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Archives for July, 2007

Elephants Steer Clear of Landmines

Elephants migrating into Angola seem to have learned how to avoid land mines, according to an article in National Geographic. During Angola’s long and gruesome civil war, thousands of elephants were slaughtered. Since peace has returned, so have the pachyderms. Specifically, the elephants are making their way back to the Luiana Partial Reserve in the…

Monster Chimps Not a Myth Afterall

Locals deep in the forests of the Congo have told stories of massive, lion-eating chimps for more than 200 years. Called bili apes or Bondo mystery apes, these creatures had previously been considered as scientifically important as the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot and the theory of intelligent design. Suddenly, however, scientists have begun to change…

Late last month the Genesis II Pathfinder spacecraft was delivered into orbit and along with it went a bold group of unwitting arthropods. Bigelow Aerospace was founded in 1999 with the vision of creating orbital hotels for “space tourists.” In an equally lucrative move, this Space Camp for bugs was conceived by Robert Bigelow, the…

The BBC is reporting that the British military is being blamed for a plague of ferocious badgers in and around the city of Basra. Apparently word has spread quickly among local residents that “man-eating, bear-like beasts” were released in order to sow panic. A vicious honey badger hungry for jihadi blood, Mellivora capensis Although several…

Bentley the Apt Named Duckling

And yet more troubling bird imagery from the same friends who brought us Deviled Ostrich Egg and Baby Cockatiel: Bentley’s Bio courtesy of friend Pat Deering from New Mexico Bentley is a deformed duckling. His neck is bent down and around to his left side. If he is ,Aeufacing,Aeu forward, his head is looking at…

Aphids: Martyrs or Murderers?

The great majority of cabbage aphids are peace-loving. To aphids, ladybugs are infidels. And what’s the greatest way to stop an infidel? A suicide bomb of course! In order to stave off their ladybug enemies, cabbage aphids strike back with internally produced, mustard oil bombs. The mustard oil–emitted in a single, deadly burst–either disables or…

First Footage of an Arctic Reef

In the frigid waters off the coast of Norway lives a massive coral reef. With a footprint of over 40 kilometers across, the Rost Reef was discovered by echo sound equipment in 2002. Though the water at the bottom is only 2 degrees Centigrade above freezing, the reef is host to abundant life from plankton…

Some Birds Don?t Dig the Oldies

Scientists have long known that birds develop local dialects, but they didn’t know that birds’ languages can go out of style with the times. According to an article in England’s Daily Mail, behavioral ecologist Elizabeth Derryberry tested songs of male whitecrowned sparrows from the 1970′s against songs recorded this year. When Derryberry played the modern…

The Truth About Gummy Worms

Buddenbrockia plumatellae Discovered in 1851, the Buddenbrockia worm has long confounded scientists–it seems like a worm, but has some very unworm-like characteristics. Unlike similar looking creatures, such as nematodes, the Buddenbrockia’s body does not have separate organs. Its insides are totally symmetric. According to Professor Peter Holland of Oxford University,Aeos Department of Zoology as quoted…

So maybe it doesn’t “terrorize” so much as it “fascinates” nerds like us, but nevertheless, a truly bizarre critter has emerged from the depths of the Pacific. Researchers at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii used a 3,000 foot hose to suck the hapless cephalopod up from the black depths off Keahole Point last week.…