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What is that thing?

Posted By David L. Evans, Friday, December 20, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The unusual: April 17-24
Thanks this week to Vuvi Nguyen
C-section saves turtle's life

http://www.muldersworld.com/photo.asp?id=16240

Free, short note, images from
Mulder's World

The joking crow


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2014/04/16/crows-like-my-pal-george-arent-just-smart-theyre-also-jokers/

Full, free blog from
Sci. Am.

Beyond odd: April 10-17

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Zombies!

Plants, bugs: where will it end!!??

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bacteria-turn-plants-and-insects-into-zombies/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140410

Full, free item from
Sci. Am.

Anti-zombie spray: save yourselves!


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/psi-vid/2014/04/06/zombie-apocalypse-survival-chemistry-death-cologne/

Short, free note, video from Sci. Am.

Mammals...maybe

The decaying body

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/what-happens-to-your-body-after-you-die/

Full, free animation from
Sci. Am.

Did they have a live chupacabra?


http://www.wtop.com/?nid=893&sid=3597279

Free video from
WTOP

Cute rat

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/2014/04/16/wordless-wednesday-pouched-rat-having-a-treat/

Short, free explanation, video from
Sci. Am.

Not mammals

How smart are crows?


https://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/she/are-crows-the-most-brilliant-of-birds-091426117.html

Short, free blog, video from
Yahoo

The foot of the mite

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/image-of-the-week/2014/04/10/a-mitey-claw/

Short explanation, image from Sci. Am.


April foolishness: April 3-10
Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein
Phood phantasies


Cheeteau: The cheetos perfume


http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/cheetos-perfume

Brief note, image from Delish

Eight food pranks

http://www.urbanspoon.com/articles/13403-april-fools-day-eight-of-the-best-food-pranks

From the Urbanspoon 


Just interesting

Living oarfish

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/2014/04/07/more-oarfish-and-this-time-theyre-alive/

Short, free essay, images, videos from Sci. Am.


The zebra's stripes and those biting flies


http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/04/scientists-solve-riddle-zebras%E2%80%99-stripes?et_cid=3859063&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free article from R&D Mag.


The silly season: March 27-April 3
Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein
Winged worries
Bird-eating spider


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT_4YrUrHcU&feature=youtu.be

Full, free video from YouTube

The magpie and the puppy

http://www.youtube.com/embed/qoaEBb4IN4Q?rel=0

Complete, free video from YouTube

Mostly mammals

Man does C-section on porcupine, saves baby

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268744/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=vroWZsZa

Short, free story from AP

So two atoms walk into a bar and...

http://www.rdmag.com/videos/2014/04/periodic-puns-chemistry-jokes-time-april-fools%E2%80%99-day?et_cid=3858004&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Free video from R&D Mag.

Photos of extinct animals


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/10-extinct-animals-lost-to-planet-earth-but-preserved-in-photographs-excerpt-photo-essay/?page=1

Brief notes and images from Sci. Am.

The zoo that we call our body


http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=4&from=en-us_msnhp#/video/1414c082-f6ba-41db-9d65-b5cd47281a07

Free video from MSN


The March of madness: March 20-27

The blushing squid
.
http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39556/title/Image-of-the-Day--Shimmering-Squid-Skin/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

This week in strange: March 13-20

The homesick pythons

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25248-displaced-pythons-display-record-homing-instinct.html

Full, free story, video from New Sci.

Senses in the shark

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39207/title/Jaws--Reconsidered/

Full, free essay from
The Scientist
.

​I knew you was a plant: sea anemones--plant micro RNA's


http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2014/03/sea-anemone-genetically-half-animal-half-plant?et_cid=3830608&et_rid=54713780&location=top

Full, free article, image from Biosci. Tech.


Winter of the weird: March 6-13
Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein​ and Joyce Shaw

Not mammals

What a fun guy!


http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/2014/03/07/fungi-like-youve-never-seen-them-before/

Full, free blog, images from Sci. Am.

Mammals

Did he hold his breath for 17 minutes?

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_blaine_how_i_held_my_breath_for_17_min

Free video from 
TED

Playful elk


http://m.koreus.com/video/wapiti-vs-photographe.html


Free video from Koreus

Interesting this week: Feb. 27-March 6
Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein
Yowsers!

Do zombies exist? Depends on what you mean!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-zombies-exist/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140303

Free graphic presentation from Sci. Am.

Python eating a crocodile

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26417534

Full, free blog, images from BBC News

Pig on wheels!

http://www.weather.com/video/adorable-pigon-wheels-45019?collid=/video-minutes/crazimals

Free video from The Weather Channel

Intending to be funny

What does the spleen do?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEi_4Cyx4Uw

Free video from You Tube

Will Ferrell: diet cola as a vegetable

http://www.today.com/health/what-will-ferrell-gets-schooled-healthy-eating-michelle-obama-little-2D12163075

Free story, video from NBC News

Father Guido explains higher education


http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/02/28/essay-making-midcourse-changes-teaching-plans

Free essay, video from Inside Hi. Ed.

Odd never takes a holiday: Feb. 20-27

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

Animals acting up

Climbing crocodiles!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/crocodiles-can-climb-trees/?&WT.mc_id=SA_EVO_20140217

Full, free item from Sci. Am.

