OK every once and awhile you come across some strange stuff and here I’ve piled two together – enjoy going into the basement now. Oh and these links also have videos so if you get grossed out easily you are warned :-)
Just in case you didn’t already think that insects were terrifying/awesome enough, here is a delightful collection of bugs that we are lucky enough to live amongst, coupled with some ever so dramatic videos for your viewing pleasure.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/most-horrifying-and-awesome-creepy-crawlies-world#ZMQvHicF9QWFjCXx.99
and if that was not enough here are some more
Here’s a small collection of bizarre animals that we hope some of you may have never heard of. The animal kingdom does love variety – and feel free to add your own in the comments section.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/strangest-animals-youve-never-heard#VzAaUYBWXTKUFGGm.99
And if that was not enough we have zombie bugs too!
Some species of parasitic fungi can only manipulate the behavior of the natural targets they co-evolved with. When that fungus encounters the brain of its preferred host ant, it emits a cocktail of zombifying chemicals. While the parasite could still infect other species, its mind-altering chemicals won’t get them to do its dirty work, according to the first extensive study of zombie ants in North America.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/zombifying-fungus-recognizes-brain-its-favorite-host#jJwVMipe5zB5L5iD.99
Gotta love IFLSCIENCE!
Superpowers aren’t only found between the pages of comic books; there are many animals on Earth who have extreme abilities compared to humans. Check out this video from Hybrid Librarian that explores 10 amazing animals with incredible superhero-like talents:
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/10-animals-incredible-superpowers#rk2cgWYTVdUoyJmK.99
A study by University of Sydney that’s featured on CityLab today tracks a particular arachnid named Nephila plumipes, which is famous for spinning giant webs, hence its common name, the golden orb-weaver. The team measured both city and country spiders for a variety of biometric indicators including tibia length and ovary weight, and found that the urban spiders were larger in size, had more fat reserves, and indeed had heavier ovaries. Heavier ovaries = lots and lots of eggs.
You know where this is going right?
So many things we throw away and so many people create cool things with it just for us to say “I could do that” but yet we never did.
Practically everyone drinks soda and if you are someone who prefers 2 liter bottles, you may have mounds of plastic to throw away at the end of the month. Instead of throwing out those bottles, why not do something creative? People are increasingly creating different ways of reducing the damage we are causing to the planet bringing intelligent ideas about recycling and reusing daily objects.
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Just in time for the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing‘s death, a group of researchers claim to have developed a program that has passed the test Turing invented for artificial intelligence for the very first time. However, those claims might have been overstated, as many disagree that the Turing test has actually been passed.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/computer-has-reportedly-passed-turing-test-first-time#0sYdOI1YIAVGx9Qg.99