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  • Microsoft blacklists Secure Boot-disabling policies in Windows

    07/12/2016 8:08:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft's July round of patches fixes a vulnerability that could be used to bypass the Secure Boot protection feature if an attacker simply adds a policy to the target Windows systems. Microsoft mandates Secure Boot on newer PCs designed to run Windows. The feature is implemented in the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) code that checks the Windows boot loader before it starts up the operating system, to ensure it is digitally signed by Microsoft. Secure Boot can, however, be bypassed completely by applying a Windows group policy, providing attackers with full access to systems thought to be locked down....
  • Edible bug industry hopes crickets and kin are the next sushi

    05/27/2016 9:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2016 | Ben Klayman
    Just like raw tuna is a favorite of foodies everywhere, Robert Nathan Allen foresees a day when crickets will make their way onto consumers' plates. A growing need for more food sources as well as a desire to treat animals more humanely have proponents predicting entomophagy, or eating insects, will eventually spread more heavily to western and developed countries. They envision pancakes made with cricket flour or falafel chocked full of mealworm goodness will be just as desirable as sushi.
  • Swedish Govt Spends Millions Telling Citizens To Eat Insects To End Global Warming

    04/28/2016 9:51:15 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Apr 2016 | Oliver Lane
    The Swedish government is showing their commitment to green principles and fighting climate change by spending tax payer money on developing ‘meat’ made out of crickets and mealworms. Vinnova, the Swedish government agency that distributes money for research and development, spending some 2.7 billion kronor (£230 million) a year has announced its latest tranche of funding for creating a greener, more sustainable future — by weaning Europe off meat. It is hoped people will want to eat a so-called “climate smart” diet instead, reports FriaTider.
  • Apple Fixed Bug That Exposed Your Photos and Contacts

    04/05/2016 9:03:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 5, 2016 | by Don Reisinger
    Well, that was quick.Earlier on Tuesday, reports surfaced saying that a bug in what appeared to be iOS 9 would have allowed hackers to access an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus owner’s contacts and photos. But that has issue has since been fixed.When users now try to use the hack published recently on YouTube, they’ll find that Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri now asks them to unlock their device first. Previously, Siri would allow access to a person’s contacts and photos after users exploited a flaw in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.As part of the latest fix,...
  • Historic Hotel’s Bedbugs Sideline Kyrie Irving

    02/23/2016 8:22:36 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | 23 Feb 2016
    Kyrie Irving did not sleep tight because the team hotel did let the bed bugs bite Saturday night. "Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms," Irving confessed to the media Monday night about his absence from Sunday's game against the Oklahoma. "It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin' Hilton that we stayed at." The Cavaliers stayed at the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City over the weekend ... Just imagine how freaked out you'd be if you saw friggin' five, big-ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow," Irving told the media after Monday's loss to...
  • Students discover ‘ginormous bugs’ in Michelle O lunch

    05/14/2015 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    CONROE, Texas – Parents knows it can be difficult to get kids to eat their greens, but after an incident at a Texas high school some students may never eat vegetables again. “There’s no way they could’ve missed (them), picking up a handful of broccoli like they do with their gloves on and not seen these ginormous bugs,” Melissa Evans, mother of Caney Creek High School junior Falyn Evans, told Click2Houston. Falyn Evans and her friend were served the bug-infested broccoli for lunch Monday and the two almost ate the insects before they realized they were there. “It was kind...
  • US: Insects are free in Michelle O's 'healthy' lunches

    05/14/2015 9:29:50 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    sott.net ^ | Mon, 16 Feb 2015 | Kyle Olson
  • Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan offers solution to global warming

    05/08/2015 12:25:13 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/6/15 | Fox News
    Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has a solution for global warming: Eat bugs. In an interview with The Guardian, Annan called the global livestock industry "a major threat to the climate" and suggested insects as an alternative protein source to meat. "Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets," he said. Annan told The Guardian that the growing population and middle class are making it more difficult to meet meat demands. "It represents 14.5 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations," he said.
  • Kofi Annan: Eat Bugs To Stop Global Warming

    05/05/2015 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Michael Bastasch
    Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants you to eat more insects. Why? It’s better for the environment and your health, he argues. “Keeping meat consumption to levels recommended by health authorities would lower emissions and reduce heart disease, cancer, and other diseases,” Annan told The Guardian Sunday. “And of course there are alternative sources of protein. For example, raising insects as an animal protein source,” Annan said. “Insects have a very good conversion rate from feed to meat. They make up part of the diet of two billion people and are commonly eaten in many parts of the world.”
  • No patch for remote code-execution bug in D-Link and Trendnet routers

