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A New Species Discovered … On Flickr

Over a year ago, entomologist Shaun Winterton spotted a previously unknown species of a lacewing insect as he was browsing Flickr. He really didn’t know what it was at the time, but he knew he’s neever seen anything like it. He contacted the photgrapher, Guek Hock Ping, who shot the picture in Malaysia. No, he [...]

9 Crazy, Creepy, and Creative Knit Projects

Maybe you can knit a scarf or a sweater. If so, imagination is the only thing standing between you and these delightfully odd creations. Well, time may be another factor. But isn’t it wonderful that some folks have the time, skills, and imagination to create these daringly different knitted works? 1. Eyeballs Max Alexander does all kinds [...]

Fossilized Pregnant Dinosaur May Present First Evidence of Live Birth

This fossilized Polycotylus latippinus, a carnivorous marine reptile that lived 78 million years ago, contains a smaller, less developed skeleton inside of her. Scientists are therefore speculating that this creature did not lay eggs like other dinosaurs, but gave birth to live young. If true, then this dinosaur may have exhibited maternal care behavior similar [...]

Oldest, Oddest Fungi Finally Photographed

The fungal cells in this picture are so small and hard to detect that they had to be colored with fluorescent dye before they could be recorded. They are attached to algae cells. The first views suggest that unlike any other fungi known, these might live as essentially naked cells without the rigid cell wall that [...]

Ice Age Cup Made from Human Skull

It is said that Alboin (d. 572), King of the Lombards, had the skull of his enemy, King Cunimind of the Gepids, turned into a drinking cup. It was the ultimate sign of triumph against a defeated foe. This tradition, however, whether for practical or emotional purposes, now appears to date back almost 15,000 years: Ice [...]

Plarchie

Plarchie is a 8-meter long squid knitted entirely out of plastic bags! Deadly Knitshade made and displayed him at London’s Natural History Museum, where he also posed for pictures with a statue of Charles Darwin. See more pictures at Whodunnknit. Link -via Ectoplasmosis

Neanderthals Cooked Their Vegetables

Research by the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian natural history museum shows us that Neanderthals were not all that different from modern humans in their eating habits. They ate grains and vegetables as well as meat, and they cooked their dinners, too! Researchers found grains from numerous plants, including a type of wild grass, as [...]

Museum secures Loch Ness Monster rights

London’s Natural History Museum has secured the rights to display the remains of the Loch Ness Monster should it ever be captured in exchange for …

Egg Within an Egg

(YouTube Link) This video by YouTube user Elman511 shows a chicken egg that contains another chicken egg — shell and all — inside. I suspected this was a hoax until I read about the phenomenon of ovum in ovo: Douglas Russell, speaking about the phenomenon in the New Scientist, said: “As the curator of the British Natural [...]