science

Favorite

Spiderwebs: How Unique Are They Really

Is every spider web unique?? Oh, what wonderfully tangled webs they weave.  According to Live Science: "Spiderwebs are astonishingly complex constructions for objects that are so delicate. Even if webs don't literally spell out the words 'terrific' and 'radiant' like those in the book "Charlotte's Web" do, each is nonetheless an intricate engineering marvel. Building these strong yet ephemeral traps is a process that follows patterns shared among spider species. But is there room for individual variation that makes one species' web — or one individual spider's — recognizably different from another's?"

"There are approximately 48,000 known spider species worldwide, and while all spiders have silk-producing organs, known as spinnerets, and can produce several varieties of silk, not all spiders spin webs and lie in wait for their prey. Some spiders actively hunt for food, but they still use silk for making wind-sailing balloons, egg sacs or tiny 'house' to 'hide in." Very interesting! We had no idea that spiders vary so greatly, and even in the ways they approach basic activities such as hunting for food and building their web-y homes.

Story via Live Science.

12 images of spiders and spider webs scientific and informative | thumbnail left spider web with dew, thumbnail right spider in spider web
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Baboon Intelligence: How Smart Are They Really

Baboons have been evaluated in numerous studies and shown to have the approximate intelligence levels of a 3-year-old child! According to research, baboons can play with objects, learn words and even seem to mourn the deaths of their friends. There are five species of baboons, commonly known as hamadryas, guinea, olive, yellow, and chacma baboon. Each of these five unique species is native to one of five areas of Africa. 

Did you know that baboons have vocal ways of communicating with one another? Baboons can talk!…(Sort of). They have at least 10 different vocalizations they use to communicate. Now that is pretty impressive. Baboons are very terrestrial animals, they sleep in tries or on high cliffs or rocks at night to keep away from predators. They are omnivores and enjoy a diverse diet of plants, seeds, insects, fish, birds, among other things. We love learning about underappreciated animals! Baboons are pretty awesome, AND smart.

Learn more here!

 

14 baboon images (informative) | thumbnail left two baboons huddled together, thumbnail right baboon on the go
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Advertisement
Favorite

From Caterpillar To Cocoon To Beautiful Butterfly

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Scientific American explains that: 'As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.'

Pretty amazing right? Science is so cool! We find it absolutely mind boggling that butterflies were once caterpillars, the only difference is that caterpillars have not been through the scientific process that makes them butterflies. It's all a matter of time, and science! Learn more here. 
 

images and videos of butterfly hatching from cocoon | thumbnail left picture of freshly hatched butterfly, thumbnail right picture of cocoon
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Beautifully Long Necked Giraffes And Scientific Facts

Did you know that giraffes are the world's tallest mammals? Thanks to their towering legs and extremely long necks, they are able to take the title of 'earth's tallest mammals' with pride. A Giraffe's legs alone are generally longer than the total height of the average human, at around 6 feet tall! Their long legs allow them to reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour! Can you imagine watching a Giraffe run at the speed of a car? We think that would be quite the sight.

Giraffes are truly amazing creatures with many unique characteristics. They are able to use their height to graze on leaves and buds on treetops that few other animals are able to reach. Generally, Giraffes roam in open grasslands in groups of 6-12 or so. Another fun fact about Giraffes- they are absolutely awwdorable! Enjoy allll of the wholesome Giraffe goodness that is to come, you deserve it!

Learn more about Giraffes.

list of 15 giraffe images | thumbnail left giraffe being fed, thumbnail right one large giraffe and two small giraffes gathered close to a basket of food
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Grumpy Dogs Outperform Friendly Dogs On Some Learning Tests

Potential dog adopters may want to consider the attributes they value in doggos. The New York Times recently reported that 'In a recent study in Hungary, researchers found that dogs with personality characteristics they had grouped under the "grumpy" heading were better able to learn from a stranger than more easygoing dogs…This is admittedly a limited skill, but owners of grumpy dogs may be pleased with good news of any sort." We have heard of grumpy cats being underappreciated, now grumpy dogs??

Owners of grumpy dogs rejoice! You may have always understood your dog's worth and value, but not everyone else did and that has always bothered you. Now you have real scientific evidence that your dogs are the best! Take that- happy dog owners. Jk. We love happy dogs too. All dogs really. 

