Tiny Cars driven by Moths!

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How you might ask? Well the easy explanation is that scientists developed a tiny car that is steered using a Styrofoam ball. Then a moth is placed directly onto the ball, which it can then walk around on top of to steer. You may be thinking this would lead to aimless steering, or nothing since moths have no incentive to walk on small Styrofoam balls to operate tiny cars. The trick is all in the scent

It’s pretty cute, watching a moth steer a tiny car around, but why would scientists spend their time making tiny cars for moths? Well it can’t be driven by any moth, this can only work if you use a silkworm moth. The silkworm moth has antennae that have the ability to sense smell, and in the above video the scent they used was of a female silkworm’s pheromones.

The entire experiment is actually meant to observe and measure the ability of an odor tracking robot when operated by an insect. The success rate for the experiment was 100% for the moths, who would circle the odor spot presented. Current odor tracking methods are comprised of only well trained animals, such as the dogs you would find at airports or with police officers. The hope is that this experiment will open up paths to finding operated methods of odor tracking, since the moths uses sensory abilities in it’s antenna and not nostrils.

If you’re interested to learn more about this experiment, the entire procedure was recorded and documented on Jove.com from students at the University of Tokyo. Do you have any thoughts on moth controlled robots? Are they cute, or putting our canine friends at the risk of job security? Comment with your thoughts!

Top 7 “Whose a Good Boy??”

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The internet has been taken by storm over a Reddit user’s post of a dog’s before and after pictures from being called a “Good Boy!’ The post inspired boredpanda.com to create a user submission article that featured their own pet’s before and after photos from being called a good boy. There are currently 459 submissions, so you can check out the link to see them all for yourself; however, we’ve done a bunch of the work for you and picked these top “Whose a Good Boy” before and afters:


#7 Ollie “Not Really a Good Dog

by Melody Norman

Maybe it has something to do with the title submission Melody gave to Ollie, or maybe it’s when he stands upright onto his butt, but something about this reaction wouldn’t leave me to rest while going through the other 459 submissions. He’s so pleased, but also looks like a sweet doofus who has no idea he’s not really a good boy.


#6 “Good Dragon!

by Katie Castle

Were crickets involved? Probably, but I’m sure for many pet owners, the word treat was used to get that extra cute reaction. No fowl, no harm! Though I couldn’t even tell you if the side by side is the same reptile, it’s still such a cute lizard-about-to-eat-dinner smile.


#5 Titus

by Titus’ Mom

Clearly posted by a proud mother, this is easily the perfect transition into “Yes! I am a Good Boy!” Titus was featured in one other article on the main website, explaining that Titus is a victim of the well known crisis known as Resting B*tch Face.


#4 A Good GIRL

by Greta J.

I personally dislike snakes more than spiders, but the cute little “ooo” that can be seen in this snake’s after photo is just too good. It’s worth pointing out that Greta is the original author of the post, so there’s no telling if this was one of multiple “perfect” submissions, as she also posts several articles to the website regularly. All that said, it doesn’t matter, this good girl is still loved.


#3 A Good and Happy Boy

by Jeremy Groves

There are several people who don’t consider cats capable of happiness, so if you’re among them and have wondered what a happy cat looks like: here it is! Forward whiskers, closed/narrow eyes, ears perked upright, this is one happy cat. Top rated cats on the article itself were ones who seemed to react terribly to the news, or not at all. This guy couldn’t be left to unseen in the far back, and not get the recognition a sweetie like this deserves.


#2 Calypso, a Good Girl?

by Jordie Schmeiser

As compared to the prior cat, Calypso here just doesn’t really know what to respond with. Already preoccupied with nothing, the words of praise fell short on this one. Perhaps Calypso knows a truth that Jordie has yet to discover.


#1 Simona

by Camila Moraga

This delight! Such happiness! Simona IS a good girl! Thanks to Camila for capturing this sweetheart’s reaction. Although it’s entirely possible Simona is about to sneeze, this photo captures something completely adorable.

