Entomologist William Romoser of Ohio University says NASA images depict insect- and reptile-like creatures on Mars.
- Entomologist William Romoser gave a presentation this week in which he claimed NASA photos show evidence of creatures, some still living, on the red planet.
- Romoser has worked as a professor of entomology at Ohio University for four decades.
- It's likely that the real phenomenon in Romoser's work is pareidolia — the tendency to "see" recognizable shapes among random visual data.
For decades, Americans sprayed the notorious pesticide DDT all over their homes and fields. But it turns out we may have known about — and ignored — a safer alternative used by the Nazi regime.
- DDT, or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, was an extremely popular pesticide during World War II up until the '70s, when it was banned.
- DDT was believed to be extremely safe, but it turns out this was only due to enthusiasm for the pesticide drummed up by its efficacy during World War II.
- Researchers have uncovered a far more effective pesticide that Allied forces wound up ignoring, in part because of its association with the German forces.
They're hiding in your house, carrying germs, and now there's virtually no way to kill them.
- Not only are German cockroaches a major health concern, but they reproduce rapidly and are notoriously difficult to eradicate.
- A new study shows that their quick reproductive cycles means that they quickly develop resistances to pesticides, to the point where pesticides alone are effectively useless.
- The study highlights the importance of integrated pest management, such as keeping a clean house and combining different tactics to keep the critters at bay.
The animal we fear most? Spiders.
- Researchers in the Czech Republic ranked 25 animals we fear most in a new online survey.
- While predatory animals evoke fear, they rarely raise our sense of disgust.
- By contrast, parasites, spiders, and snakes make us fearful and repulsed.
Synthetic biology is changing the way the planet works.
One fact about our time is becoming increasingly well-known. No matter how far you travel, no matter in which direction you point, there is nowhere on Earth that remains free from the traces of human activity.