There is a species of spider that builds models of itself, which it uses as decoys to distract predators. The spider may be the first example of an animal building a life-size replica of its own body. So believe the scientists who made the discovery, which is published in the journal Animal Behaviour. The arachnid's behaviour also offers one explanation for why many spiders like to decorate their webs with strange-looking ornaments. BBC - Earth News - Spider builds life-sized decoys
This is just amazing. Ninety-two years and a few months ago, a US Army private died at what is now called Fort Riley, Kansas. It was July 1918, and the 21-year-old recruit had been sick for two days with a fever and a headache, an aching chest and a hard, hacking cough that didn’t bring anything up. He was admitted to the base infirmary, where they found his temperature was a scorching 105.4 degrees and his entire right lung was not functioning properly. From 1918 Autopsy, A First Glimpse of Sickle Cell — and a Warning
30 May 2010Last updated at 23:40 GMT By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC News, Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic Scent of a solenodon: Joe Nunez-Mino reveals how sniffing caves can help to track down these "ghosts" of the forests It is swelteringly hot and unbearably humid as we set off on our journey deep into the heart of the Dominican Republic's tropical forests. And as we drive along the bone-joltingly bumpy track, crammed into a truck loaded with enough supplies for our week in the wilderness, the excitement amongst the researchers grows. Mamifero venenoso - Solenodon hunt: On the trail of a 'living fossil'
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life". Biophilia hypothesis