If you’re interested in seeing these photos enlarged, you can click on any of them to be directed to the original image. There were several candidates, and if you have some time to burn, going through the list is worthwhile.

Do you agree or disagree with this list? Comment with your thoughts on our list, or tell us from the original who would make your list instead!

Top 5 INTENSE BUGS

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There are so many types of bugs out there that we literally haven’t discovered them all. Every year we discover more and more bugs, and the amount of time it would take to find them all is immeasurable. While we may not be able to discover every bug hidden away on the planet, there are several we have found that you don’t EVER want to meet! They’re small, and some even look harmless, but encountering any of our intense top 5 bugs could mean serious damage.

#5 Giant Weta

Weta are the only peaceful bugs to make this list, but that doesn’t make them any less terrifying to find one. The only ones that even have big enough mandibles to be scary are the Tree Weta. Even those and other sub species of Weta are only interested in herbivore diet choices, especially carrots!

#4 Huntsman Spider

These spiders are completely different from what we consider the average spider to be like, as they don’t weave webs, and their bites lack toxic venom (though their bites can still REALLY hurt.) These guys are called Huntsman spiders for the fact that they actively hunt their prey, using their long legs to grab and hold what they find to bite it to death. The one above is on the smaller side of their average sizes, but you can find much MUCH bigger ones no problem. They’re only native in Australia at this time though, so you can easily avoid encounters by just not going to Australia.

#3 Asian Giant Hornet

This hornet in Japan is called the Japanese Giant Hornet or Yak-Killer hornet, and has several different sub species depending on where you’re visiting in Asia. Their stings have caused hundreds of injuries and deaths, leaving people hospitalized after encountering swarms. The hornet is the largest on the planet, and prefer habitats at the bottom of mountains or in forests of eastern Asian tropical climates. They’re known for hunting other bees and their hives for food, and at times resorting to cannibalism if nothing else can be found.

#2 Africanized Bee

Or also known as the Killer Bee, these bees have the kind of origin story that can only lead to disaster. Scientists in Europe decided to try cross breeding bees, and the result were the Killer Bees. They were meant to help increase honey production, but the scientists accidentally had a few escape from testing facilities. They’re extremely aggressive, and it does not take much to provoke a colony attack from them. An angered swarm has the potential to outright kill a person, and can follow you up to a quarter-mile to do so.

#1 Bullet Ant

Listen, the bullet ant is no joke with its sting. More recently, YouTube Star Coyote from Brace Wilderness subjected himself to a single sting and was in burning pain for 48 hours, despite it should only take 24. Other YouTube celebrities have visited this tribe to take on the same challenge, and most have completely crumbled under the first few seconds. Though in the wilderness, away from their nest foraging for food, bullet ants can be quite docile when encountered. These guys rank at #1 out of all bugs, as enduring one of their stings can be the worst sting you may ever encounter.

Christmas Pokemon GO!

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Pokemon Go blew up with it’s release in July, but has since died down quite a bit. Despite the hype quieting down, Niantic hasn’t! You may have heard of a few recent updates and events happening starting around October. Well, Christmas is around the corner and there has been no exceptions made for this holiday weekend!

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These are the two loading screens that replaced the standard Gyarados hazard intro when starting up Pokemon Go. For the first time in October, Niantic launched an event for Halloween, which did much more than update the loading screen. For Halloween we witnessed standard pokemon spawns swapped out for special event pokemon. Rather than encountering rattata or pidgey, you would see gastly, cubone, meowth, and drowzee! The rate of spawns increased, the distance for walking pokemon eggs significantly decreased, and XP and Candy was doubled in every instance you could receive it.

