Dec 9, 2010

Stimulus Generalization:

Humour made it simple.


Telling the bees.

“And he said if a man owned a beehive and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die. Jim said bees wouldn't sting idiots; but I didn't believe that, because I had tried them lots of times myself, and they wouldn't sting me.”
Mark Twain in Huckleberry Finn.

Nov 24, 2010

The plural of u is us.

Taking the "it's complicated" to a whole new dimension.

Nov 23, 2010

Another step towards the future world domination by cephalopods:

Flying squids.

Photo by Bob Hulse

Nov 22, 2010

And you know why mama elephant does not like lizards?

Bad manners. She does not like theirs.

Photo by Martin Nyfeler

Nov 19, 2010

This is the Eye of Providence.

Peacock mantis shrimp eyes' are capable of serial or parallel vision; possesses trinocular vision (WTF?!) and depth perception; colour vision from ultra-violet to infra-red using at least 16 different photoreceptor types (you, my friend, only have 4); detection of polarized light and circular polarized light (you don't even imagine what this is, right?).

Nov 18, 2010

The anatomy of the kiwi.

You know this was bound to happen.

Nov 17, 2010

Proboscidea Herpetophobia.

Mama elephant does not like lizards.

Nov 16, 2010

Meta Flamingo...

...is now available to do Olympic opening ceremonies, dictators' birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs.

Nov 15, 2010

A world of PDF's.

Even AI's will not be able to fight against the scientific referencing contingencies.

Nov 12, 2010

The weird converter.

1 African elephant weighs as much as 110 Jennifer Aniston’s.
The length of 1 T-Rex is equivalent to almost 126 flaccid penis.
106 humans producing saliva during their lifetime will fill 1 Olympic swimming pool.

Nov 11, 2010

Migration.

Do it at least once.

Nov 10, 2010

The data output of human ejaculation.

If a human sperm cell contains 37.5 MegaBytes of genetic information (Similar to a CD capacity), and in a milliliter we have 100 million sperms (Roughly the population of Mexico), and on average one ejaculation releases 2.25 ml of sperm (Half of a teaspoon), that means an average ejaculation represents a data output of 1687.5 TeraBytes (The equivalent of the collected data of 10 U.S. Library of Congress).

Nov 9, 2010

Literary mimicry.

And then the photometric and radiometric parameters came along and spoiled all romanticism.

Glo-Glo le poisson rouge. Luce et Pierre Morel, 1946.

Nov 8, 2010

The Noetic Electrician.

And that's why I don't like fringe science: Somehow they turn a clean, radical, but still untested scientific hypothesis in a new-age lifestyle philosophical non-sense.

Nov 5, 2010

Carrion eaters can be awesome.

"Upward winds brought me news of your death".

Nov 4, 2010

Ant singularity.

"...first described in army ants by Schneirla (1944). A circle of army ants, each one following the ant in front, becomes locked into a circular mill. They will continue to circle each other until they all die. Beebe (1921) described a circular mill he witnessed in Guyana. It measured 1200 feet in circumference and had a 2.5 hour circuit time per ant. The mill persisted for two days...".
Excerpt from the Ant Room.

Sep 28, 2010

Behind every mythology...

...there is an untold sad story.

From Jimmy Swinnerton, Near to Nature babies (1927)

Jul 28, 2010

Bait ball obliteration:

Jaw dropping. Guaranteed.

The lowest note ever sung.

Let's communicate with whales!

Jul 27, 2010

Kick ass 15th century mistress.

"I have an ermine. Not a pelt. The whole animal."

A portrait of Cecilia Gallerani by Leonardo Da Vinci

The trees and the forest.

Here's a good visual lesson.

This is how I picture hermit crabs...

...in Monte Carlo.

Jul 26, 2010

Don't forget that all branches of an extant evolutionary tree end at the same level. Today.

"The number of species represented is approximately the square-root of the number of species thought to exist on Earth (i.e., three thousand out of an estimated nine million species), or about 0.18% of the 1.7 million species that have been formally described and named." - David M. Hillis, Derrick Zwickl and Robin Gutell, University of Texas.

Jul 25, 2010

You will always be in my heart...

...just like Angiostrongylus vasorum.

Jul 24, 2010

Hoversharks.

Armageddon should include them.

Jul 23, 2010

Here monkey, monkey...

Margay cats mimic the calls of its prey, the pied tamarins.

Jul 22, 2010

From a sexist point of view this could be a win-win situation:

Higher BMI was associated with poorer cognitive function in women with smaller WHR. Higher WHR, estimating central fat mass, was associated with higher cognitive function in this cross-sectional study (Kerwin et al, 2010).
Translation for the mass media: Big hips "impair" women's memory.

