The "Motor" That Allows a Fly to Flap Its Wings 50 Times a Second

What you're looking at is a 3D visualization of a fly's thorax in action. The 3D animation, which was put together using data pulled from a particle accelerator, offers a glimpse into the inner workings of one of nature's most complex mechanisms. » 3/28/14 4:00pm 3/28/14 4:00pm

Bug-eating is a great idea and we should all be doing more of it

Entomophagy – the practice of consuming bugs – is one of the greatest ideas humans ever stole from other animals. Insects, after all, are an abundant, nutrient rich resource. We used to eat them all the time (close to 30% of the world's population still does*) – so why do so many of us regard them as disgusting? » 1/04/14 9:00am 1/04/14 9:00am

Scientists finally know what created these mysterious structures!

After six months of waitingfollowed by nine more days of waiting – we finally have an answer to one of the most baffling Internet mysteries of 2013: The mystery architect behind these beautifully complex Amazonian web-towers is.... » 12/20/13 12:40pm 12/20/13 12:40pm

Scientists are close to solving one of 2013's greatest mysteries…

Earlier this year, graduate student Troy Alexander discovered an oddly intricate maypole-like structure in the Peruvian Amazon. Since then, nobody has been able to conclusively say what made it. Now, a team of biologists says it's close to solving the mystery. » 12/11/13 7:35am 12/11/13 7:35am

Macrophotographs of insects to melt your face

Whether it's the claws of a carnivorous caterpillar or the clashing mandibles of warring ants, the most fascinating insect-parts are often the smallest – and we love getting a good look. Macrophotography is one of the best ways to do just that, and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab's collection offers some of… » 9/11/13 9:00am 9/11/13 9:00am

We have absolutely no clue what built this crazy-complex structure

It's incredible, really. It features a central spire and an encircling picket-fence that's been reinforced by horizontal rails, and is strung together by a series of radially oriented guy wires. An impressive edifice at any scale, the structure measures less than 2 cm across. And here's the real kicker: nobody knows… » 9/03/13 8:00am 9/03/13 8:00am

A guide to the ravenous hellbeast that is the carnivorous caterpillar

It's been said that the path to overcoming fear is paved with understanding. Normally I'd agree – but when it comes to Hawaii's carnivorous caterpillars, I find myself second-guessing the maxim. Because THESE CATERPILLARS EAT LIVING FLESH. Here's how evolution played this cruel joke on us all. » 8/19/13 11:27am 8/19/13 11:27am

25,000 Bees Discovered Dead in Oregon Parking Lot

National Pollinator Week kicked off with a dark twist of irony Monday, when tens of thousands of bumblebees, honeybees, ladybugs and other insects were found dead or dying in a Target parking lot in Oregon. Now, early signs strongly suggest insecticides may be to blame. » 6/21/13 6:45am 6/21/13 6:45am