They did the same thing with minor differences for Thanksgiving, but without a cool new loading screen. But we’re here to talk about the current event: Christmas! As indicated by the image on the left, Niantic is currently doing a Christmas Pokemon Go event. The most notable part? Santachus:

   

Despite the recent news of 2nd Generation baby pokemon, pichu is not included in this exclusive santachu pokemon. For the entire event, pikachus in santa hats have replaced your standard pikachu spawn, and when they evolve into raichu they keep the hat! These are exclusive to the holiday event, so while it’s going on be sure to look out for these Christmas cuties!

Rumor has it that there will be more to come for the Christmas event, which you can thank dataminers for discovering. 6 Presents have been found, unused, presumed to be used for Christmas Eve, Day, or both. There has been no official announcement from Niantic about a Christmas event, so we will just have to sit and wait patiently to see what Santachu brings us for Christmas.

Top Bug Themed MONSTERS!

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We’ve covered the top video games featuring bugs, but that isn’t to say those games had the bugs! Wanna know our take on the best Monster Bugs media has to offer? Here is our top 5 Monster Bug list:

#5 Monster Hunter‘s Seltas Queen and Warrior

If you’re not familiar with the Monster Hunter series, it’s a CAPCOM game that made its debut on the PS2 in 2004. It has since made its way from Sony to Nintendo, with recent games being featured on the 3DS and one on the Wii U. The Seltas Queen and her Warrior were introduced in Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS as the first major bug enemies you could encounter for a quest, and are considered to be based on beetles. The two work side by side, or at least until the Queen is hurting badly. Then she just grabs her handy warrior and uses him to increase her health by outright eating him. Though if you’re hoping this makes the battle easier fighting one target, don’t get too hopeful. She calls for another one each time there’s a lack of a warrior by her side.

#4 Sandworms

The credit of first known Sandworm goes to Frank Herbert, author of Dune which was written in 1965. Sandworms are those creatures that turn your average harmless worm into a terrifying behemoth that can theoretically swallow cities if they’re big enough. You’ve seen them everywhere, but I think America’s most famous instance is in the movie Tremors. You may also know of the sandworm from Beetlejuice or Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

#3 Every Giant Spider Ever

 

The only thing scarier than spiders is public speaking, until you consider possibility of giant spiders. These 8-legged giants are a video game enemy classic, as you’ll find them at some point as an enemy encounter (World of Warcraft, Gauntlet, Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and Doom to name a few). The giant spiders have also made their way into several books and movies, earning it’s own spot as antagonist in films like the General Spider in  Arachnophobia and Shelob in Lord of the Rings. Since there are so many giant spiders you can find in media, we just had to attribute our #3 spot to all of them.

#2 The entire Starship Troopers Struggle

If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it; however, it’s in no way for the light of heart or young children (I’m not kidding, this movie is rated R for graphic gore, intense and frightening scenes, mild profanity, and more). Starship Troopers features alien as the main antagonist, and several times throughout they refer to them as “bugs” and “insects.” Earth is being invaded by these alien bugs, and it has only been a downhill battle. You follow the space marines as they travel to the bug alien home planet and attempt to eradicate the pests once and for all. Also young Neil Patrick Harris is in it, and that’s always a plus.

#1 Mothra

The one and only Kaijū, Mothra makes our number one spot in our Monster Bug list. Mothra is an iconic Kaijū from Toho, the same company that brought us Godizilla. Toho is known for doing basically every well-acclaimed giant monster film in Japan. Mothra first appears in it’s own film in 1961 where it appears as the Infant Island’s deity that protects them from atomic testing. Mothra is always accompanied by two “fairies” which are always two women from the Infant island who are no taller than 12 inches. They have the ability to call Mothra with their song, which can be seen in Mothra’s own Mothra vs. Godzilla feature.

Eco-Friendly Graffiti

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Graffiti can be found everywhere, from train sides, walls of buildings, sidewalks, wherever you find urbanization you don’t have to look hard for graffiti. In several places there are celebrated works that are part of the town, but for many the act of tagging is either overlooked or even frowned upon. People find graffiti more often to be a form of vandalism, and overall harmful to our environment from the aerosol can spray. Whether you’re environmentally conscious or looking to do something unique, this Eco-friendly way to do graffiti is for you!

