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Archives for August, 2007

So that title may be a little sensationalistic… but the web is alive this morning (no pun intended) with stories about an enormous series of interconnected webs spread out over a 200 yard area in North Texas. Researchers and visitors alike have been drawn to the sprawling web, but were uncertain whether it was created…

In a surprise move, the white-flag dolphin came out of extinction to perform some acrobatics for a Chinese factory owner (is there any other kind?) with a digital camera. This was particularly notable as the dolphin was declared “most likely extinct” by a Chinese scientist just a week ago, which was instantly translated to “definitively…

A Tiny Arthropod Tells A Tectonic Story

Fascinating piece in the Science Times today concerning Dr. Gonzalo Giribet and a group of Harvard biologists’ research of the tiny mite harvestman and what it tells us about plate tectonics. Although biogeography informing plate tectonics is nothing new and indeed the concept of continental drift originated with German scientist Alfred Wegner’s observation that similar…

Fainting Goats

Domestication has enabled many a bizarre mutation to endure that almost certainly would have led to doom in the wild. The fainting goat must be high up on this list. This entire breed of domestic goat suffers from myotonia congenita, which causes the animals’ muscles to freeze for approximately 10 seconds when excited. This usually…

Categorize this Delicious!

Here are my rationalizations for posting this on Zooillogix: #1 I can’t find anything else at the moment that is anywhere near as interesting #2 There’s an abundance of animal life on these pizzas #3 It’s friggin awesome Without further explanaton, may I introduce two remarkable inventions from South Korea. More specifically, Pizza Hut South…

Baby Beluga in Chicago

The alphabetically superior member of the Bleiman brother duo, Andrew (me), lives in Chicago, where he is lucky enough to have a truly world-class institution in the Shedd Aquarium. On Thursday last week, the Shedd’s resident female beluga whale, Mauyak, gave birth to a plump 100lb. 5.5 ft calf. Shortly after the birth, the calf…

Songs of Insects Jukebox

Does your cubicle mate play “adult contemporary” while you writhe in agony? Well now you can strike back with the classic rock stylings of your favorite insects! Lang Elliot and Will Hershberger have recently completed a practical guide to 76 species of singing insects, including crickets, katydids and cicadas of eastern and central North America.…

Peter’s elephantnose fish has long been a laughing stock of scientists. But now, due to a new study by researchers at the University of Bonn, Germany, the hilarious looking creature’s reputation might improve due to an astonishing attribute. He’s got the whole world….in his nose! According to the researchers’ study, released in the Journal of…

Gallerie d’Bug Arte

“I’m probably the only person to ever remove a grasshopper from Richard Burton’s crotch.” This past Sunday, the Washington Post brought a fascinating entomologist to our attention: Steven Kutcher, bug wrangler to the stars. Getting his start in show business quite haphazardly when he was asked to help arrange a plague of locusts for the…

Squirrels in California have developed a clever method of intimidating rattlesnakes. According to a recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, when confronting rattlesnakes, California ground squirrels heat their tails and shake them vigorously. The process works like this: the snakes rely on sneak attacks to catch their prey and use…