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Wheel Clamp Man: Hero or Villain?

A caped crusader who named himself the Wheel Clamp Man found his calling when he got clamped one day. Now, the mystery man with a Zapata mustache and green leotard roams the city of [...]

The Late Movies: 11 Close Encounters with Sharks

Last night marked the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. The annual summer event is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is broadcast in more than 72 countries. To celebrate everyone’s favorite shark extravaganza, we’ve rounded up 11 videos of close encounters with sharks. Enjoy! Warning: These videos often include yells of profanity. If you’re [...]

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 [...]

8 Wild and Wonderful Stone Giants Around the World

A few years ago, I wrote about some interesting rock formations in the post Nature’s Stone Giants. Then there was a followup: Rocks that Rock: 8 Stone Giant Sites. As usual, commenters had more suggestions for wonderful rock formations worth checking out. From a long list of rocks, here are eight that lie outside the [...]

11 Things That Happened on Other Cool Dates

11/22/11 is the 791st anniversary of Frederick II being crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the 293rd anniversary of Blackbeard’s beheading, the 254th anniversary of the Austrian defeat of Prussia in the Seven Years’ War’s Battle of Breslau, the 48th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and what would have been novelist George Eliot’s 192nd birthday. [...]

Baby Numbats

I’ve learned two things from this post over about ZooBorns. First, there’s such a thing as a numbat: a termite eating marsupial that lives in Australia. Second, numbat babies are so darned cute! The Perth Zoo has successfully hand-reared four baby Numbats after keepers noticed they were not suckling and losing weight. Numbats are termite-eating marsupials [...]

850 New Species Discovered in Underground Lakes and Caves of Australia

Photo: Australian Center for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity, University of Adelaide Does it seem like science is discovering new species left and right lately? After the discovery of the Cat Ba Leopard gecko, bristleworm that eats only dead whale bones, a ghostshark with sex organ on its head, scientists discovered not one, not one hundred, but [...]