The above is the work of artist Jennifer Ilett, who was requested by Sprout Guerrilla to team up and create works of moss graffiti. Biodegradable, none of the fumes that aerosol paint comes with, and completely sets your work apart from others. This stuff is great if you’re looking to just do straightforward painting, or if you want to work with a stencil. If this has caught your attention, it gets better: This stuff is completely DIY and easy to make!

As you can see, this stuff goes on straight like paint. Everything you need to make this stuff can be found in a local grocery store, save for actual moss. To make moss graffiti the challenge you’ll have to overcome is finding suitable moss that will stick to concrete walls. If you’re interested in making your own moss graffiti, this stuff is so easy there’s a simple wikiHow to help you out. It lists exact ingredients, how much you’ll need, and tips on what you’re looking for when scavenging for moss. You can also find tips on growing the moss, so that your art stays fresh and healthy for as long as you want.

What do you think? Comment with your thoughts on if this sort of thing could still be vandalism or just general thoughts on it!

Insects: Political Scandal

This has been a hard year for America, choosing to make itself great again or deciding if it was already great to begin with. Sparks have ignited and tensions have been on edge more than ever before. In these abnormally stressed times, we ask ourselves the basic questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Well you may not suspect it, but it seems that our government may have been tainted in ways no one could of foreseen until now. Ladies, gentlemen, viewers, I present to you my findings:

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Above we see Barack Obama innocently delivering speeches when suddenly he befalls victim to these flies. There are other documented instances of bugs harassing our President, but none have stood out more than in the two images above. Perhaps this isn’t enough to convince you of the 3rd party influence of these flies, so I urge you to continue below.

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Yes, even Hillary Clinton has been visited by these fly conspirators. This was perhaps the most recent instance in which all of America reacted to. Twitter, Facebook, and all social media accounts busted out in uproar over the incident of a fly landing on a Presidential candidates face. If you think it’s only coincidence, again, you only need to continue reading.

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While he was a presidential candidate during the time of this photo, it’s clear that the flies had no bias towards the political parties. The incident of Trump being visited by a fly agent was not entirely ignored, as CNN presented on it. It’s worth noting that CNN also presents other instances of fly scandals with several political figures. After much researching, finding these moments proved impossible, only further proving the fly agenda attempting to cover their trail.

So what is the goal of these pests? What are they possibly trying to accomplish with their attempted sabotage to both our political parties? Will anyone stand up to these pests? No one to this day has been able to answer that question, and we can only hope that the flies take their actions no further than embarrassing photo bombs and interruptions.

Brave Ben

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If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a Bull Elephant named Ben who is taking people’s hearts by storm. They say that elephants are one of the smartest animals among mammals, and Ben’s story shows to prove that point.

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These are pictures of Ben as he showed up at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge in Kariba, Zimbabwe.  Ben approached with a Limp, indicating to the staff that there was something not quite right with the Bull Elephant. The vet of the lodge wasn’t currently in, so Ben patiently waited grazing on grass and drinking water.

The lodge called for a vet that had to be jetted in, which took a total of 6 hours. Once he arrived the tranquilized Ben and were able to properly assess what was going on with him.

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The photo above is Ben’s ear, showing that the he had taken on gunfire from poachers. The vet found a bullet in Ben’s shoulder, which is what had been causing his limp. With the team aiding the vet, they successfully removed the bullet and helped Ben get back on his feet. The images of the bullet’s removal are a bit graphic, so if you’re interested in viewing more pictures of Ben’s surgery, you can see them here.

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Above is Ben after everything was said and done. They released him once he had stabilized from the bullet’s removal, but also gave him a tracking device so that they could monitor him. This way if anything seems to be wrong with Ben, the lodge can jump into action and help Ben as soon as possible.

