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Written By: grant on April 21, 2014 No Comment

Nature has published an article about a cave insect that combines the words “marathon sex session” with “the female’s spiky penis”:

In desolate caves throughout Brazil live insects that copulate for days, the female’s penetrating erectile organ sticking fast in a reluctant male’s genital chamber until he offers a gift of nutritious semen. Neotrogla seems to be unique among species [...]

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Written By: grant on March 9, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Surface of a Western honeybee’s eye</i>, by Janice Carr and Connie Flowers.


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Gaze into the eye of the bee, and the colony gazes into you. This is not honeycomb, but the individual components (ommatidia) of a bee’s compound eye.

Full credit here is by Janice Carr (photo credit) and Connie Flowers, Pamela Munn (content provider), found on Asknature.org.

Written By: grant on March 5, 2014 No Comment

Nature digs up the info on the termite robots built this castle:

The robots all work independently. Each travels along a grid and can move, climb a step and lift and put down bricks. And they use sensors to detect other robots and existing bricks, and react to these stimuli according to a simple set of rules, such as [...]

Written By: grant on February 24, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “The Road We Wander.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Monarch migration may become extinct,” Laboratory Equipment, 30 January 2014, as used in the post “Monarch migration may be over. Forever.”

ABSTRACT: This song coincided with me listening to a lot of new Balkan music. I [...]

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Written By: grant on January 31, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment has some bad news for butterflies:

After steep and steady declines in the previous three years, the black-and-orange butterflies now cover only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, compared to 2.93 acres (1.19 hectares) last year, says the report released by the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico’s Environment Department and [...]

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Written By: grant on October 20, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Plate CCCII, Fig. A.B. Capensis</i>, from Pieter Cramer’s <i>De Uitlandische Kapellen</i>, 1779

A plate of geometrically arranged capensis moths, as recorded by Pieter Cramer, a fabric merchant and butterfly fan.

The whole book is charming. From the Biological Diversity Library collection.

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Written By: grant on September 13, 2013 No Comment

This was all over Reddit and ScienceDaily today, because it’s cool. Biologists have found the first example of machine-like gears in a living organism, a critter called an adolescent Issus:

Through a combination of anatomical analysis and high-speed video capture of normal Issus movements, scientists from the University of Cambridge have been able to reveal these functioning natural gears [...]

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