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Archives for October, 2009

Beautiful and fascinating footage of a Bloodbelly Comb (not a jellyfish, but similarly gelatinous, like my brother) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s remote operated vehicle. The laser light show comes from tiny transparent, hair-like cilia combined with trace amounts of LSD that will forever remain in your spine. I could point out that it appears…

Most Extreme Animal Shirts

Straight from Katie and Andrew’s closets we bring you this Mountain Dew-soaked photographic essay. An explosive herbivore bursts forth from your chest So many, many more below the fold…

Meet Hobbie-J, not your average Long Evans rat: (photo from Medical College of Georgia) Behind that unassuming beady eye lurks the smartest rat-brain ever engineered. You see, Hobbie-J is what scientists Dr. Joe Tsien and Dr. Xiaohua Cao call a “transgenic rat.” Her dramatically increased intelligence is the result of genetic tinkering. By over-expressing little…

One of the world’s few flightless parrots, the Kakapo is endemic to New Zealand and is notable for having parrot sex with this guy’s head. This is basically Benny’s dream date. Thanks to reader Heather H. for sending along.

In a surprise discovery, scientists have discovered the first known mostly vegetarian spider in the jungle mountains of Costa Rica and Mexico. The Bagheera kiplingi was observed feasting not on flies or gnats but on the buds of the acacia plant. Science has known about the Bagheera kiplingi since the late 1800’s when naturalists collected…

Toilet Training of the Shrew

I’ve often pondered how wonderful the world would be if the kitchen and bathroom served the same purpose. It looks like the mountain shrew of Malaysian Borneo has already reached that promised land. Their diet mainly consists of the nectar that lines the underside of pitcher plant leaves. When dinner is done, the shrew simply…

Jurrassic Park Meets the Muppets

A ridiculously cool dinosaur encounter on a German TV show. Part animatronics, part puppet show, and part Sprockets. Some great Halloween costume ideas.