If you want to help, the lodge is currently asking for donations to help cover costs for monitoring and tending to Ben. You can donate here at #HelpBen

Top 5 Video Games featuring Bugs

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Ever wondered if bugs were any good at video games? Well they’re not, but sometimes make great additions as part of them. From the main villains, to your player character, there are plenty of bug themed games. There are even old classic games that have been forgotten in time about being a pest exterminator, but those games will have to wait another day to be featured. Today we present:
Top 5 Video Games with Bugs

#5 SIM ANT

This game is originally a 1991 top down simulation game where you manage a colony of ants in a backyard. The game is old enough that its first appearance was as a DOS game, but it was popular enough that it was given releases on later machines, such as the Super NES, Mac OS, and later versions of Windows. It gets position number 5 as a timeless classic that many remember being able to play on school computers, but is overall repetitive and capable of playing itself after a certain amount of time.

#4 Mister Mosquito

If you have ever wanted to experience the life of a mosquito trying to survive in a household, that’s exactly what Mister Mosquito does. It ranks number 4 on our list simply because it’s one of the few games that is simulation and action based as a bug. It was released June of 2001 on the PlayStation 2, and it’s ratings are overall mediocre. The controls are difficult to manage, but if you’re into a first person flight experience, isn’t hard to grasp with practice.

#3 MARIO PAINT’S GNAT ATTACK

If this were its own game, it could arguably be higher on this top 5 list. Gnat Attack, or also known as Coffee Break, is a mini game you can find in the Mario Paint game by clicking an icon featuring a coffee mug. It’s concept and controls are very basic, move the cursor over the fly and press to swat it. You’ll see various bugs, with the final boss of each level being some intense robot bug. This game was so well-received as a mini game that it was re-released as a mini game for Mario Maker on the Wii U. It’s important to note the above video is a speed run, and the game itself can easily last 20 minutes or longer to fully beat.

#2 WORMs ARMAGEDDON

Worms Armageddon is a full multiplayer game featuring worms as the player characters. It’s a strategy game among friends or online players where you are trying to be the last worm standing. You’re given a team of worms placed on a map and take turns shooting rockets that cause terrain damage and attack the other player worms. It ranks #2 as a solid funny and enjoyable game to play with friends, and also you’re a worm just because. To get to the review part of the featured YouTube video, skip to 25 seconds in.

#1 EARTH DEFENSE FORCE

If you’re aware of the movie Starship Troopers, that’s the easiest way to describe this game. You chose a character class to play and essentially fight giant insects that are attacking planet earth. It has traditionally been a PlayStation 2 game, but a recent version called Earth Defense Force 4.1 was released for PC and is available on the online Steam Store. The most recent version gives you 3 class options, and has you facing off against giant ants, wasps, spiders, and eventually giant monsters as you progress through the levels. This ranks number one as it’s just the best action packed game with multiplayer abilities that features buggy aliens as a main enemy.

Agree or disagree with this ranking? Tell us how you’d rank your favorite bug games in the comments!

The Great Escape: Iguana vs. Snake

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So maybe you’ve heard of this show on BBC called Planet Earth II. The show is a nature documentary, and actually a sequel to Planet Earth. It’s most likely you heard about it due to the first episode airing, and the intense scene between a baby iguana and a hoard of snakes.

An interview with the show’s producer Elizabeth White reveals the filming was much more graphic than was revealed. To quote, “Some of it was quite horrific. Because actually the snakes are not pack hunting – for the snakes, it’s very much every snake for themselves. We did see snakes eating other snakes and all fighting. We were like nah, that can’t go in. It’s too horrific!” Nope, no thank you. Not about this snake eat snake world.

However what they did release of the scene has gone viral, as watching the struggle between lizard and snake is probably more relatable than we thought. How often do we feel as though we’re barely escaping the clutches of several snakes wrapping around us in a ball? Maybe it’s just me, but if you want to know what that looks like you should definitely check out the video: