Posts Tagged: nature

Crabby awesomeness

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Those tireless defenders of seriously odd lifeforms everywhere, the Bleiman Brothers, have the the most awesome photo ever over on Zooilogix. It’s a photo of a Hermit Crab. In a glass shell. Seriously, you have to check it out!

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Hummingbird’s singing feathers

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The BBC is reporting on some new research that show the characteristic chirp of the Anna’s Hummingbird is most likely made by vibrations of the tail feathers during high speed descents. It’s interesting stuff, and I’ve got to say, I’m both worried and intrigued by the statement (emphasis added): “We use high-speed video of diving birds, experimental manipulation… Read more »

That 2.5M Sea Scopion

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By now you’ll have all noticed the stories about a newly discovered breed of giant sea scorpion, which terrorised aquatic environments 300 million years ago. The BBC and CNN have both reported on it. Sloppily. Quite aside from Kevin Z’s valid criticisms of the CNN coverage, the thing both sites have utterly failed to mention… Read more »

Dead snake-handler’s family sues hospital

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This is an interesting case. The family of a woman who died after being bitten while handling a rattlesnake during a religious service have sued the hospital she was taken to for failing to correctly treat her. They claim After being taken into the hospital at 8:09 p.m., Long said she was having trouble breathing,… Read more »

Mutant cephalopods

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It’s still a couple of months before this years cephalopodmas, but already my hopes are raised that this may be the year the Great Cthulhu stirs from his ancient slumber to consume us all. See; he sends forth his minions from the depths to strike fear into the very hearts of men. One thing I’m… Read more »

It’s International Cephalopod Awareness Day!

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And you thought I’d forgotten! Predictably, you can check out the cephalopodcast blog (or just click the link above) for links to all the nice people doing tenticular things by way of celebration. I just wish I had something to share… Well, I guess there’s always lolthulhu; I could link to that? No? OK, never… Read more »

The cutest cephalopod I’ve ever seen

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PZ posts a picture of a cephalopod every Friday and, given my obsession with the order, it’s a constant battle for me not just to mirror those posts every week, but I resist; after all, if people really want to see pictures of cephalopods every Friday, they probably already read his site. This week I… Read more »