10 Real Sea Creatures Lifted Directly from Your Nightmares #5. The Real Kraken National Geographic OK, we know there's something called the giant squid out there, but it's hardly the kind of beast that could drag your ship down to Davy Jones' Locker as described by old-timey sea legends. We used to assume that such a thing never existed -- until 2007, when fishermen dragged aboard something that we're now calling the colossal squid. tepapa.gov.nz"Hyper squid" just sounded too much like a rejected Metal Gear character. Scientists don't use the term "colossal" lightly. The folks who caught it had no choice but to freeze it on board their vessel, we assume after a spectacular battle like the Kraken fight scene from one of those Pirates of the Caribbean movies. tepapa.gov.nz"As you can see, we've glued a hat onto it." #4. Richard Hermann The reaction to this kind of photo is always the same: "So what? Well, the mola mola, or ocean sunfish, is the heaviest fish in the world. #3. National Geographic #2. National Geographic niwa.co.nzIt's like if H.R. #1.
| 50 Animals Who Love America Happy July 4! To celebrate getting a day off of work and our country, here are animals who will put your own patriotism to the test. Presenting 50 Animals Who Love America: www.robertashdown.com/blog/ Lake Nuga Nuga, the largest natural water body within the dry highlands of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt, is a place of many stories. About 515 km north-west of Brisbane, this lake is located at the northern (downstream) end of the Arcadia Valley, and lies within the floodplain of the Brown River, a tributary of the Comet River. The Comet River itself falls within the greater Fitzroy River basin (see map below), the waters from which eventually reach the Queensland coast near Rockhampton. During favourable seasons both the Brown River and Moolayember Creek flow into Lake Nuga Nuga. Standing dead trees in Lake Nuga Nuga are illuminated by campfire in a three-hour exposure (taken on on slide film). All photographs in this post by Robert Ashdown unless credited otherwise. Lake Nuga Nuga varies in size with the seasons. Nuga Nuga National Park lies adjacent to the lake’s northern banks, but does not include the lake itself. Looking east over Lake Nuga Nuga toward the Expedition Range.
Why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies? by Benjamin Kuipers No one has directly observed either electrons or fairies. Both of them are theoretical constructs, useful to explain observations that might be difficult to explain otherwise. The "theory of fairies" can actually explain more things than the "theory of electrons". So why do we believe in electrons, but not in fairies? Is the issue a political one, where the "electron" fans got the upper hand in the nineteenth century, so by the twentieth century the "fairy" fans were a scorned and persecuted minority? No, to both. Fairies are much more free. It's always possible that there really are fairies. The scientific method is an amazing procedure for incrementally improving certain kinds of theories: those that make testable predictions. The theory of evolution is a scientific theory, because it implies a large number of specific testable claims. The theory of intelligent design could be true. The scientific method is an enormous intellectual asset to the human race.
Spider Mite's Secrets Revealed Tiny pest's genome opens door to novel approaches to crop protection and silk production The tiny two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) causes much anxiety for farmers, and has been, to date, a scientific mystery. It feeds on over 1,100 species of plants, including 150 greenhouse plants and crops, such as maize, soy, tomatoes and citrus. The cost of chemically controlling damage caused by the spider mite exceeds USD 1 billion per year. Tetranychus urticae Credit: Wikipedia Élio Sucena and Sara Magalhães, group leaders at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) and the Centre for Environmental Biology, University of Lisbon (Portugal), respectively, are part of the 55-strong team of researchers from 10 countries that were involved in this project. The spider mite feeds on an astonishingly large number of plants because it withstands the toxins that plants produce. Colony of spider mites
Jewel-like or see-through caterpillars are amazing gifts from mother nature Here's photos of the Jewel Caterpillar (Acraga coa), snapped by photographer Gerardo Aizpuru near Cancun, and submitted to Project Noah. "Photo take in a mangrove area , found this Stoning translucent caterpillar lay on a Red Mangrove tree leaf this morning early. Just can believe there is some species like this around the world. looks like made of glass whit small red mushroom inside every pic. about 3 cm long." The jewel-like caterpillar transforms into this brightly coloured furry moth Via Geekologie Loading comments... See-through caterpillar This jewel caterpillar (acraga coa) is dressed to perfection. Gerardo Aizpuru spotted it in a mangrove area on the Yucatán peninsula. Photo take in a mangrove area, found this Stoning translucent caterpillar lay on a Red Mangrove tree leaf this morning early. Just can believe there is some species like this around the world.
