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Archives for March, 2008

Researchers from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research have discovered hundreds of potentially new species. Part of the International Polar Year survey program, the critters were hauled up from the briny depths around Antarctica. Among the 30,000 once living beings now in formaldehyde are huge sea spiders, jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles, enormous…

Dog Robot

Why are we posting so many videos these days you ask? I don’t know! Anyway this is both cool and somewhat off-putting/frightening but only because it is awesome. From Slashdot: “The US company Boston Dynamics has released an amazing new video of its quadruped robot BigDog. The highlight of the video (at 1:24) shows how…

Monkey Torture

Cutting edge research from The State Thanks to Pete Angelastro for reminding us about this classic awesomeness.

Amazing Rare Things

A new exhibition of nature drawings, paintings and renderings has just opened at Buckingham Palace. The event focuses around four artists and a collector (Leonardo da Vinci, Cassiano dal Pozzo, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby) who lived from the mid 15th century to the late 18th. As an added bonus the exhibit,…

Ants Versus Termites

A particularly close-up and violent ant versus termite video.

Robotic Climbing Insect

Climbing Insect Robot Official roboty info: RiSE is a small six-legged robot that climbs vertical terrain such as walls, trees and fences. RiSE’s feet have claws, micro-claws or sticky material, depending on the climbing surface. RiSE changes posture to conform to the curvature of the climbing surface and a fixed tail helps RiSE balance on…

Zooillogix is sad to report the not-entirely-unexpected passing of a local celebrity from rural New Mexico. Bentley was born on Pat King’s bird ranch in the summer of 2007 and quickly charmed her way into the hearts of all seven of Zooillogix’s readers at the time. As the pictures show, Bentley was born with a…

Walrus Rocks Out

What’s different about this than people swimming with Whale Sharks? Fundamentally… probably nothing. However, I think this falls into the lighter shades of gray that the zoo and aquarium world must operate in, and ultimately I’m OK with, for the following reasons: 1. Walrus training is fairly common and does not pose a physical threat…

Statutory Rape

Aptly named by whoever started this viral email… Hmmm…what’s that moose up to? The images below the fold are morally reprehensible, even by moose standards.

Sleeping Whales

A Japanese research vessel bonanza. Note that there is no sound on this vid so as not to wake the whales…