Jul 21, 2010

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

I dare you to create a biologic term to beat this 45-letter monster word. I think there is a prize. And if there's not, it should.

Jul 20, 2010

The math within.

"Even now the zoologist has scarce begun to dream of defining in mathematical language even the simplest organic forms. (...)When he sees in snail, or nautilus, or tiny foraminiferal or radiolarian shell a close approach to sphere or spiral, he is prone of old habit to believe that after all it is something more than a spiral or a sphere, and that in this 'something more' there lies what neither mathematics nor physics can explain." - D'Arcy Wentworth Thomas.

Jul 19, 2010

Douglas Adams: The greatest craftsman in neuronal jewelery.

Just give yourself 1h 30m and enjoy an amazing talk.

Jul 16, 2010

Can you please read this for me?

Are you sure?

Jul 15, 2010

Cetaceophagy.

"Call me Leviathan melvillei."

C. Letenneur / Natural History Museum

According to the rules I have to state that I lost The Game:

You can't beat ironic processing, so you have lost too.
White bears will eat our brains inside out.

Jul 14, 2010

The Object Body.

We will found ourselves in the deepest valleys.

Jul 13, 2010

Behind those eyes there is an inquisitive mind.

The fact that it is from a bird is slightly disturbing.

Jul 12, 2010

The decerebrator: H. P. Lovecraft meets Neuroscience.

"... participants were exposed to low frequency sound waves by means of electrodes attached to the temporal lobes. During winter nights the spastic screams of the victims could be heard piercing the arctic air as the decerebrator ratcheted into place (...). It quickly became apparent that the procedure had gone terribly awry when gaunt and emaciated survivors were seen bumbling about in broad daylight, addled beyond repair." - Gilbert Alter-Gilbert.

Jul 9, 2010

Right now...

...malaria is the least of my concerns.

Jul 8, 2010

Sexual cannibalism: A unexpected twist of Rule 34.

"Love will tear me apart."

Jul 7, 2010

A true story:

The photo you are seeing came from a set of pictures provided by the owner of a house to some people who were looking to rent it for the weekend. They saw this picture and thought it was a lake, so were all excited and looking forward to boating and jet skiing and stuff. When they asked the owner about it, the lady emailed them back and said: “unfortunately that is not a lake, it is a wall“.

Jul 6, 2010

So how come scientists say they're older than that? and died way before Jesus?

"Well, son, they just make that up. Dinosaur bones don't have labels on them to tell how old they are. In fact, there is no proof whatsoever that the world and its fossil layers are millions of years old. No scientist saw dinosaurs die."

Jul 5, 2010

Killing mosquitoes with laser.

The malaria part is just to justify funding for an incredible crazy cool geek toy.

Jul 4, 2010

Take precautions while choosing a model organism for your scientific research.

"...particularly undergraduates...".


Jul 3, 2010

Trophy wife 2.0.

The desire for status increase always drove mankind to funny paths. All types of status, I'm not taking myself out from the game.

Jul 2, 2010

Fatal exceptions:

No place for them in living systems.

Jul 1, 2010

Oceanic cleaning stations:

Manta Rays arrive there, wait in for their turn, then open their mouths and let the little fish in to eat any bacteria or parasites.
Exactly like that. Without any literary freedom.

Jun 30, 2010

War.

"Bands of chimpanzees violently kill individuals from neighboring groups in order to expand their own territory, according to a 10-year study of a chimp community in Uganda."

iStockphoto/Gary Wales

Jun 29, 2010

I have to agree on this:

It looks much better than Green Pheasants or Kois.

Jun 28, 2010

Some like it clean and pure, some like it messy and dirt.

I go both ways.

Jun 26, 2010

Dolphins rip waves for fun.

Draw your conclusions.

Jun 25, 2010

Kitsune.

Be like the fox.

Jun 24, 2010

Welcome to the fantastic world of onomatopoeic birds.

"My name is a word born from the sound of vibrations on my syrinx".

Born again.

Turritopsis nutricula can use transdifferentiation to transform one's cells backwards to polyp stage and begin the whole cycle.
For the uninitiated: This is a kind of biological immortality. In an animal.

(Photo: Peter Schuchert)

Jun 11, 2010

Pacific Ocean is fun!

How about a cocktail with tetrodotoxin, 5-hydroxytryptamine, hyaluronidase, tyramine, histamine, tryptamine, octopamine, taurine, acetylcholine, and dopamine?

Jun 10, 2010

The Autistic puzzle:

You won't solve it by stopping vaccination.

Jun 8, 2010

Strange adaptations:

Cute Overload. So cute they blow your head off if you stare too long.

Jun 2, 2010

Another round in the eternal fight between...

...Times New Roman vs. Arial.