't he? Well he's not, he's a previously undescribed species of planthopper photographed in real life. I just want to rub his fuzzy ass on my cheeks, don't you? Like nature's little makeup brush. Many planthoppe... / Continue →
  • November 13, 2013
    Because Mother Nature clearly has way too much time on her hands, this is a species of fruit fly that's evolved realistic looking pictures of jumping spiders on its wings. Impressive, but I'd still like to see a pair of those naked lady trucker mudflaps. The idea of the ant... / Continue →
  • October 17, 2013
    This is a collection of natural history museum inspired wallpapers from French companies NeoDKo and Deyrolle. Do people still put up wallpaper? I have no clue. I do still hang old movie and glow-in-the-dark mushroom posters to cover the holes I've put in my walls though. Cl... / Continue →
  • September 17, 2013
    Scientists using an electron microscope and high-speed cameras have discovered that Mother Nature apparently invented gears long before humans did, and included them on the legs of teensy planthopper insects to help them jump straight. Tell you what, Mother Nature -- you don't... / Continue →
  • September 11, 2013
    Mommy, are those bees wrestling? This is a rare video of a queen bee and drone caught mating midflight. The drone dies during the process though, which is how I want to go out too. Fun fact: when I asked my parents about the birds and the bees my dad told me one builds nests... / Continue →