Last week, staff at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion had a creeping feeling that something was wrong. Many of the science museum’s rare insects were missing from their displays. This wasn’t entirely unusual, but after checking the back room inventory, it quickly became apparent that thousands of specimens were missing and foul play was all but certain.
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Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK trained a spider named Kim to jump for them, then recorded her leaps on high-speed cameras. But don't worry, their research - published this week in Scientific Reports - isn't meant for anything nefarious. Nah, they just want to learn how to build a whole legion of jumping spider-robots.
Microsoft just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and is delaying its Spring Creator's Update (codenamed Redstone 4) due to a bug that resulted in an increase in Blue Screen of Death crashes. Luckily, the issue was spotted in an Insider build of Windows 10, specifically build 17133, meant for developers and not public consumption. Thank goodness for nerds, am I right?
While many bugs are relatively benign, often getting patched before the user knows anything is wrong, the latest plague to hit Apple devices is already wreaking havoc on internet.
Ever since it launched in September, iOS 11 has been riddled with glitches, bad UI decisions and general lack of attention to detail. On Friday night, Apple's problems got a little worse with a notifications bug that sent iPhones and iPads running the software into a constant cycle of crashing and rebooting, forcing Apple to issue an immediate update.
A single seared prawn sat atop a scoop of mashed avocado with a healthy scoop of salty black specks overflowing onto the plate beside it. If I didn't already know what I had gotten myself into, I would have been certain the topping was caviar -- each spot popped just like a sturgeon egg might have. But rather than fishiness came an alien citrus flavour unlike any meat I'd ever tasted. After all, I was eating black ants.
When taking high-resolution 3D scans of insects, scientists typically have to kill their test subjects, which isn't always ideal. By taking advantage of an insect's ability to survive oxygen-poor conditions, scientists have now used carbon dioxide to keep bugs in a state of suspended animation for upwards of seven hours at a time -- and with no apparent side effects.