6 Terrifying Platypus Facts A humorous list detailing some of the strange qualities posessed by the platypus. Photo: break.com In this day and age everyone knows about the platypus. What most people don’t know, however, is that the platypus is the product of Satan’s nightmares sent to destroy us all. Below are 6 facts about the platypus that should prove my point: 6. This is in direct opposition to one of the three most defining aspects we were all taught about mammals: they have hair, they are warm blooded, and they do not lay eggs. Photo: Stefan Kraft 5. I have nipples. The milk is literally secreted through pores in the platypus’ skin where it pools up along grooves in the mother’s abdomen, ready to be licked up by the eager little offspring. 4. I do not know why the platypus is born with teeth, most likely because I’m far too lazy to look such a thing up. It serves no freaking purpose at all except to give me nightmares. Photo: Urville Djasim 3. Yes, that’s right, a carnivore. 2. 1.
5 Mind-Blowing Ways That Science Has Done the Impossible We see so many day-to-day advancements in science, from increasingly powerful smartphones to a potential AIDS cure, that we kind of get numb to it. But somewhere out there, scientists are still reaching for stuff that's so far above and beyond that it sounds like black magic. As we speak, there are researchers who are performing such witchery as ... #5. Recording Your Fantasies and Dreams See, this is what we're talking about. But ... these are our dreams here. "Who's ready for a blistering rendition of the first six chords of 'Smoke on the Water'?" Pretty close, yeah. How the Hell? It was scientists at UC Berkeley who developed a way to literally see what your brain sees, and they did it by manipulating the magic of YouTube. The computer then selected the top 100 videos that best matched what popped out of the subjects' brains, and created a kind of composite image of what it thought it saw. "Sir, you may want to tone down the fantasizing. #4. Wait, did we say "theoretically"? #3.
Female Kangaroos have three vaginas We interrupt your regularly scheduled news programming to bring you this wonderful piece of trivia about kangaroo genitals. Regular readers will know of my love for Inside Nature’s Giants, the British documentary where anatomists cut up large animals to examine how their bodies work and evolved. It’s a truly incredible show, combining unbridled joy at the natural world, drama, and solid educational value. So far, it has brought us the horrifying throat of a leatherback turtle, the mysterious bloodsweat of a hippo, and the exploding insides of a beached whale. This set-up is shared by all marsupials – the group of mammals that raise their young in pouches. Note that the ureters, which carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder, pass through the gaps between the three tubes. The programme also suggested that this might explain why marsupial embryos are born at such a premature stage of development. With its complicated reproductive set-up, a female kangaroo can be perpetually pregnant.
The 5 Most Ridiculous Drinking Myths You Probably Believe Considering that booze is one of the pillars of human civilization, it's kind of shocking how little we know about it. For instance, we pointed out a while back that some popular misconceptions about alcohol persist despite being goddamned fatal. So, before you get too drunk to read this, let's knock down a few more common ones, like ... #5. The Myth: It's every beer drinker's unavoidable fate: the beer gut. Getty"Every inch was worth it. Your only choice in the matter is whether you suck it in whenever people approach or flaunt it like the wacky uncle who slaps his belly and boasts that "it all turns to penis after midnight." The Reality: The beer gut doesn't exist. "Maybe we shouldn't have gotten liquored up before this test." You see, some researchers got curious about this whole beer belly thing a while back, but presumably their stingy bosses wouldn't sign off on a never-ending supply of oat soda "for science." GettySo try an all-beer diet -- the worst that can happen is scurvy. #4. #3.
Crocodile meets his match with hungry hippos These amazing pictures show the moment a brave crocodile meets his match after straying into a maze of hungry hippos. The rare scene was captured on camera by a stunned wildlife photographer who witnessed the battle of the beasts in Serengeti national park in Tanzania. A huge fight broke out between the two heavyweights of the animal kingdom after the hasty croc found himself too close to a mother and her young. Unfortunately his array of teeth and armoured shell was no competition for the raging hippos, renowned for their aggression. A hippo can apply several tons of pressure in a single bite and the defenseless croc was soon snapped up and devoured. Vaclav Silha, 45, was on the banks of the Nile taking snaps of around 50 hippos bathing in the river when the peace was broken. He said: “Mutual respect between these animals means fights occur very rarely. “One of the only reasons you might see a conflict is if the hippos have young and they think the little ones are under threat.
7 Animals That Are Evolving Right Before Our Eyes People who doubt evolution tend to have one main argument: "If evolution is true, why do we still see monkeys running around today, all chimp-like? Where are all the monkey-men I was promised?" Well, if you or someone you know refuses to believe that organisms change over time without proof on a monkey-man level, here are a buttload of animals in the middle of getting their evolve on. Elephants are Evolving to Lose Their Tusks (and Avoid Poachers) Here's a joke: What did the elephant say to the poacher? Getty"Stop! Sorry about that. GettyAnd ever since animal rights got involved, unemployment has shot up 300 percent. So elephants have decided to take matters into their own hands ... or trunks or weirdly rounded three-toed feet or whatever. By 2005, it was estimated that the tuskless population had risen to between 5 and 10 percent. GettyJust like your debilitating lisp after reading that out loud Which is incredible, because it's not like tusks are the elephant version of wisdom teeth.
