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Archives for June, 2007

Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendidus Researchers from James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia have made a startling discovery: gobies intentionally deprive themselves of food to avoid conflict with their rulers. Goby society is lorded over by the largest males and females and these are the only individuals allowed to breed. If a smaller goby tries…

Japan Has a Bug Problem

But I just want to cuddle! Bathynomus giganteus In what might be described as the world’s most destructive termite problem, Hotboro Island is actually being eaten away by isopods only about an inch long. Isopods are not in fact insects, but primitive crustaceans ranging in size from the size of a pin to the size…

Seeing Eye Horse?

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A Maclaud’s horseshoe bat (being held in a glove) poses for the ladies… For the first time, scientists photographed a Maclaud’s horseshoe bat in the forests of Guinea in West Africa. These bats had not been seen in the wild in over 40 years. The featured photo was snapped by German biologist Natalie Webber, who…

Dramatic TV Moment!

Thanks to LonelyFatGuy, our Belgian friend

Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barbara-Anne…… According to a new study from Cornell University, African electric fish engage in a dueling performance of electric pulses when in courtship. Scientists had known that the fish emitted electric signals to explore their surroundings and communicate sex and social standing. This, however, was the first research comparing the electric emissions of breeding and…

Firefighters in Pocatello, Idaho, pulled the lifeless bodies of four cats and an albino rat from a blaze and then managed to bring them back back to life through artificial resuscitation. The fire department had purchased tiny oxygen masks for use on small animals two years ago. Do cats hear “wha-wha-wha-wha-wha” also?The firefighter who rescued…

Sea Monkeys on Steroids

Triops australiensisWhere the hell were these things when I was a kid? Triops are small crustaceans in the class branchiopoda, that grow quickly and massively, reaching three inches or longer at full size. Their external appearance has apparently not changed since the appearance of Triops cancrifromis, 220 million years ago in the Triassic Period. This…

Secrets of Black Widow Silk Revealed

Tougher than steel and Kevlar, the silk of the black widow spider has long been coveted by manufacturing companies, defense contractors and comic-book reading nerds as a possible material of the future. Scientists have spent years decoding pieces of the spiders’ silk making genes, but now Nadia Ayoub and a group of researchers at the…

Don’t look at me, I’m hideously bloated! Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Negev, Israel, have identified whiteleg shrimp as the only known species where the male has a reproductive cycle or “period.” The male whitelegs–actually a type of prawn–generate two sperm packets per month which they attach to their female mates during reproduction. If, however,…