    04/28/2015 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    arstechnica | Apr 28, 2015 9:01am PDT | Dan Goodin
    Arstechnica has an article up concerning a remote coded execution bug in some routers. Arstechnica does not wish their articles to be posted or excerpted here, so the webpage addy is included for those wishing to read more about it. Affects D-Link and Trendnet routers.
  • PHOTOS: Bugs invade ‘healthy’ Michelle O lunches

    02/16/2015 8:04:25 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 38 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 2/16/15 | Kyle Olson
    NEW YORK – Advocates are struggling to get students to eat “healthy” lunches – even if they’re free. It’s not too hard to see why. Timothy Martinez qualifies for free lunches, but he and his classmates often skip meals and go hungry because the cafeteria food at Bronx Academy of Letters is inedible, according to DNAinfo. “When they serve us pizza, sometimes it’s not reheated all the way and you can see the frozen pieces in the dough,” Martinez says. “It’s the same thing with the taco meat. And they serve us ices instead of juice,” referring to the liquids...
  • Insects: The food of the future ( The UN wants us to eat bugs)

    11/23/2014 10:11:53 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 53 replies
    universitypost.dk ^ | 15/5-13 | universitypost.dk
    Bugs reduce pollution, increase nutrition, and should seriously be considered as a food source: This is according to a UN report with University of Copenhagen contribitions by Victor Yakimov What is nutritious, delicious, and has six legs? If we could collectively get over our disgust at the six legged critters, insects could become a staple of the human diet, along with fish, and other kinds of meat, a new UN report argues. The Food and Agriculture organisation FAO hailed members of the insect world as an under-utilised resource, in the report which was released this Monday. By 2050, world population...
  • Insects were the first creatures to fly: study

    11/09/2014 4:52:04 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 27 replies
    Uncover California ^ | November 09, 2014 | Andrea Cordell
    An evolutionary insect family tree created by a team of 100 researchers revealed that insects were the first creatures to fly around 400 million years ago. The comprehensive insect family tree covering insects from all around the globe was created as part of a project called 1K Insect Transcriptome Evolution (1KITE). According to researchers involved in the 1KITE project, insects came into existence around 500 million years ago, around the same time when plants started to emerge on Earth's surface. And, it was roughly 406 million years ago, in the early part of Devonian era, when insects got wings and...
  • FBI admits agent impersonated AP reporter

    11/06/2014 9:25:31 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Fox News / AP ^ | 11-7-2014
    FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility. In a letter to the Justice Department last week, the AP requested Holder's word that the DOJ would never again misrepresent itself as the AP and asked for policies to ensure the DOJ does not further impersonate news organizations. In a letter Thursday to Comey and Holder, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asked the agency for full disclosure about the incident. "The utilization of news media as a cover for...
  • Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources.

    09/02/2014 3:17:48 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | PDonohue
    Full Title: Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources — MTA hiring expert to review efforts “We’ve never had sightings to this magnitude,” said Joe Costales, a chairman with Transport Workers Union Local 100. “We’ve had isolated incidents in crew quarters, but it’s no longer an isolated scenario. It’s throughout the system.”
  • Giant Millipedes Intercepted at San Francisco International Airport

    09/01/2014 11:43:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Customs agents are used to confiscating fake Viagra pills, counterfeit sports jerseys and illegal DVDS. They're not accustomed to snagging giant myriapodous arthropods, however, that wriggle in the dirt and eat decaying plants. But the U.S. Customs and Border agriculture specialists found and intercepted 20 foot-long millipedes at the San Francisco International Airport mail facility, the agency announced on Friday, and in doing so, stopped the slimy creatures from any further travel. The intended recipient in Vista, California, was sent a letter that his or her package of exotic wormlike insects would not be arriving from Berlin, Customs Chief J....
  • Growing concern in US: 'kissing bug' disease

    07/28/2014 7:10:07 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/29/2014 | Fox News
    Some 8 million people have Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness passed to humans by "kissing bugs," or triatomines, living in Latin America. In the US, few people know about the disease—but the CDC figures that some 300,000 people may be infected here. In countries like Bolivia, which has the highest rate of Chagas in the world, it's standard practice to screen expectant mothers for the disease, since they could pass it on to their children. But in the US, doctors rarely think to check for the illness, which can cause heart or colon problems years down the line that, left...
  • Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

