Will cockroaches really inherit the Earth?

Will cockroaches really inherit the Earth?

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Big cockroaches live beneath Price Hall at Virginia Tech University. The stately, gray, five-story building, built of stone over a century ago, houses the school’s entomology department, whose faculty study the insects that flourish in our forests, farms, and, often, homes. Sometimes, these reddish-brown American cockroaches — the largest species of cockroach in the U.S. — will leave their underworld dwellings, crawl through the structure’s old pipes, and creep into Price Hall, said Dini Miller, an urban entomologist at the university. 

“I’m kind of thrilled about it,” she added.

Miller has devoted her academic career to the flat-bodied, six-legged, and often abhorred pests, developing a keen understanding of why roaches have proven so resilient in our modern world, a world where many inspect species — but certainly not all — have been eviscerated by pesticides and the destruction of their habitats. Moths, dung beetles, wasps, bees, and dragonflies have all been given well-deserved PR recently from new widely-reported research and an expertly-told front page story in The New York Times Magazine, foretelling environmental doom should we annihilate the foundation of the planet’s food web.  Read more…

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Create instant photos with the HP Sprocket Camera Printer, on sale for $60 off at Best Buy

Create instant photos with the HP Sprocket Camera Printer, on sale for $60 off at Best Buy

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Instant pictures are a fun way to have physical reminders of some of your favorite memories. But lugging around a camera that prints instant photos isn’t always the most convenient. Yeah, you could just print photos at the drugstore, but that takes away the fun of being in the moment. 

The HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer is a camera with a built-in printer and it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The neat thing about the Sprocket is you’re not limited to just printing photos you take with the camera — you can connect your smartphone and print photos from your camera roll as well.  Read more…

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Why is everyone on Twitter talking about towels?

Why is everyone on Twitter talking about towels?

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Good morning, everyone. Apparently we’re mad about towels. 

Scrolling through Twitter on Monday, you might have seen a feed full of people arguing over the amount of towels you’re supposed to own. The Great Towel Debate started when Twitter user @Advil asked followers to settle an argument between him and his girlfriend. 

“We have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two,” he tweeted. 

hello fellow adults. my gf and i have a question… what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two.

— abdul (@Advil) February 17, 2019 Read more…

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Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder […]…

Polyteia launches to help European city governments put their data to work

Polyteia launches to help European city governments put their data to work

Local governments collect a lot of data, but they aren’t always great at organizing and using it efficiently. Instead of letting useful municipal insights sit around in disparate databases, some not even digital, Berlin-based Polyteia proposes a platform that would allow city leaders to unify and analyze the data that represents the constituents that they […]…