background preloader

Interesting to know

Facebook Twitter

Un petit bijou pour les férus de la langue française et les autres. How things work sur Twitter : "Human evolution in 15 seconds. (Theory)... Une araignée se liquéfie pour être mangée par ses petits. MATRIPHAGIE.

Une araignée se liquéfie pour être mangée par ses petits

Miam, slurp… C’est un extraordinaire "déjeuner liquide" que la mère araignée Stegodyphus lineatus offre à ses bébés. Une bouillie riche en sucs maternels, mijotée pendant quelques semaines et formée de ses propres organes internes auto-dissous. Un bel exemple de cannibalisme appelé "matriphagie" (de matri – la mère – et de phage – qui mange), une stratégie évolutive radicale plutôt rare dans le monde animal. Longues d’environ 16 mm, les Stegodyphus lineatus sont des araignées velues familières de l’Europe, de l’Asie et de l’Afrique du Nord.

Elles appartiennent à la famille des Eresidae, toutes cannibales. "On savait déjà que dans cette famille d’araignées, tous les petits mangeaient leurs génitrices, explique l’entomologue Mor Salomon de l’Institut israélien Cohen pour le contrôle biologique. Ci-contre : Coupes histologiques des tissus de l'abdomen de l'araignée Stegodyphus lineatus à plusieurs stades: maturité sexuelle, naissance des petits, puis cannibalisme. SACRIFICE. Adam Lang on Twitter: "This is the best fact I've read in a long time:... Google Body - Google Labs. Something Every Teacher Should Watch. And Student. And Person. European Maps Showing Origins Of Common Words. U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture.

European Maps Showing Origins Of Common Words

It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. " That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of cultural commentary on Europe. The word for "church" shows the influence of ancient Greece: imgur/u/Bezbojnicul "Bear" appears to be influenced by Russia, where largest brown bear population in Europe can be found.

Another reddit user noted that "pi" is a prefix for "beer" in several European countries while the "pi" in the Mandarin Chinese word for beer, 啤酒 pi jiu, is a loan word from Europe. Optical Illusion: Keep Your Eyes on the Cross. The-worlds-population-concentrated.png (PNG Image, 1510 × 1787 pixels) - Scaled (56%) These 31 charts will destroy your faith in humanity. Earlier this week, Rob Wile of Business Insider posted his graph-heavy opus: "31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.

These 31 charts will destroy your faith in humanity

" Naturally, we here at Wonkblog were all eager to see the results. But we'd quibble a bit with Wile's interpretations of the data. His charts all struck us as horrible news. So we're re-analyzing them here with the proper, gloom-heavy spin: 1) Inter-state wars are on the rise since 2002. Systemic Peace 2) Dictatorships still exist: 3) We haven't eradicated human slavery: It's Getting Better All The Time / Stephen Moore & Julian Simon 4) People around the world are becoming just as lazy as the French: "The Improving State of the World" (c) Cato Institute 2007. Pi. 6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened. America's Freak Luck During the Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway may be remembered as one of the most spectacular naval battles in history and one of the huge turning points in the Pacific theater, but it started out as a pure clusterfuck for the Americans.

6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened

Despite going into battle with most of Japan's game plan in their pocket thanks to American codebreakers/Bothan spies, the U.S. Navy had little to show for it in the early hours of June 4, 1942. Just about every aircraft that took on the Japanese that day was destroyed, and all without delivering any serious damage. In short, the Battle of Midway started off like the Battle of Endor, only with every fighter in the Rebel Fleet crashing into the Death Star's deflector shield.

Where it Gets Weird: There was one squadron of American dive bombers lead by Lieutenant Commander C. His squadron started dropping like flies until, in an act of sheer luck that would make even J.K. The average destination of international flights from every country in the world. For the United States, it’s in the middle of a Quebecois forest.

The average destination of international flights from every country in the world

Hong Kong’s is near Wuhan, in the heart of China. France’s is in France. The average destination of a nation’s international flights reveals its migratory bias, nearby tourist attractions, and the countries with which it does business. Quartz calculated the average international destination and point of origin for every country in the OpenFlights database with at least five outbound routes. The result is a picture of how each country contributes to the balance of global air travel. South America The distance between Brazil’s average origin and average destination is longer than any other nation in the world.

The landlocked countries of Bolivia and Paraguay have significantly more balanced international flights than their coastal neighbors. Une cuillère à café d'eau contient environ trois…