Since monitoring emails and phone calls wasn’t enough, NSA now plans to watch you with super tiny drones

Black Hornet

Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.

 

 

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Insect inspires super-buoyant aerogel

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Water strider inspires super-buoyant material.

Among the lightest solid materials in existence are Aerogels, and they are created by replacing the liquid component of a gel with a gas – this results in their extremely low density, and has earned them the nickname of “frozen smoke.” Now, scientists have created a new type of aerogel that is inspired by the feet of the water strider. The material is reportedly so buoyant, that a boat made from one pound (454 grams) of it could carry about 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of cargo.

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World’s heaviest insect weighs 3 times more than a mouse

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A former park ranger from America found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta on New Zealand’s Little Barrier Island.

Mark Moffett, a former park ranger,  has revealed how he spent two days tracking down a giant insect on a remote New Zealand island – and got it to eat a carrot out of his hand.

 

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Six-Legged Meat

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Prepare yourself for The Six-Legged Meat of the Future.

The vast majority of the developing world already eats insects…

Will Westerners ever take to insects as food? It’s possible. We are entomologists at Wageningen University, and we started promoting insects as food in the Netherlands in the 1990s. Many people laughed—and cringed—at first, but interest gradually became more serious. In 2006 we created a “Wageningen—City of Insects” science festival to promote the idea of eating bugs; it attracted more than 20,000 visitors…

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