    07/01/2014 1:11:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-1-2014 | Todd Starnes
    A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. ====================== She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues. “It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would...
  • Welcome to the Future: Feasting on Scorpions, Grasshoppers

    06/06/2014 11:54:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Does it ‘bug’ you?: Worm and cricket lollipops are displayed during a global ‘Pestaurant’ event sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control at the Occidental Restaurant in Washington, DC.Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from the White House. Hers was one of many such plates served up Wednesday by chef Rodney Scruggs, who helped organize an...
  • Eat Your Bugs!

    04/13/2014 7:03:09 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 23 replies
    Sierra Club ^ | Peter Frick-Wright
    There are many environmental reasons to eat insects. But first you have to get past the ick factor. You have to be careful not to overcook scorpions. The exoskeleton traps steam, and they're messy when they pop. "But get it right," said "Bug Chef" David George Gordon to the swarm of curious faces gathered to watch him work, "and they taste like soft-shell crab." It was Halloween night. I'd trekked across Portland, Oregon, for a bug-cooking demonstration at Paxton Gate, a store that owner Andy Brown describes as "a natural history museum where everything is for sale." Feats of...
  • Orlando, Fla ... Man Burns Down His Apartment to Kill Bug Infestation

    04/08/2014 7:36:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jeff Weiner,
    Man started fire to burn bugs in 'deplorable' apartment, report states A man pulled from a fire on Sunday night told authorities that he started the blaze accidentally — while trying to burn the bugs in his apartment, the Orlando Police Department said. Orlando police and fire crews were called to the fire at an apartment building on Lakeview Street, near Lake Concord just north of downtown Orlando, about 11:30 p.m. The man was rescued from his burning apartment and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to Orlando police. An officer who checked...
  • The benefits of eating bugs

    03/02/2014 7:16:51 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 57 replies
    The Week ^ | March 1, 2014 | Daniella Martin
    YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD of the Stone Age diet craze known as the Paleolithic Diet, made popular most recently by Dr. Loren Cordain's best-seller The Paleo Diet. The premise is simple: If our early human ancestors couldn't have eaten it, we shouldn't, either. It's the one time, it seems, that being like a caveman is a good thing. The theory goes (and archaeological evidence corroborates) that early hunter-gatherers, while they may not have lived as long, still had some major health advantages on most of us modern humans. They were much taller, averaging 6-foot-5 to our 5-foot-11; had stronger, heavier bones;...
  • Million Dollar Ideas: This energy bar gets its kick from ... crickets

    01/07/2014 5:44:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 23, 2013 | Parija Kavilanz
    Are edible insects the food of the future? One Salt Lake City-based company thinks so. Chapul Inc. has cooked up an energy bar with an eye-popping ingredient -- crickets. Chapul Bars come in three flavors -- peanut butter, chocolate and Thai -- and sell for $2.99 to $3.59 each. They're made from natural ingredients such as dates, agave nectar, coconut, ginger, lime and dark chocolate. And all contain cricket flour. "Most people don't know that crickets are a rich source of edible protein," said Patrick Crowley, 33, an environmentalist and Chapul's founder. And compared to cows and pigs, crickets are...
  • ‘Israel sent us dead insects,’ says Iran

    12/28/2013 4:21:42 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/28/2013 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    Tehran accused Israel of sending a “virus-laced letter” containing dead bugs to the Iranian mission at the UN headquarters in New York. According to an outlandish and unconfirmed report in the semi-official Fars news agency Saturday, Iranian diplomats at the mission received a “letter sealed with an Israeli stamp,” and which contained “a number of dead insects.” The report alleged that the enclosed note read: “Those who are enemies of Israel will be targeted by virus attacks.” US officials were called to the supposedly infested scene and “dispatched a team of anti-virus experts” to transfer “the virus-laced letter under special...
  • CNN: Obamacare Website Crashes After December Relaunch (Video)

    12/01/2013 9:06:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 172 replies
    CNN via YouTube via Gateway Pundit ^ | December 1, 2013 | CNN Video on YouTube
    The Obama administration promised the healthcare.gov website would be fixed by today. The Obamacare reboot began with 11-hour website shutdown. That’s not all… Unfortunately there are still bugs and glitches. CNN reported this morning the website crashes during the signup process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59VTIDjKDZ4
  • Unconventional Kitchen Appliance Breeds Insects for Food