Helpful Hippo rescues Helpless Animals Visitors to a safari camp close to where the film Out Of Africa was shot stood in awe as they witnessed the annual wildebeest migration. But as they watched thousands of animals cross the raging Mara river they were astonished to see a hippo come to the rescue of two drowning stragglers. The strong current separated a wildebeest, or gnu, from her calf and she watched helplessly as it was swept away. ‘To everyone’s amazement the hippo came to the gnu’s rescue and pushed it gently to the river bank,’ said Abdul Karim, the head guide at Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara, Kenya. The infant panted for a moment before getting up and running to its watching mother. But the female hippo’s work did not finish there. ‘It was an unforgettable incident,’ said Mr Karim. ‘Maternal love can be so strong it can even surpass species boundaries,’ he added. Huge concentrations of game move between Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park every year in the constant search for fresh grazing.
5 Reasons You Should Be Excited About Mars Today Perhaps the most popular cosmic story of the past decade was that Pluto was no longer a planet. Everyone shared it, and everyone knew about it. However, on a list of the most important scientific discoveries of the past decade, "Pluto is no longer a planet" ranks just under "everything else" and just above nothing. This evening, however, at about 10:30 PST, something pretty incredible will likely occur, and it has nothing to do with the Olympics. #5. Curiosity has been flying toward Mars for almost a year now. The hard part for Curiosity is landing, though. The above video describes the entire complicated process of Curiosity actually landing on the surface of Mars. mars.jpl.nasa.govBum bum buuuuuuuuum! And because it takes so long for a signal to reach Earth from Mars, we won't even know if it worked for 14 minutes. GettyYes, I meant literally. Now, I don't want to belittle the accomplishments of our Olympic athletes. So let us cheer for a robot today. #4. nasa.govRemember me? #3.
Hyenas cooperate more easily than chimpanzees Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) could show chimpanzees a thing or two about working together, according to a new study. Hyenas, prodigious hunters, pull down prey together. Christine M. Drea, an associate professor in the department of Evolutionary Biology at Duke University, started to ask questions about the cooperative hunting habits of hyenas while she was reading The Spotted Hyena: A Study of Predation and Social Behavior by Hanz Kruuk. "[H]e noted that these [hyena] 'zebra hunting parties' formed long before any zebra had been sighted, such that the hyenas had somehow communicated to one another ahead of time that they would be setting out to hunt zebra,” Dr. Similar food reward studies with apes and monkeys have yielded mixed results. "I keyed in on some of the early chimp studies," said Dr. The scientists released hyena pairs into a testing enclosure containing one or two platforms elevated beyond the hyenas’ reach. Related articles Male chimps use meat to seduce
X Things that only look trippy under a microscope (ph) Whoa. So deep down, every pina colada is like staring at peacock feathers after dropping, like, all the acid. We're surprised we've never pissed out Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after overindulging on these. You might think there's some computerized color enhancement at play here, but that's actually a photograph taken by BevShots, which achieved the effect by allowing the drink to dry on a microscope slide, shining some natural light onto it and taking an extreme close-up with a plain old 35 mm camera. Let's look at a few more. Via Bevshots.comFaith and Begorra! What, not artsy enough for you? Via Daily Mail And while that looks like some kind of experimental artwork from the '70s, a margarita ... Via Telegraph ... is channeling Georgia O'Keeffe. We're honestly surprised by how beautiful all of these are. Via Daily MailIt's the only drink that judges you while you sip.
Reproduction in Mammals Most mammals, excepting Monotremes and Marsupials, are placental mammals. Yaks, rabbits, cows, hippopotamuses, bats and humans all fall within this category. In all other vertebrates the developing embryo is separated from its mother's body by the amniotic membrane which surrounds the egg. The reason for this is that after fertilisation the embryo takes on its own existence as a separate organism. This is because the mother's auto-immune system (her internal defence mechanisms) will recognise the new embryo as a foreign body and attack it. The amniotic membrane isolates the young embryo from all biological interaction with its parent, thus protecting it from attack. This is good, without it no reproduction except parthenogenetic, would occur. The most primitive mammals, the monotremes, also lay eggs. Placental mammals are born in a much more advanced state than non-placental mammals. The placenta is composed of several layers of material.
5 Things You Didn’t Know Could Make You Smarter We've depressed you already by revealing the things in your daily life that are making you dumber. The good news is that this works both ways -- there are lots of little, arbitrary things that can boost your brain power in ways you'd never expect. Like ... #5. Getty Throughout this article, we'll be citing scientists, because all of us accept that scientists are smart guys. Researchers tested a group of participants on their brainpower with something called a Stroop test. Getty"I had an IQ of 45 before I put this on!" Just to make sure this wasn't some insane fluke, they made another test, where participants had to find the differences between similar pictures. Via Sciencedirect.comThe lab coat subjects are on the left. The researchers believe that wearing a lab coat simply makes us feel smarter, and as other psychologists have found, simply believing you're smarter actually makes you smarter. But we know what you're almost certainly wondering -- how does this effect work with bikinis?
Striped hyenas bred at Visakhapatnam zoo The New Year has brought in some good news for the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) here which announced the successful captive breeding of striped hyenas — a first in its history. This comes after two consecutive failures, when the two previous litters did not survive. Of the three cubs in the new litter, the zoo authorities could save one male, which is currently being looked after at the zoo hospital after its mother turned hostile. The two-month-old cub has been named Ayush. The birth of the cub holds particular significance, because striped hyena is listed as a ‘Near Threatened’ species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is the third zoo in the country, after Patna and Mysuru, to have successfully recorded captive breeding of hyenas. The zoo now has two male and one female striped hyenas.