News Story List About Grumpy Dogs Being Smart | thumbnail is new york times headline of article
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Advertisement
Favorite

Scientists Have Examined The Mysterious Phenomenon Of Cats Sitting On Squares

Every cat owner has experienced that mysterious phenomenon of their cat sitting in some place that they shouldn't - from boxes to random books to whatever container they can fit in. If it fits, I sits, that is indeed the saying. We have even seen that cats will sit on flat, square-shaped objects on the floor. But have you ever thought about why they do it - what is this magnetic pull towards the square that we cannot see and do not understand? Well, scientists are now officially studying the phenomenon. 

study about cats sitting in squares | thumbnail includes a picture of a cat sitting in a Kanizsa square
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Twitter Gets Funny About Extinct Animals (Viral Tweets)

Is there any real way of knowing if an animal is extinct or not? How do scientists make that decision? Those were the thoughts of one twitter user that went viral all over twitter, and we cannot stop laughing at the responses. 

Honestly, they're right. How can we know for sure? Some extinct animal species end up randomly being found in some places on Earth every once in a while. Who's to say that they're not simply hiding from us, totally done with all of our weird human shenanigans? They're probably messing with scientists just as much as they're messing with us, and honestly, that is one of the reasons why we totally love nature. 

confused and funny tweets about extinct animals thumbnail includes one tweet 'Font - Frankie! ... @FrankieMooon How do they know an animal is extinct like??? U looked everywhere???? 9:07 AM Feb 4, 2021 - Twitter for iPhone 168.2K Retweets 8,153 Quote Tweets 1.3M Likes'
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Study Discovers That Octopus Sometimes Punch Fish For No Reason (Viral Tweets)

In another entirely unexpected turn to 2020, scientists have discovered that... sometimes, octopus punch fish for no reason. Yes, The Sunday Times reports that "[o]ctopuses are ocean thugs that punch fish," and we are both incredibly surprised and also can't stop laughing, and when you see the video evidence of this, you won't be able to stop laughing either. 

Twitter, of course, lost their minds over this strange piece of news, with multiple tweets about it going viral and people having the time of their lives creating memes and sarcastically joking about how octopuses are keeping law and order in the ocean. 

They might be right though, who knows what's going on in this strange ocean world? Apparently, one of the things going on are octopuses finding fish. The more you know. 

viral tweets about octopuses punching fish for no reason other than spite thumbnail includes one tweet 'Text - mark the herald angels sing O @markhoppus 000 Scientists have discovered that, on occasions, an octopus will “punch" a fish for no reason other than "spite". 5:59 PM Dec 23, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone 49.8K Retweets 5.9K Quote Tweets 337.8K Likes'
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Advertisement
Favorite

Platypuses Glow Under Blacklight For Some Unknown Reason

This is so cool and so incredibly random! It turns out, if you were to place a platypus under a blacklight, they would glow! What other amazing secrets are these creatures hiding from us?

Noted in the journal Mammalia, "shining an ultraviolet light on a platypus makes the animal's fur fluoresce with a greenish-blue tint. They're one of the few mammals known to exhibit this trait. And we're still in the dark about why they do it — if there is a reason at all."

Other animals that have exhibited this interesting trait are scorpions, lichens, puffin beaks, and believe it or not, North American flying squirrels glow bubble pink under UV light. Blue light, just a notch away from ultraviolet, turns our oceans into what looks like an indoor mini-golf course! It's also what causes multiple types of amphibians to glow green. 

Nature is lit. 

Story via The New York Times

platypuses glow under blacklight - thumbnail of platypuses glowing under blacklight
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Scientists Installed a Tiny Wireless Go-Pro Camera On The Back Of a Beetle

Have you ever wondered how the world looks like from the view of a tiny insect as a beetle?

Well, the researchers at the University of Washington are giving us all a chance for a fascinating ant-man view by successfully installing a tiny wireless camera on the back of a beetle, while paving the way for miniature robots.

The scientists published their research on July 15 in Science Robotics and are planning on at attaching the cameras to moths and spiders in the future.  