    09/19/2013 3:34:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Tree Hugger ^ | Kimberley Mok
    As global meat consumption and demand continue to rise, it's clear that there will be increasingly severe environmental impacts associated with the growing demand, from using arable land for growing animal feed to the release of potent greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide. While some may say alternative diets like vegetarianism maybe the answer, in her proposed kitchen gadget University of Vienna grad designer Katarina Unger turns to an unlikely -- and possibly unnerving -- untapped source of protein: insects. Unger's Farm 432 is a small-scale fly incubator that fits on your kitchen counter, which "enables people to turn...
  • Bugged: Obama's Roach Problem

    09/14/2013 8:43:02 AM PDT · by shove_it · 62 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | 13 Sep 2013 | George E. Condon Jr.
    As in cockroaches. But vermin is nothing new in a building that is 213 years old--and roaches aren't the worst of it...
  • NYC Department of Health Building Infested with Bed Bugs

    08/07/2013 7:40:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 6 Aug 2013
    the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headquarters, which cost taxpayers $316 million, is overrun by bed bugs. The building is 21 floors, and five of those are home to a bed bug infestation. That’s no shock, since the city itself has been ranked the worst in the nation when it comes to bed bugs. This is the second time in under a year that bed bugs have been found in the facility, which is only three years old. Critics say that the city is actually underreporting the problem ... Other major New York landmarks have become...
  • Report: Gov't scooping up Verizon phone records

    06/06/2013 3:46:24 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 98 replies
    MyWay ^ | 6/6/13
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency has been collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to a report in Britain's Guardian newspaper.</p> <p>The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, the newspaper reported Wednesday. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.</p>
  • The United Nations Says We Should All Be Eating Insects

    05/14/2013 7:10:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/14/2013 | Tim Worstall
    The United Nations Says We Should All Be Eating Insects The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a part of the United Nations, has released a report saying that we should all get ready to start eating insects. There’s a certain amount of truth in the report but not all that much: “ World population is slated to top nine billion by 2050, and seeing as how arable land is being rapidly swallowed by towns and cities, oceans are increasingly overfished, and climate change is disrupting traditional farming, a new United Nations study proposes a twist on Marie Antoinette’s dietary advice:...
  • UN urges world to eat more insects (over 2 billion already do)

    05/13/2013 8:41:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/13/13 | BBC
    Eating more insects could help fight world hunger, according to a new UN report. The report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that eating insects could help boost nutrition and reduce pollution. It notes than over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects. However it admits that "consumer disgust" remains a large barrier in many Western countries. Wasps, beetles and other insects are currently "underutilised" as food for people and livestock, the report says. Insect farming is "one of the many ways to address food and feed security". "Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly,...
  • Chicago Is Top City for Bedbugs

    03/04/2013 6:41:45 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    abc ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | Carmen Cox
    Bedbugs are on the rise again in the U.S., which means business is booming for pest control companies like Orkin. With increased travel, both internationally and domestically, and higher bedbug resistance to existing pesticides, Orkin has seen an almost 33 percent boost in bedbug business compared to 2011. The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bedbug treatments from January to December 2012. The “Windy City” of Chicago tops the list, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years

    10/09/2012 2:04:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    IO9 ^ | October 9, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    A Fossilized Scene of a Spider Attacking a Wasp, Preserved for 110 Million Years Paleontologists have discovered beautifully preserved species trapped in amber before — but this one is extraordinary. It features a parasitic wasp that has become ensnared in a spider's web, with the owner bearing down on it for an attack. But just before the spider was about to have its meal, a drop of resin flowed down from above, freezing the moment in time. Researchers date the scene to the Early Cretaceous between 97 to 110 million years ago in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar — a...
  • South Florida Man Wins Live Cockroach-Eating Contest, Then Suddenly Dies

    10/09/2012 9:23:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    AP ^ | October 9, 2012 | SUZETTE LABOY
    Man dies after live roach-eating contest in Fla. MIAMI (AP) — A contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say. About 30 contestants ingested the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python. Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed outside the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released Monday. He was taken to...
  • (Found!) These 230-Million-Year-Old Bugs Preserved In Amber Are The Oldest Yet ...

