biology

Honeybees Fend Off Asian Giant Hornets With Poop

Honeybees Fend Off Asian Giant Hornets With Poop

Attacks by giant hornets, relatives of murder hornets, on honeybee hives are absolutely horrifying. Worker hornets identify bee hives and then bring in reinforcements of two to dozens of others, slaughtering bees at a rate of up to one per 14 seconds and sawing off their heads to gather protein-rich…

How Hackers Could Trick Unwitting Scientists Into Producing Dangerous Genes

How Hackers Could Trick Unwitting Scientists Into Producing Dangerous Genes

In a new letter to the editor pulled from the prestigious scientific journal Nature, a team of Israeli researchers pose a frankly wild-sounding question: could a computer hack result in a scientist being swindled into creating a piece of genetic code that’s harmful — or potentially toxic — rather than…