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Archives for August, 2008

The Evolution of Yarn

There’s no interesting news. It appears all the world’s animals have finally been discovered, their strange mating behaviors documented, and their interest in acting all crazy for YouTube evaporated. But we are undaunted. We will make the logical transition and become a knitting blog. Once again, we bring you critters from Mochimochi Land complete with…

Magpies Recognize Themselves

A German researcher has proven that a species other than a mammal is capable of recognizing its own reflection: the magpie. In order to test this theory, Chancellor Helmut Prior of the Goethe University stuck stickers on a group of hand-reared magpies in places that the magpies could only see in a mirror. When the…

Scientists have turned to elephant seals to collect data on the changing climate of Antarctica, one of the areas most sensitive to climate change. Previously, the scientists had what they called a “blind spot” under the sea ice, particularly in understanding how quickly sea ice forms during the winter months. The team, led by Jean-Benoit…

Sniffing Underwater

A ScienceFriday video podcast from over a year ago on how the star-nosed mole and other mammals can actually sniff for prey underwater. I wonder if this is what my dog is doing and she sticks her nose to the base of the door and snorts as people approach.

Elbow Deep in Whale Poop!

Researchers at the New England Aquarium have stepped into a totally new method of studying Atlantic’s threatened population of right whales – collecting and analyzing floating feces to test the population’s health! I didn’t know whales ate corn! Right whales got their name because they were the “right” whale to catch during whaling’s hey day,…

Sex Crazed Oysters Transmit Herpes

The French love their raw oysters. In fact, the French consume the most herpes, I mean oysters, per capita in the world; an average of 2kg! That’s a lot of raw oyster. Well the French were horrified to learn last week that their care-free raw oystering lifestyle had finally hit the rocks. 40 to 100…

Arthropod Aesthetic

The firm Site Specific Design, creates furniture inspired by arthropods (particularly chilopoda), mollusks, and the other critters that live under decaying leaf matter. Creative Director, Rui Docouto, explained that as a child he was fascinated with “bugs.” “The goal with the bug-lamps was to give them a feeling of movement as though they were alive…

Henry the Tuatara has recently knocked up one of his mates, Mildred, who’s only 70-80 (scaaaandal!), in their museum enclosure/retirement complex at the Southland Museum on New Zealand’s South Island. The couple now have a stack of 12 eggs. Ladies, a little known fact about Henry…My dentures are removable. Yup, you heard me right. Henry…

Fascinating video from the PBS special, Dogs that Changed the World, on the changes that took place when foxes were bred for tameness in the former Soviet Union. This was originally posted on Greg Laden’s Blog but I had to repost it here.

Australian snubfin dolphins. They don’t look so ugly to us, but then again, Andrew and I are hideous to behold ourselves.