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Yey! You Can Really Remote Control A Roach from Your Smart Phone

Inventors have not only created a method for hacking the nervous system of a cockroach and allowing the insect to be controlled remotely, but apparently – like so many other things these days - there’s an app for that.

Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.

Let Them Eat Grass! 6 Grass Products You Can Grow For Your Pets

If you have any size yard at all, you probably recognize this grass, Elymus repens, aka couch grass, aka dog grass.  Dog grass?  You guessed it. Dogs, and actually cats too, love to eat this stuff. But they don't love it enough to remove the roots of this obnoxious weed that insidiously takes over your entire yard.  So, get rid of the "dog grass," and let your pets eat some other grass that's even better for them.  Here are 6 of the most popular grasses you can grow especially for your dogs, cats, and other pets.

The Largest Vertical Forest In The World (Italy) Is Almost Finished

Bosco Verticale (Italian for "Vertical Forest") is a project featuring the construction of two residential towers  in Milan, Italy. However, they are not common buildings, as they are "covered" in plants. The towers have, respectively, 119 and 87 meters in height, providing a surface area of 10,000 square meters which will host 900 trees and many other shrubs and floral plants.

Need This New Finding? A Plant Can Learn And Remember

To most of us a Mimosa is a tasty cocktail to drink with brunch, but to researchers a Mimosa is a plant native to Central and South America that has been shown to be able to learn and remember what it learned. The Mimosa pudica is a creeping annual or perennial herb that is also known as a "touch-me-not" that closes its leaves and droops to protect itself from predators.

Another Sign Of Animal Magnetism? Dogs Line Up With Earth's Magnetic Field To Excrete

Man and animal exhibit various signs of being in tune with the universe, but recently a team of zoologists from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany made a new finding, one which provides yet another example of Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism: Under stable conditions in the Earth's magnetic field, dogs will tend to urinate and defecate in line with its magnetic field.

 

Could Transgenic Mosquitoes Help In The Fight Against Dengue And Malaria?

Dengue and Malaria are two dangerous diseases with the potential to cause death. In common, they also have the lack of a vaccine, even though there is research being made in order to obtain vaccines for both diseases. Recently, a new technique using genetic engineering in order to modify vector mosquitoes can be helpful to reduce the transmission of these two diseases.

Killer Snake Venom Provides Protein That Prevents Blood Clots

The two top causes of death in the world are heart attacks and strokes, and a research team in Toronto is onto a promising drug that could do much to reduce or delay those death by reducing their number one cause - blood clots. Ironically, the drug being tested, Anfibatide, is made from a protein extracted from a snake's venom; the snake is one of the deadliest in the world.

Coral Species From Brazil Useful To Fight Hospital Superbacteria

Despite our huge breakthroughs involving Health, Medicine and Science, Hospitals still are places highly contaminated with all sorts of prejudicial agents. Bacterias and viruses, from the common cold to pneumonia, roam through Hospital buildings almost everywhere and there is no easy way to prevent them from being them. Luckily, there are several ways of treating them - one of the last discoveries in this area was made in Brazil, where scientists used a coral to fight infection caused by a "superbacteria".

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!