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The Barreleye See Through Head Mystery

The barreleye has been known to science since 1939 but scientists have never understood why the fish had a see-through head. Well now researchers at MBARI have solved the mystery: the barreleyes’ see-through heads allow them to read each others’ thoughts! OK not true. Actually, their see through heads allow their long tubular eyes to…

It is common knowledge that Andrew and I have a thing for mantis shrimps. Simply put, they are sweet. Andrew even has a poster of a mantis shrimp on the ceiling in his bedroom. New research in a recent issue of Current Biology indicates that these amazing creatures are even MORE incredible than we thought.…

The Science of Bubble Rings

Great video of cooped up dolphins blowing underwater bubble rings to pass the time. Before we get all out of sorts that this is some sort of compulsive, depressive behavior from being locked up, note that this been observed in the wild as well. I just can’t help but look at that and wish that…

You’d have to be mentally deficient to believe Japan’s claims that their hunting of 900 whales is being done for “research” purposes. But how far should people go to stop the slaughter? The Australian government has condemned the killing. People have waged protests. But it seems nothing can stop those wacky Japanese from persisting with…

Any snail enthusiast knows that their favorite creatures’ shells follow certain stead-fast rules: They are cone shaped, right handed, and spiral on a single axis logarithmically. Well, let me just tell you what a shock it was to the snail community when scientists recently discovered the Opisthostoma vermiculum in Malaysia. The snail version of James…

Why do some creatures forgo their own reproduction to help their relatives survive and reproduce? While we all might like to believe that naked mole rats really do care and are thus willing to sacrifice their creepy little lives for the good of the colony, the true answer probably has more to do with gene…

Birds Have Bionic Vision

Birds have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field, and now scientists believe that they may actually “see” it with their eyes. According to a study posted on PLoS, a molecule known to be in birds’ eyes that is sensitive to magnetic fields is directly linked to a part of birds’ brains where visual…