At Last, We Understand What Turns Fruit Flies On

We’ve been breeding the fly Drosophila melanogaster in the lab for decades. We’ve tinkered with their genes — giving them extra legs, curly wings, or odd coloured eyes — in pursuit of understanding genetic inheritance and how tissues develop. But until now we didn’t know which chemical made them start to mate.


Video: This Machine Robot Peels An Orange So Fast

Of course by letting a machine do your fruit peeling for you, you lose a good amount of the orange and don’t get that fresh citrus scent on your hands but you do get an orange that’s ready to eat in seconds! I have to say though, I’d love to see this machine tackle more miserable fruits that aren’t even meant to be peeled.


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


NSA Planned To Sneak-Attack App Stores To Put Spyware On Smartphones

Another day, another cynicism-inducing reminder that the NSA hasn’t just been unlawfully dragnet spying on our digital lives — it has also rigged up new and complicated techniques to do so, like hijacking app stores to put spyware on smartphones.


2015's Top New Species Include Two Animals With Cool Breeding Habits

Let’s hear it for newly-discovered species with interesting sex lives! A pufferfish that builds complex circular spawning nests and a frog that gives birth directly to live tadpoles have been picked as two of the International Institute for Species Exploration’s “top 10″ new species of 2015.


Here's An Idea To Make Sure Your Rent Stays Low: Haunt The Building

The downside to gentrification is cheap apartments suddenly becoming more expensive and “affluent”. This obviously sucks for the people who lived there previously. One way to prevent your landlord from jacking up the rent and squeezing you out is to invent ghosts — which is exactly what some tenants in America did.


What Happens Behind The Scenes When You Buy Things With Your Phone

You’ve decided to buy a new pair of shoes, and you’re going to pay for them by tapping your smartphone against the checkout stand. It’s just like using your credit card — except that it isn’t. Here’s what’s really happening to the money on your phone, when you spend it and when you are just carrying it around.


"Ya Ever Feel Like Galileo?" Bizarre Highlights From A US Climate Change Hearing

This is one of the greatest/saddest highlight reels I’ve ever seen from a U.S. government hearing on climate change. Last week, the Committee on National Resources got experts and politicians together to explore whether climate change and carbon emissions should be considered “environmental impacts” in federal projects.


Meet The Cheap, Tiny NASA Spacecraft That Will Explore Distant Worlds

Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable — using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.


Daredevil Is The Real Batman

Batman is a billionaire playboy who really shouldn’t be a superhero and definitely doesn’t have any legitimate claim to the name ‘Batman’. Because the Batman name is so much more fitting for Daredevil, a superhero who is blind and uses sonar to see and prefers the night. Plus, the Daredevil name fits another comic book character too.