See-Through Frog, Other "Lost" Species Found -‿- Defining Life: The Virus Biology 1032005 First PaperOn Serendip Zachary Grunau The definition of "life," it seems, must remain ambiguous. For the most part, life on earth is easily distinguished from non-life. Viruses are essentially strands of DNA or RNA protected by a protein shell. From this description of the viral reproduction process, we see that viruses have something that would strongly move its status towards "alive": genes. Viruses are simple in construction—however, their interaction with more structurally complex organisms is anything but. Surely rocks do not behave similarly. Why is it that we feel uncomfortable calling our own creations "living"? The debate concerning the status of viruses continues—and we have not answered any questions, only explored reasons why there is this problem of defining "life." Life must not be containable in any kind of principle or rule. (1) CellsAlive Homepage (2) Wikipedia's Virus Page (3) Wikipedia's Life Page (4) Virology.net | Course Home | Serendip Home |
Olinguito, New Mammal Species, Announced By Smithsonian Researchers (PHOTOS) WASHINGTON — Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it's hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did – until now. Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears. The critter leaps through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night, according to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them. But the adorable olinguito (oh-lihn-GEE'-toe) shouldn't have been so hard to find. (AP Photo/Mark Gurney) (Image via SmithsonianMag) "It's been kind of hiding in plain sight for a long time" despite its extraordinary beauty, said Kristofer Helgen, the Smithsonian's curator of mammals. The little zoo critter, named Ringerl, was mistaken for a sister species, the olingo. She wouldn't. "It turns out she wasn't fussy," Helgen said. The discovery is described in a study in the journal ZooKey. Online:
Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorc... Robert Krulwich/NPR There is love. And then there's albatross love. In his new book, The Thing With Feathers, Noah Strycker says albatrosses have a knack for coupling. "These globe trotters, who mate for life and are incredibly faithful to their partners, just might have the most intense love affairs of any animal on our planet," he writes. Noah knows "love" is a word normally reserved for humans. They are seabirds. The chick's parents build a nest near the place where they, in turn, had been born. It grows slowly. Noah writes, the "two birds face each other, patter their feet to stay close as they move forward and backward, each testing the other's reflexes, and point their beaks at the sky." "Then, as they simultaneously utter a chilling scream, the albatrosses each extend their wings to show off the full 12-foot span, facing off while continuing to jockey for position. Now they are ready to mate. It has taken 15 years to decide on a partner, but having decided, albatrosses don't switch.
Andreas Kay’s unbelievable grasshopper photos. ... - Radiolab Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Seabirds' Bellies hide captionA dead young albatross on the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. You can see more of photographer Chris Jordan's work on the effects of plastics on seabirds at The Picture Show. Chris Jordan/Flickr A dead young albatross on the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. You can see more of photographer Chris Jordan's work on the effects of plastics on seabirds at The Picture Show. The vast majority of debris in the ocean — about 75 percent of it — is made of plastic. While plastic may break down into smaller and smaller pieces, some as small as grains of sand, these pieces are never truly biodegradable. "The smaller the piece of debris, the more accessible it is — and the wider the range of creatures that could potentially eat it," says Thompson, who talked with NPR's Melissa Block about his research on the effects of these tiny particles. Thompson says limiting the damage plastics can cause to sea life doesn't mean giving up plastic entirely.