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Archives for October, 2007

Fish that Live in Trees

Scientists were startled last month when they discovered that mangrove killifish, a fish native to Florida, Central America and the Caribbean, spend weeks of the year living in the rotten branches of trees, fully out of the water. The fish typically live in pools of water made by the roots of mangrove trees. When those…

Scientists at the University of Puerto Rico have discovered that sea cucumbers heal better than most animals in the world by directing their healing abilities toward their organs first. Scientists have long known that sea cucumbers belong to an exclusive group of creatures that is capable of both healing their wounds and regenerating parts of…

The AP just reported that project leader Dr. Larry Madin of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Phillipine scientists returned from two weeks in the Celebes Sea, located off the Phillippines southernmost archipelago, this Tuesday with some potential new deep sea discoveries. Among the more interesting finds were a strange black jellyfish, a transparent sea…

Guy Gets What He Deserves

We were sent a link to this vid by a promotions guy working for National Geographic hoping we would bring some grass roots attention to a new show they have coming up. Well we will, but only because it’s great watching this moron get what he deserves. Hopefully we will see more of Brady Barr…

A UK-based company recently unveiled a new mousetrap that utilizes technology rather than Monterey jack to capture and then slaughter adorable mice. The company, Rentokil (nope, not kidding), has developed a contraption that looks like the opening to a tunnel, preying on mice’s natural curiosity that any dark hole may have delicious food waiting inside.…

Scientists working in Yellowstone National Park have shown how pregnant and new mother moose use humans to help ward off potential predators. Why did the moose cross the road? The scientists tracked a number of moose starting in the year 1995 to study their movements over time. They found, to their surprise, that mother moose…

The Qatar National History Group, a Qatari (Qatarian, Qatarese?), nature outing group, recently discovered what is believed to be a new species of sea slug. The pictures of the colorful critter were reviewed by Dr. Bill Rudman, head of the Sea Slug Forum, and he believes it bears resemblance to a sea slug last seen…

Wind-Powered Animal Sculptures

The Maman sculpture inspired some American Mountain Dew drinkers to share their motorized spider vehicle with us. Well our Belgian friend, LonelyFatGuy, has answered in typically understated Flemish fashion and politely pointed us towards Theo Jansen, a remarkable Dutch artist who creates incredible mobile, wind-powered, animal-inspired sculptures. The first video gives you a taste of…

In a breakthrough heralded by some as “a major advancement toward the annihilation of the human species,” a military contractor known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is utilizing robotic hybrid insects for surveillance and intel gathering. Using microelectromechanical systems or (MEMS), researchers are able to control the movements and flight of insects…

Giant Mechanical Riding Spider

Credit where credit is due. We got this cordial heads-up from the Mondo Spider team in the comments section of the Tate Gallery Spider post: “Big deal. A spider that sits there and does nothing… We built a 1500Lb mechanical spider that we can drive.” That they did. More here as well as on YouTube