Apr 1, 2009 | 1
You just couldn’t get enough. Well, good news for all you Green Porno fans: the Isabella Rossellini insect mating vehicle is back.
Yes, the actress and model returns today with the second season of the program, which features Rossellini, 56, acting out (in costume and with evocative sound effects) how critters reproduce. Six new episodes will air on SundanceChannel.com.
Rossellini has already explained how bees, dragonflies, fireflies, spiders, earthworms, snails, flies and (fittingly for sex stereotypes of women as predators of men) the praying mantis do the deed. (Rossellini probably wouldn’t have much to act out in the world of termites, some of which reproduce asexually, as we noted last week.) She told Scientific American then that while her costumes sometimes were constricting, she could break out of them while staying in character. "Once I humped them," she said, "they came apart."
Oct 17, 2008
Here at Scientific American, we’re quite proud of our 163-year history. We especially like to point out that nearly 140 Nobel Prize winners have written for us – including three of those who won last week.
But we’re also proud to count pop culture icons among our readers. Here’s one: Queen Latifah, icon of coolness.
"I read Scientific American … and I'm just fascinated by nature and animals and insects," the actress told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a story published today. The queen plays a beekeeper who takes in two runaways in a new movie, The Secret Life of Bees. (One secret is that there’s an actress in the film named Nicky Buggs.)
Jul 23, 2008 | 5
Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands today unveiled a small, remote-controlled aircraft weighing just 0.11 ounces (three grams) and with a four-inch (10-centimeter) wingspan--just large enough to accommodate an onboard camera.
The DelFly "micro air vehicle," which flaps its wings and looks like a dragonfly, can fly for about three minutes at a speed of 16.4 feet (five meters) per second. The team hopes the DelFly Micro--Delft's third-generation robot flyer (after the 0.81-ounce (23-gram) DelFly I in 2005 and the 0.56-ounce (16-gram) DelFly II a year later) will capture images from nooks and crannies that bigger cameras cannot reach. The DelFly II's camera transmits TV-quality images, allowing it to be operated from a computer using a joystick and giving the person controlling the mechanical insect the feeling of being inside the cockpit of a miniature aircraft. The researchers are hoping to further develop the DelFly Micro's camera so that it can be used the same way. They are also working to give the DelFly Micro the ability to hover (like a hummingbird) and fly backwards (the DelFly II can do both).
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