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Archives for April, 2009

So you start out with a simple experiment, so simple in fact, that it sounds like Andrew and I came up with it when we were seven: How long do different species of spider survive underwater? You take 120 wolf spiders of three different species that live in marsh lands, and you submerge them underwater…

Festo is officially my new favorite company, supplanting Gama-Go even with their squid wallets. With a seemingly limitless budget to create non-commercially viable robots, Festo is run by Morgan Freeman, who now goes exclusively by the moniker Lucius Fox. As if flying death jellyfish weren’t enough, Festo now brings us flying death penguins… Death March…

Seasick Fish

A German scientist has been putting his funding to good use by placing a tank full of goldfish into a plane and then having the plane free fall to simulate zero gravity conditions in order to determine once and for all whether fish are susceptible to seasickness. A) They are. B) What the &%#@? What…

Cuddle-less Cuttlefish

by Katie the lowly intern Just when you started to feel comforted by the surge of popular culture embracing cephalopods on TV, apparel and porn, scientists spoon out a dose of brutal reality. Researchers from University of Melbourne, University of Brussels and Museum Victoria have revealed another terrifying fact about octopuses. It’s not enough that…

New giftuses from Zooillogix readers and friends and, I must say, they are freakin outstanding. First and foremost, a long long overdue thank you to Liz of Surplus Cats who sent a Pittsburgh Zoo shot glass so long ago Ben hadn’t even had his “operation” yet. It’s an instant classic if I do say so…

A new species of dolphin dubbed the snubfin has been witnessed displaying some very unusual feeding behavior off the northern coast of Australia. Apparently the dolphins were witnessed chasing fish to the surface of the water and then streaming jets of water out of their mouths to round the fish up before eating them. I’m…

This Is How Giraffes Fight

You like that, son?

Kingsford the Tiny Pot Bellied Pig

Dude Kingsford Goes to the Beach – video powered by Metacafe via CMYKaboom!

by Katie the Lowly Intern As a kid, I was always interested in bioluminescence: So I can’t really pass up the chance to post about beings that can produce their own light. Marine biologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been playing around with bioluminescent fireworms. Odontosyllis phosphorea Dimitri Deheyn and…

Ms. C Has a Thing For Hermit Crabs

Last fall many of you donated via Donor’s Choose to one of three school science projects selected by Zooillogix for their direct impact of bringing creepy crawlies into the classroom. Today we have our first thank you from Ms. Daisy C’s class in Brooklyn. In this undated picture, kids in Ms. C’s classroom are clearly…