Posts Tagged: nature

But are they born by bursting out of people’s chests?

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In what might just be the coolest piece of science news this year, it turns out that Moray Eels have two sets of jaws. A normal one, and a retractable inner one that they use for biting things that are already held in the primary mouth. Not only is this a spectacularly cool thing for… Read more »

Rods

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I’d never heard of Rods before today, and I don’t think I’d really missed out. Apparently, they’re a long, stick shaped critter that flies about the landscape too fast to be seen by the naked eye, but not too fast to be picked up by cameras. Actually, they’re insects moving fast enough that the comparatively… Read more »

Baiji not quite as extinct as we thought

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A little under a year ago, I blogged that the Baiji, or Yangtzi River Dolphin was extinct. Well, I’m extremely happy to report that we may have been a little premature in writing them off. The BBC is now reporting that earlier this month, a Chinese fisherman saw and filmed what was most likely a… Read more »

The danger of colloquialisms

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Carl Zimmer posted an interesting article last night about historical biogeography, and the clues we can get about continental drift (amongst other things,) from the distribution of fauna. Generally smaller, less mobile, and more environmentally picky creatures are the most use, since they don’t tend to get around by other means, and this piece writes… Read more »

Korean Pizza

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No, you didn’t read that title wrong. This is just fantastic. Weird adverts for weird (to us) Korean Pizza. Oh, and I want a bow that fires Weiner sausages with enough force to embed them in things! Maybe if that guy in the first advert had one he could have used it to fend off… Read more »

lolbear

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lol-ised decent-size photo of that comedy news story from a few months back. I couldn’t resist. The image came from The Scientific Life, and I’m basically crossing my fingers hoping that it’s OK to reproduce it…

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I say, I say, I say… my dog has two noses.

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The BBC is reporting that a breed of two-nosed dogs has been discovered in Bolivia. It’s hereditary, which suggests a genetic rather than developmental cause, although it sounds like they are only sometimes viable (at least when one of the parents is a one-nosed dog.) Apparently, the other dogs don’t like them, which is interesting… Read more »

OK, what the hell is that?

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This is one of the freakiest things I’ve ever seen. And I have no idea what it is – does anyone out there know? If I had to guess, I’d say it’s one of the following: A Photoshop job (or some other hoax – maybe it looked like that but didn’t move, in which case…

Are we alone?

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A little while ago, in the comments on my post about that stupid peanut butter video, I pointed out that we probably wouldn’t be able to detect new life even if it did crop up in our peanut butter. Carl Zimmer has an interesting article at Discover about what those challenges are and how we… Read more »