    08/28/2012 2:45:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    IO9 ^ | Aug 28, 2012 | George Dvorsky
    These 230-million-year-old bugs preserved in amber are the oldest yet An international team of scientists working in Italy have found the oldest samples of arthropods preserved in amber — a finding that is 100 million years older than previous fossilized samples. The insects, a fly and two mites, are the first ever to be discovered from the Triassic era. The group's findings will help biologists gain a better evolutionary understanding of these organisms and the time periods within which they developed. Amber droplets can be a goldmine for paleontologists. Even a millimeter sized droplet can contain extremely well preserved specimens...
  • Starbucks Bugs Vegan With Frappuccino Dye Made From Ground up Insects

    03/28/2012 9:15:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Wed Mar 28 2012 | Melissa Allison
    When Starbucks changed its Frappuccino mix a couple years ago, it made sure the new ingredients were dairy-free. But no one said anything about being bug-free. Turns out the strawberry sauce used in strawberries-and-cream Frappuccinos contains cochineal extract, which is made from the bodies of ground-up insects indigenous to Latin America. A vegan barista who works for Starbucks sent a picture of the sauce’s ingredient list to a vegetarian blog called www.ThisDishIsVegetarian.com, which posted it earlier this month. The revelation sparked some criticism from advocacy groups questioning the practice. “The strawberry base for our Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino does contain...
  • How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

    02/10/2012 3:28:07 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 2012 | Kathleen McAuliffe
    Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia? A biologist’s science- fiction hunch is gaining credence and shaping the emerging science of mind- controlling parasites.
  • Miami Mom Says Kids' McDonald's Breakfasts Served With Side of Bugs

    09/03/2011 12:55:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 | Janie Campbell
    Irene Cruz says store's assistant manager dismissed bug parts, refused to file complaint, and declined to let Cruz speak with her superiorsA Miami mother of six says her family lost its appetite this morning when her daughter discovered her McDonald's pancakes were full of insect parts -- and a store manager refused to file a formal complaint. Upon inspecting the rest of her children's food, Irene Cruz says, she found insect parts on nearly every plate. But Cruz says when she returned to the Bird Road West McDonald's at 14699 SW 42nd Street, an assistant manager dismissed what appear to...
  • Sex-Crazed Insects Whip Up 'Bugnadoes' In Iowa

    08/18/2011 4:32:09 PM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/17/11 | Natalie Wolchover
    Tornadoes aren't the only funnels that touch down in the Midwest. "Bugnadoes" — vortexes of swarming bugs — occasionally twist through, too. On the night of July 4, professional storm chaser and photographer Mike Hollingshead caught sight of an enormous bugnado in southwestern Iowa. The air above the cornfields was so thick with bugs "it looked like it was smoking," Hollingshead told Life's Little Mysteries. He captured the strange sight on camera, and his video has gone viral in recent days. But what are the bugnadoes? Joe Kieper, an entomologist who is executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural...
  • Bedbug infestations growing in certain settings, survey finds

    08/17/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 17 | Lena H. Sun
    Just as students head back to college and families finish summer vacations comes the latest bad news from pest control companies: Bedbug infestations are getting worse and becoming more common in some places, including dorms, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools and day-care centers. According to a survey released Wednesday by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, pest control companies say there has been double-digit growth in infestations in the past year. About 54 percent of pest companies reported treating bedbugs in college dorms, compared with 35 percent in 2010; 80 percent reported treating...
  • War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

    06/20/2011 3:33:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/19/11 | Chang W. Lee
    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air: shrinking unmanned drones, the kind that fire missiles into Pakistan and spy on insurgents in Afghanistan, to the size of insects and birds. The base’s indoor flight lab is called the “microaviary,” and for good reason. The drones in development here are designed to replicate the flight mechanics of moths, hawks and other inhabitants of the natural world. “We’re looking at how you hide in plain sight,”...
  • UN Document Would Give Same Rights To Mother Earth That Are Given To Humans

    04/12/2011 1:07:28 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | April 12, 2011 | annem040359
    Now I have heard everything! Bolivia will draft a law proposed to the United Nations giving “Mother Earth”, which also includes many species of bugs rights on the same level as humans. This bid by Bolivia is with the goal of having a law on the international level, just as it does in that country in the form of a domestic law to give protection to bugs, trees, and other natural things in that South American country.
  • Scientists fight bugs with poo

