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Archives for April, 2007

A 60lb, 44″ shortraker rockfish was reeled in off the coast of Alaska last month. The fish has a bone in its ear that develops rings like a tree trunk, allowing scientists to approximate the fish’s age to be between 90-115 years old.When I was your age, we didn’t have “fins.” Shortraker rockfish, sebastes borealisi…

Polar Bears Vs Nuclear Submarines!

The US Navy routinely conducts silent war games beneath the North Pole with foreign nuclear submarines. Occasionally the subs must poke their conning towers through the ice for communications, energy and research. However, when they expose themselves, they open themselves to the possibility of a vicious polar bear attack!!! Well, maybe these bears are just…

Apparently after a long night of drinking, Egyptian fruit bats wake up craving particular types of sugar. In a recent study, Francisco Sanchez from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) showed that the bats prefer foods high in the sugar molecule, fructose, after eating slightly fermented figs and dates. Fructose is known to reduce…

A four-legged duckling named Stumpy has beaten the odds and survived into adulthood. Born with two extra legs behind his normal pair at the Warrawee Duck Farm in Hampshire, England, Stumpy has appeared in countless television shows and photo shoots across the globe. When Nicky Janaway, his owner, saw Stumpy’s extra legs for the first…

Dr Melody Clark of the British Antarctic Survey recently presented two bizarre adaptations that arthropods use to stave off cold temperatures. At the Society for Experimental Biology’s Annual Meeting in Glasgow last week, Clark showed how the Onychiurus arcticus, an Artic arthropod, copes with the freezing winters. As the surrounding temperatures fall, the Onychiurus arcitus…

Jellyfish Have Human-Like Eyes

Most jellyfish drift freely in the ocean current but the dangerous box jellyfish is an active swimmer. To help it navigate, the box jellyfish has 24 eyes that dangle from their cube-shaped bodies. One set of eyes is remarkably well developed and can detect color, size and shape, similar to our own eyes. At Lund…