Un(fore)seen consequences

March 21st, 2014

Power lines look like terrifying bursts of light to animals:

What does a power line look like? To humans, they don't look like much – just strands of metal draping from towering poles. But for many animals, they're terrifying.

They see power lines as lines of bursting, popping lights. That's because they can see ultraviolet light that's outside the spectrum of human vision. […]

[Via jwz]

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Jellyfish, humans – what's the difference? From a machine's point of view…

October 6th, 2013

First SkyNet came for the jellyfish…

[This] is a team of unmanned swimming robots designed to scour an area and grind up all the jellyfish they find. And they've got the chops (literally) to suck up jellyfish at a rate of 900 kilograms – nearly 2,000 pounds – an hour.

The invention comes from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Engineer Hyeon Myeong and colleagues developed it to help clear fishing waters of jellyfish blooms. […]

[Via jwz]

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World of Change

September 29th, 2013

NASA's Earth Observatory posted a slideshow depicting Devastation and Recovery at Mt. St. Helens:

The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, which began with a series of small earthquakes in mid-March and peaked with a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion on May 18, was not the largest nor longest-lasting eruption in the mountain's recent history. But as the first eruption in the continental United States during the era of modern scientific observation, it was uniquely significant.

In the three decades since the eruption, Mt. St. Helens has given scientists an unprecedented opportunity to witness the intricate steps through which life reclaims a devastated landscape. […]

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WildHelp App

August 26th, 2013

The WildHelp App is a really nice idea:

Every day, people encounter wild animals in need of help. Animals are found sick, injured, displaced, trapped, entangled, and in serious trouble, but, the task of finding help can be arduous.

Too often, finders must make multiple phone calls, using critical minutes, even hours, in search of the right person or organization that can help.

Delays in finding qualified help is one of the greatest, most pervasive issues faced by wildlife casualties and the people who find them.

There is a missing link. WildHelp is the missing link.

The WildHelp mobile application will streamline the reporting process, expediting aid to wild animals in need and the people who find them, helping save thousands of lives every year!

[Via Chuq Von Rospach]

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WTF, Evolution?

March 15th, 2013

WTF, Evolution? (a.k.a. nightmare fuel.)

The hairy frogfish cannot believe what you've done…

Hairy frogfish

… or …

I really don't want anyone to eat this wattle cup…

Hairy brown moth

[Via Schneier on Security]

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WWF Pandas

December 9th, 2010

WWF Pandas. Very silly.

[Via MeFi user jewzilla, posting to this thread]

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Vicious beastie

November 28th, 2010

Beware the Sufi crocodile.

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November 7th, 2010

ZooBorns. So much cuteness it hurts. (Some are less cute, but still interesting.)

[Via slipstream]

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Giant Octopus Cake

September 14th, 2010

A Giant Octopus cake: far too good to eat.

[Via jwz]

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August 16th, 2010

How The Male Angler Fish Gets Completely Screwed.

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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