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Archives for September, 2007

Tough Love for Fat Hamsters

With water on tap and plentiful food pellets, hamsters live seemingly carefree lives… But there is a darker side to the hamster experience: hamster obesity. The first step is admitting to yourself that your hamster is a fat-ass and should be ashamed of her appearance. The second step is purchasing this awesome Japanese hamster-wheel pedometer.…

Birds Have Bionic Vision

Birds have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field, and now scientists believe that they may actually “see” it with their eyes. According to a study posted on PLoS, a molecule known to be in birds’ eyes that is sensitive to magnetic fields is directly linked to a part of birds’ brains where visual…

Japanese Create “See-Through” Frogs

Those crazy Japanese have done it again! By combining two types of recessive genes that cause frogs to be pale, they have created a frog with almost transparent skin. Unfortunately for the frogs, the advantages to testing on a see-through critter are numerous. For example, “You can see through the skin how organs grow, how…

Jellyfish Mood Lamp

So they are not actually real but this might be the next lava lamp. The “tank” contains three somewhat realistic jellyfish that swim about in all of their plastic glory. Six LEDs illuminate the critters and change color in order to “change your mood…” Soon to be available for £25, Zooillogix advises purchasing this ridiculous…

Giant Lobster Pic

Undated, unidentified giant lobster picture from the crazy Russian news.

Genital Wars: Bat Bugs

Researchers have discovered that bat bugs, an African insect, have developed an interesting evolutionary trait to protect themselves from….themselves. According to this article on nationalgeographic.com, bat bugs–a relative and fellow blood sucker to bed bugs–have a pretty gruesome mating ritual. Male bat bugs do not perform their coital duties like gentleman. Rather, they prefer to…

Award-Winning Animal Shots

Ok, so there isn’t much scientific merit to this, but who cares? Bats are my (Benny’s) favorite animals! This shot of an insectivorous bat won the prestigious British Visions of Science and Technology award. Keep reading for some more sweet zoological shots from the competition’s “Short List,” and definitely check out their website.

Rare Pink Dolphin Pictures

This extremely rare and beautiful “pink dolphin” was spotted and photographed by Capt. Erik Rue of Calcasieu Charter Service on June 24th, 2007 during a charter fishing trip on Calcasieu Lake south of Lake Charles, LA. An albino dolphin, with reddish eyes and glossy pink skin, the critter was smaller than its companions suggesting that…

Incredible Mantis Pictures Round II

These come from photographer Igor Siwanowicz. Absolutely spectacular. Check out tons of his incredible work here. Idolomantis diabolica Unidentified Idolomantis diabolica

Hookworms Are Nature’s Claritin

Tired of sneezing all the time? Just inject a bunch of parasitic worms into your system and say goodbye to those pesky allergies. How can you stay mad at this face? Scientists are looking at the possibility of using hookworms to combat hay fever, asthma and even Crohn’s disease. The worms grow to approximately a…