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Spider Named for Sir David Attenborough

A newly-discovered species of goblin spider has been named in honor of British TV naturalist David Attenborough, and is now classified as Prethopalpus attenboroughi. The informal name will be Attenborough’s goblin spider. In an acceptance speech in Perth, Western Australia, Sir David said about his new namesake: “I take it that it is careful in its [...]

The Late Movies: 13 Carnivorous Plants Eating Insects…and More

Tonight, prepare to be a little grossed out: videos of carnivorous plants eating stuff. Not for the faint of heart! Sundew vs. Fruit Fly Timelapse Taken over six hours. Venus Flytrap vs. Slug The audio is just buzzing, making it even more bizarre. Venus Flytrap vs. Fly Tense. Audio is bad/unimportant. Venus Flytrap vs. Butterfly and Frog That might actually [...]

Roraima: the Strangest Mountain on Earth

If I were a better hiker, this would be very high on my list of places to visit before I die. It’s a landscape out of science-fiction — quite literally, as the exploits of early adventurers here is said to have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. While no one’s found any dinosaurs up [...]

Carnivorous Plants: Hungry & Gorgeous

“QUANTUM SHOT” #654Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Passive-Aggressive, Green and Very Hungry! You have to admit, it does make a kind of twisted sense: After all, we’ve been feasting on their fibrous, nutrition-packed stems, leaves, tubers, and fruits since we began to actually eat the salad that came with our steaks so, naturally, [...]

Scientists Who Can Sing

Well, not really — they’ve been autotuned by a talented Youtuber called Melodysheep, who’s made a number of great, toe-tapping videos that make you think, like this one, in which a number of prominent thinkers and scientists discuss the nature of science itself — ultimately characterizing it as “the poetry of reality.” I like that. Alan [...]

Symphony of Science: “The Unbroken Thread” (Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)

Get ready for another awesome Symphony of Science video! Yes, that’s right, more auto-tuned scientists with cool music and video. (See previous videos: A Glorious Dawn, Our Place in the Cosmos, and We Are All Connected.) In this installment, it’s primarily David Attenborough and Carl Sagan, though about two-thirds of the way in, Jane Goodall makes [...]