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Archives for May, 2007

This month marks Carl Linnaeus’ 300th birthday and biology textbooks still look much the way he imagined they should. Linnaeus is the father of the ranking system of classifying the living world. You might remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, genus, species from the back of your hand in 9th grade biology class. Indeed, this system…

Thylacine: the Tasmanian Tiger

The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial and lived in Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. Known as both the Tasmanian Tiger and Tasmanian Wolf, it is believed that thylacines were hunted to extinction in the 20th century. Although sightings are still reported, scientists are skeptical because, for the most part, people are idiots. Sharing…

Where Little Mermaids Fear to Tread

The Antarctic Benthic Deep-Sea Biodiversity Project (ANDEEP) has been working on an unprecedented project to document marine life near the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. 80% of the isopods identified are entirely new species. Another species, foraminifera, single celled organisms with decorative shells, have also been identified in the waters beneath the North Pole. It…

Per Gizmodo’s Jack Ventura, the Japanese government has spent $12,000,000 over the past two years developing “silver technology.” For those of you, like every single person reading this, unfamiliar with this term, apparently it refers to robots designed to help lonely old people. The seal was on display at the recent RoboBusiness 2007 conference in…

You Are What You Eat?

A team of Florida International University zoologists studying poison arrow frogs in South America have identified the source of the colorful critters’ toxicity. Researchers have long known that the amphibians do not produce the toxic compounds, alkaloids, themselves, but were uncertain of their origins. The FIU team discovered that the frogs were eating tiny oribatid…

Do Fruit Flies Have Free Will?

The results of a diabolical experiment are forcing scientists and philosophers to reevaluate their notions of free will. Bj/drn Brembs from the Free University in Berlin began his experiment by postulating that if fruit flies are no more than biological robots simply reacting to their environments (i.e. beings without free will), then they should move…

Good God Almighty….(From Sir David Attenborough’s “Life in the Undergrowth”)[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgLmUb5P_Ws] Add to: Slashdot del.icio.usredditnewsvineY! MyWeb

Throwing Tiny Pies at Insects

After careful research, it turns out the footage in this Motorola commercial is in fact real. Pretty ridiculous. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6nshKhqyqU] Add to: Slashdot del.icio.usredditnewsvineY! MyWeb

Cowbird Mafioso

Brown-headed cowbirds cannot incubate their own eggs. Instead, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, who incubate them and raise the cowbird chicks as their own. According to a new study by Jeff Hoover of the Florida Museum of Natural History published in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences the cowbirds…