Defining Life: The Virus Biology 1032005 First PaperOn Serendip Zachary Grunau The definition of "life," it seems, must remain ambiguous. Houdini Honey Badgers Can Escape From Anywhere So half the Internet has seen the video about what total badasses honey badgers are (reminder at bottom for those who want a second look). But they don't just have attitude. As this clip from a BBC documentary reveals, they're also really smart. We know a lot of people who wouldn't be able to work out how to get out of an enclosure like this. It is amazing to think that barely 50 years ago Jane Goodall was mocked for producing evidence that chimpanzees use tools.
Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world Close Help with subtitles Desktop / laptop users: please make sure you have the most updated versions of your browser and Flash player, and that Flash is enabled when you visit TED.com. iOS users: to access subtitles, start playing the video, then tap the speech bubble icon that appears in the bottom row of video controls. What Is Intelligence, Anyway? What Is Intelligence, Anyway? By Isaac Asimov What is intelligence, anyway? When I was in the army, I received the kind of aptitude test that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had ever seen a figure like that, and for two hours they made a big fuss over me. (It didn't mean anything.
Zoologger: The first solar-powered vertebrate - life - 18 January 2013 Zoologger is our weekly column highlighting extraordinary animals – and occasionally other organisms – from around the world Species: Ambystoma maculatumHabitat: Throughout the eastern USA and parts of southern Canada, leaving other salamanders green with envy When you think about it, animals are weird. 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. The reddish-brown animal is about 14-inches long with an equally long tail and weighs about 2 pounds. 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.
Nature adapts to Chernobyl Chernobyl: 28 years after disaster On April 26, Ukraine marks the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear accident in history. Take a look at haunting scenes from inside the exclusion zone. 25, 2014 Novoshepelychi, Ukraine: The clicking sound from Timothy Mousseau's radiation detector slowly increased as he walked through the forest here, a few miles west of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Depression What Is Depression? Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. "The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida Purchase Richard Florida's related book As I walked across the campus of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University one delightful spring day, I came upon a table filled with young people chatting and enjoying the spectacular weather. Several had identical blue T-shirts with "Trilogy@CMU" written across them---Trilogy being an Austin, Texas-based software company with a reputation for recruiting our top students. I walked over to the table. Inside a dead, infected ant Inside a dead, infected ant So, by now you've all seen what a by Ophiocordyceps infected, manipulated and killed ant looks like: Published by Andersen et al. in The American Naturalist, 2009 But what does it look like from the inside?
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. Darwin/Lamark court case By Don Mills This six to seven 40 minute period activity allows students to role play while learning theories of evolution. To start this activity have your students write their names on scrap pieces of paper. Read the list of roles to the class.
Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do : Code Switch Zach Galifianakis makes an Ax joke. YouTube The most common stereotype of black vernacular is the pronunciation of the word "ask" as "ax." "Ax" has gotten a bad rap for years. Pronounce "ask" as "ax," and immediately many will assume that you're poor, black and uneducated. New York City's first African-American schools chancellor, Dr.