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11 Legendary Monsters of Africa

The legendary monsters series continues with some scary stories from Africa. There are so many nations and discrete communities in Africa that the problem here was not finding the legendary stories, but whittling down the list to a manageable number. 1. Inkanyamba The Inkanyamba is a huge carnivorous eel-like animal in the legends of the Zulu and [...]

6 Things You Can Train to Detect Bombs

Police, military, and security personnel have used dogs for years to locate explosives. In the last decade, homeland security and Middle East battlefronts have created an overwhelming demand for these four-legged finders that cannot always be met. Luckily, Mother Nature offers us a few other ways to detect things that go boom. 1. Bees Bomb-sniffing [...]

6 Unusual Members of Mother Nature’s Bomb Squad

Police, military, and security personnel have used dogs for years to locate explosives. In the last decade, homeland security and Middle East battlefronts have created an overwhelming demand for these four-legged finders that cannot always be met. Luckily, Mother Nature offers us a few other ways to detect things that go boom. 1. Bees Bomb-sniffing [...]

Wait For Me!

(YouTube link) Just some elephant footage taken at Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. -via Arbroath

Answer This And Win £1,000: Why Does Hot Water Freeze Faster Than Cold Water?

Psst! Want £1,000? All you have to do is explain this curious property of water: why does hot water freeze faster than cold water. The Royal Society of Chemistry is backing the prize: "Ice cream makers and bartenders alike use the fact that [...]

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on His Hands

Spencer West has no legs, so he walked on his hands. All the way up Mt. Kilimanjaro! Word came last night that West has reached Uhuru Peak in Tanzania, the highest altitude in Africa. From his blog: The moment the summit was within sight… it was incredible. We looked around – me, David and Alex – [...]

Call Me Hope

(YouTube link) This catchy video was created by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson and set to the music of Paul Simon. It is the second video of a campaign called “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential Campaign” from Mama Hope, a nonprofit organization working to improve the living conditions of people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana [...]

Getting High Off Someone Else’s Blood

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. “Flashblood.” The word itself conjures the idea of something not-so-good, and the description confirms it. Flashblooding is the practice of injecting oneself with the blood of another person — a person who [...]

BeetleCam

(YouTube link) Wildlife photographers (and brothers) Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas created the BeetlCam. It’s a remote-control 4-wheel-drive miniature vehicle (toy) with a remote-control camera mounted on top, designed to take pictures of dangerous wild animals. Here we see the gadget in action in Tanzania. It appears to work very well! -via Laughing Squid

4 Animals You Can Only Find in Zoos

People go to zoos to see the animals from exotic locales we couldn’t get to on our own. But some of these animals can’t be seen anywhere except zoos. These are the animals that are extinct in the wild, dependent on the keepers and zoo breeding programs for their very survival. Here are a few [...]