    01/19/2011 1:24:37 PM PST · by 70times7 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 19, 2011 | Kate Kelland
    (Reuters) - Once a year, every year, Professor Thomas Borody receives a single-stem rose from one of his most grateful patients. She is, he says, thanking him for restoring her bowel flora. It's a distasteful cure for a problem that's increasingly widespread: the Clostridium difficile bug, typically caught by patients in hospitals and nursing homes, can be hard to treat with antibiotics. But Borody is one of a group of scientists who believe the answer is a faecal transplant. Some jokily call it a "transpoosion." Others have more sciencey names like "bacteriotherapy" or "stool infusion therapy." But the process involves,...
  • Apple confirms MacBook Air bugs internally

    11/04/2010 6:01:17 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 79 replies
    BoyGeniusReport ^ | Nov 4th, 2010 | Zach Epstein
    The sleek new MacBook Air models unveiled late last month are the slimmest computers Apple has ever produced — but the manufacturer still managed to find the space to pack in a few troublesome bugs. Early MacBook Air adopters have taken to various forums as they voice complaints surrounding Apple’s new MacBook Air (Late 2010) models. While Apple has yet to address any of the reported issues publicly, a source informed BGR that the manufacturer is investigating several of them internally. Included among the issues is a bug where the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors when...
  • Microsoft Releases Biggest-ever Security Update

    10/13/2010 5:53:32 AM PDT · by FromLori · 33 replies · 1+ views
    PC World ^ | 10/12/10 | Robert McMillan
    Microsoft released its largest-ever set of security patches Tuesday, fixing a total of 49 bugs in products such as Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. There are 16 groups of patches (called updates) in total. Microsoft says that two of them -- the Internet Explorer fix numbered MS10-071 and a Windows patch numbered MS10-076 -- should get top priority. Microsoft thinks attack code is likely to be developed that will target bugs fixed by both of those updates. NCircle Director of Security Operations Andrew Storms agrees that those two updates should be a top priority as they could be leveraged in...
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the Tea Party: 'they're like bed bugs' (video, photos)

    10/05/2010 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 61 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | Oct 5th, 2010 | Liz Brown
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck on the Tea Party: ’they’re like bed bugs’ (video, photos) - National The View | Examiner.com
  • Bringing the heat to battle bedbugs

    09/14/2010 11:32:23 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 09/14/10 | Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
    ST. LOUIS — Ten years ago, if pest control companies treated one home a year for bedbugs, it was unusual. But Joe Wells, a heat specialist and bedbug supervisor with Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions in St. Louis, said he'll treat eight residences this week and next for the pesky blood suckers. He uses blasts of heat hot enough to warm an Easter ham. A resurgence of the bedbugs nationwide in recent months has become a bane and a boon. A bane for those who must live with the uninvited guests; a boon for those trained to get rid of...
  • Guess Who This Looks Like...

    09/08/2010 9:16:23 AM PDT · by Sad Hill · 21 replies
    Sad Hill News Blog ^ | 09.08.2010 | Sad Hill
    Most will recognize this hideous, flesh-eating creature as a member of congress. Upon closer examination it becomes clear how fanged bulbous worm-like maggots that thrive in decaying filth are often mistaken for governors. This member of congress maggot was captured by an SEM (Scanning Electron Micrograph), confirming Stephen Hawking's brain misfired before he claimed God had nothing to do with the creation of the universe. Yea Steve, these little miracles just happen... More creatures at: http://sadhillnews.com/2010/09/07/creepy-closeups-electron-microscope-scans-unseen-world
  • Chew on This: You Aren't Eating Enough Bugs (Sauteed Cockroach? Yummy)

    07/12/2010 9:53:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1+ views
    AOL News ^ | 7/12/2010 | David moye
    Americans aren't eating enough insects, and that bugs foodies like Andrew Zimmern. Zimmern, host of the popular Travel Channel series "Bizarre Foods," travels the world tasting the local vittles in various countries. Some are quite foreign to American taste buds, and, at least in the case of insects, he thinks Yanks are missing out on some good eating. For instance, one of Zimmern's favorite snacks is a handful of chapulines, a taste treat from the Mexican state of Oaxaca that combines dry-roasted grasshoppers with lime and chili. Another is an Ecuadoran dish where coconut grubs are marinated in orange juice...