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The Curious Case of the Aye-Aye’s Middle Finger

The aye-aye, an odd-looking lemur indigenous to Madagascar, has a very unusual extra-long middle finger that it uses to forage for food. Scientists have discovered that the unusual finger is even more unusual, as the [...]

Stunning Time Lapse of Earth Seen from Space Station

Do you have five minutes to see what Earth really looks like? You need to watch the time lapse video below. It shows spectacular low-Earth-orbit views of our planet — the northern (and southern) lights are patches of swirling electric-green fog, our cities look like patches of fire, and thunderstorms flicker and twinkle [...]

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 [...]

The Most Amazing Geological Wonders On Earth

Just try to navigate this massive stone forest in Madagascar.The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar is home to a number of critically endangered lorises, which might actually be a good thing -who is going to brave traveling though this terrifying area just to poach a loris? Link

Myth-Adventure: The True Story of Captain Kidd

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader. Here at the BRI,  we’re huge fans of Richard Zak’s books. They’re great bathroom reading. He has a new book coming out: The Pirate Hunter-The True Story of Captain Kidd. Here’s a teaser from his masterpiece, An Underground Education. WORKIN’ FOR THE MAN While the popular [...]

A Mathemusician Explains How Sound Works

Self-proclaimed “recreational mathemusician” Vi Hart has posted an excellent short film explaining the science and mathematics of sound, frequency, and pitch. Basically Hart shows us how the chromatic scale was originally measured, how musical instruments work, and how we hear sound. It’s playful and smart — exactly what you need to watch right [...]

Golden Textile Made From Spiders Silk

There’s an amazing collaboration between man and insect on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, a cloth woven purely from the silk of over a million Golden Orb spiders. This magnificent textile, naturally golden in color and seemingly imbued with it’s own luminescence, took over four years to make after eighty gatherers spent five [...]

A Group of Little-Known Lemurs

Thanks to the animated film, Madagascar, most children and their parents are familiar with the Ring-Tailed lemur. But there are many species–most endangered–that deserve a little attention, too. BTW, “group” is the official collective noun for lemurs, but I think it should be something different, like “prank” or “chatter”. How do I go about getting [...]

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Photo: Piotr Naskrecki – via LifeScience Image of the Day Talkin’ bout the devil – here’s a picture of the Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko (previously on Neatorama): The satanic leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) is the smallest of 12 species of bizarre-looking leaf-tailed geckos. The nocturnal creature has extremely cryptic camouflage so it can hide out in forests in [...]

For Valentine’s Day, Name a Roach After Your Loved One

“Flowers wilt. Chocolates melt. Roaches are forever.” That’s the advice offered by the Bronx Zoo in conjunction with their limited-time Valentine’s Day offer: How better to express your appreciation for that special someone than to name a Madagascar hissing cockroach after them? Naming a roach in honor of someone near and dear to your heart shows that [...]