Scientists Installed a Tiny Wireless Go-Pro Camera On The Back Of a Beetle
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cats Always Land On their Feet

The phenomenon of the "cat-turn" by which a cat always lands on its feet has been an enigma since the 19th century. 

The French scientist/inventor, Étienne-Jules Marey, who was interested in the motion of objects, decided to use a special technique in photography, called chromatography, to solve the enigma.

He used an anonymous white French cat and dropped it from an unspecified height in the Bois de Boulogne, filming its descent at 12 frames per second. The photos show how a cat falling, even with no rotational movement at the beginning of the decline, would gain momentum while in free fall. He even published these photos, along with his research, in a volume of Comptes Rendus in 1894.

Ultimately, this brave and likely unsuspecting scientist didn't know his little experiment actually contributed to the space exploration, even though  it took over 50 years for NASA's researchers, T.R. Kane and M.P. Scher, to publish their findings in a paper titled "A Dynamical Explanation of the Falling Cat Phenomenon."


French Scientist Used Photography To Explain Why Cat Always Land On Its Feet | FIG. 2.-End view failing cat series runs right left. black and white series of pics of the progress of a cat turning during a fall
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Advertisement
Favorite

Historical Moment: Two Cheetah Cubs Born By Surrogate Mother

This a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough! After 20 years of trying to increase the cheetah population, there might be hope for their species yet! 

Columbus Zoo, Ohio, has reported that two cheetah cubs (a male and female) were born February 19th, 2020. The birth is thanks to a procedure that took place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. For the first time in history, US scientists were able to delivery two cubs via vitro fertilisation (IVF), using a surrogate cheetah.

The surrogate mother, Izzy, is a three-year-old cheetah who carried the eggs harvested from six-year-old Kabibi, and sperm from a cheetah at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. 

Timeline of the historical procedure according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo website:

  • Nov. 14 and 18: The female cheetahs were given hormone injections to develop mature follicles.
  • Nov. 19: Eggs (oocytes) were taken from Izzy and Kibibi. Neither had reproduced previously.
  • Nov. 19: Semen from male cheetah thawed and eggs fertilized.
  • Nov. 21: Team implanted nine embryos in Isabelle (Izzy) and six in second cheetah, Ophelia. A typical cheetah gestation is 93 days.
  • Dec. 23: Izzy was confirmed pregnant via ultrasound, which appeared to show two cubs. The ultrasound confirmed that Ophelia was not pregnant.
  • Feb. 16: Izzy's care providers begin an around-the-clock video birth watch
  • Feb. 19: Cubs born

How amazing is that? Thanks to all the hard working scientists who are keeping these beautiful creature from going extinct! 

Story via CBS News

cheetah cubs history surrogate science animals amazing ivf in vitro fertilization test tube baby | two baby kittens cheetah cubs tiny spots newborn with their eyes still closed dark fur fuzzy fluffy sitting in straws
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
Favorite

Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-Rex And Named Him "Reaper Of Death"

Researchers in Alberta, Canada discovered new species of tyrannosaur - a 79-million-year-old tyrannosaur named Thanatotheristes degrootorum — which means "reaper of death". The fearsome predator lived 79 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.


Researchers Discovered The Older Cousin Of T-rex | dinosaur illustration EJ Edmonton Journal @edmontonjournal fearsome lizard with name meaning "reaper death" is first new tyrannosaur species be identified Canada 50 years, say researchers with University Calgary and Royal Tyrrell Museum.
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -
  • -
  • Vote
  • -

Did you know a cats' position while they sleep can share numerous aspects of their personality and health? This video breaks down the most commonly seen cat sleeping positions and explains the science behind each one. 

Whether your cat sleeps curled-up, in a box, loaf, sideways, monorail or in a contortionist position -- find out the untold signs your cat is telling you.

How does your cat sleep? 

Favorite

Science Diagrams Featuring Animals Is Inexplicably Bizarre (17 Pics)

A lot of questions come to mind when seeing these science diagrams... the main one being, "why?"

Unfortunately, we do not have the answer. And we may never have the answer. 

Get ready to take one of the weirdest rides. 

funny animals science diagrams wtf weird lol | illustration showing a human skeleton standing on a branch doing the same pose as a bird about to take off
View List
  • -
  • Vote
  • -