At Ars Technica Live this month, we had the pleasure of talking to ecologist Neil Tsutsui. He runs the Tsutsui Lab at UC Berkeley, where researchers study the behavior and communications strategies of ants. In a sense, Neil is trying to figure out how to talk to ants. Of course, it's a lot more complicated than that. Ants "see" the world by using their antennae to smell and taste everything around them. To communicate with each other, ants use dozens of chemicals naturally secreted by their bodies. Sometimes they lay trails of pheromones to guide each other to food, and sometimes they'll put one drop of a chemical on a leg and wave it in the air until it evaporates and spreads to other ants on the wind. Neil and his lab are at the forefront of cracking the ant code. They've figured out how to lead ants around by manufacturing a copy of the trail pheromone. They can make ants scatter in fear by using alarm pheromones, and they've created "friend" pheromones that ants in the same … [Read more...] about You’ve heard of invasive ants, but what about kidnapper ants?
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In context: With every passing quarter, Apple announces a new record in services revenue, which has quickly grown to become the company's second biggest revenue stream after the iPhone. The problem -- at least in the eye of EU regulators and Apple's competitors in the services industry -- is that it managed to achieve this performance by gatekeeping the App Store and using unfair policies to keep any competition at bay. Apple is currently facing several antitrust battles across the US, Europe, and Australia, for allegedly exerting monopolistic power over the App Store and using it to put competitors at a disadvantage. This has even led to the creation of a " Coalition for App Fairness " to promote freedom of choice and the idea of alternative app stores in the Apple ecosystem. Following a complaint made by Spotify in 2019 regarding Apple's supposedly unfair licensing agreements for streaming app developers that operate in the App Store, the European Commission started an … [Read more...] about European Commission finds Apple’s App Store in violation of EU competition rules
The Great Gatsby is one of the most anticipated films of the spring, and in typical Baz Luhrmann tradition ( Romeo + Juliet , Moulin Rouge! ) the soundtrack is an event itself. Today, Mashable is exclusively offering the first listen to "Together," a new song from the xx , which was written for the film and will appear on the star-studded soundtrack. You can also listen via YouTube: Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby [ iTunes link ] also features new material from Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine and Lana Del Rey, as well as a cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" performed by Beyoncé and André 3000. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. It arrives in theaters May 10. Warner Bros. describes the movie as such: The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, … [Read more...] about Listen to the xx’s New Song on ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack
A rare mineral known from just three massive meteorite impacts has now turned up in a Wisconsin crater. Researchers discovered the mineral, called reidite, at the Rock Elm impact structure in western Wisconsin. Reidite is a dense form of zircon , one of the hardiest minerals on Earth. This is the oldest reidite ever found,, said Aaron Cavosie, a geochemist at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. The Rock Elm meteorite crater is 450 million to 470 million years old, he said. Scientists first discovered the unusual high-pressure zircon in a laboratory in the 1960s. Reidite was finally identified in nature starting in 2001, at three impact sites: the Chesapeake Bay Crater in Virginia, Ries Crater in Germany and Xiuyan Crater in China. The reidite was an utterly unexpected find for Cavosie, who was collecting zircons to establish a more precise impact age for the Rock Elm crater. "No one in their right mind would have looked for reidite in sandstone," he told … [Read more...] about Rare Mineral Discovered in Ancient Meteorite Impact Crater
It's about damn time. After two weeks of talking about balls , some actual football will finally be played on Feb. 1 when Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Glendale, Arizona, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Super Bowl XLIX is being broadcast on NBC, which for the first time is also offering a full live stream of the game — no login required. But first: You gotta get up to speed. And that's where our Super Bowl XLIX preview comes in. See also: It's about the team: Why Marshawn Lynch doesn't talk to media Read on for how the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks arrived at history's doorstep, the crucial battles to watch, keys to the game — and more. The roads they traveled, the stories they bring Super Bowl Sunday delivers a perfect clash of storylines. In Seattle, we have the NFL's newest powerhouse and a team looking to become the first back-to-back champs since 2005. The team that did it then? New England. But today the Patriots are an aging dynasty that hasn't won a Super … [Read more...] about Super Bowl XLIX preview: The battles (and balls) to watch