Ant boats save queens

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/19/ants-animals-flood-rafts-science-weird/

Complete, free story, image, video from Nat. Geo.

 Maybe the octopus just didn't like paparazzi!

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2014/02/21/giant-octopus-checks-out-camera-and-diver-video/

Full, free article, video from Sci. Am.

Humans

Putting fluorescent antlers on reindeer: eat your heart out Rudolph!

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268744/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=m49G9OkK

Short, note, image from AP

Why does chopping onions make one cry?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/video/why-do-onions-make-us-cry/?&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140224

Short, free note, video from Sci. Am.
Very strange: Feb. 13-20

Thanks to 'net detective Paul Blumstein

"Stone baby" in Columbian woman Warning: disturbing content

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/02/17/doctors-find-44-year-old-fetus-inside-84-year-old-woman/20831752/

Short, free item, video, link to scientific journal article from AOL

Winner of the best science parody of 2014

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/And-the-Winner-for-Best-Science-Parody-is.../biotechniques-349869.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=300a5f42d4-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-300a5f42d4-87291326#.Uv5v3NJdXzg

Full, free article, video from BioTechniq.

What they found in her ear!

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1212769?query=TOC

Short, free note, images from New Engl. j. Med.

What color is YOUR dinosaur?

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-349548.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=3e74e8a5c9-cell-biology-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-3e74e8a5c9-87291326#.Uv41TtJdXzi

Full, free article, image from BioTechniq.

Ya gotta be kidding me: Feb. 6-13

Larva of intestinal schistosomiasis

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39115/title/Image-of-the-Day--Young-Trematode/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Pacific salmon and the magnetic map

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26067065

Full, free article, link to research abstract from BBC News

Eek: Jan. 30-Feb 6

Thanks this week to 'net detectives Paul and Brett Blumstein

Great snakes!

Flying snakes and UFO's

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24967-zoologger-flying-snake-gets-lift-from-ufo-cross-section.html

Full, free essay, video from New Scientist

Allegation: snake horder

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2014/jan/30/house-snakes-teacher-arrested-hoarding-reptiles-rodents-video

Newspaper article, video

At least they have legs

Ready for the Yeti? White Bigfoot in New England?

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/02/01/Bigfoot-sightings-claimed-in-Vermont-Maine/UPI-51071391284128/?spt=mps&or=1

Free video from UPI

So long to the axolotl?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2014/02/02/axolotl-extinct/

Short, free piece, videos from Sci. Am.

Not what you want to wake up to!

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/39035/title/Image-of-the-Day--Carnivorous-Insect/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Vote for your favorite performance to win the Lab Grammy--some strong language

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-349555.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=356abc71d0-weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-356abc71d0-87291326#.Uuu8dNJdXzh

Free videos from BioTechniques

An octopus with two phalluses

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2014/01/31/odd-male-octopus-flaunts-two-unexpected-arm-phalluses/

Short, free item from Sci. Am.

Everyday odd: Jan. 23-30

What color was that dinosaur?

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-349548.html?utm_source=BioTechniques+Newsletters+%26+e-Alerts&utm_campaign=2569ff5f8a-pcr-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5f518744d7-2569ff5f8a-87291326#.Uup4zNJdXzj

Full, free article, image, reference from BioTechniques.

Lovesick frogs risk it all

http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/risky-ripples-frog-s-love-song-may-summon-kiss-death

Press release from The Smithsonian

True but strange: Jan. 16-23

Thanks to Linda Moussakova

Cups

Cups for HAPS-ters

http://anatomy-uk.com/2014/01/20/muntiki-anatomical-mugs/

From the website

Lifting a cup with the Vikings

http://www.livescience.com/42559-nordic-grog-ancient-alcoholic-beverage.html

Full, free story, links from LiveScience.

Other oddnesses

Instant Egghead's bloopers tape: do you get fumblemouth too?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/at-scientific-american/2014/01/14/instant-egghead-cracks-up/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_BS_20140117

Free video from Sci. Am.

Winter of the weird: Jan. 9-16

Speedy the octopus

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2014/01/13/octopus-sets-speed-record-for-jar-opening/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20140113

Short, free item from Sci. Am.

Miley Cyrus parody on evolution

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/video-of-the-week/2014/01/13/finally-a-science-themed-miley-cyrus-parody/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20140113

Free video from Sci. Am.

WHAAAT: Jan. 2-9

Just interesting, that's all

The wandering testes of the hippopotamus

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=highly-mobile-testicles-frustrate-effort-to-calm-hippos-in-captivity&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140108

Full, free essay, image, links from Sci. Am.

Staph trying to defend itself against leukocytes?

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38781/title/Image-of-the-Day--Protective-Coat/

Brief explanation, image from The Scientist..

Lots of legs

Your skin's view of a tick!

.http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=ticks-latch-on-with-telescoping-barbed-mouthparts&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20140103

Free, short item, SEM from Sci. Am..

All of that trouble for just one egg!

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38785/title/Image-of-the-Day--Silky-Structure/

Brief description, image from The Scientist.

Lunch time

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38773/title/Image-of-the-Day--Hungry-Mantis/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist..

Strange but true: Dec. 26-Jan. 2

Unusual animals of 2013

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2013/12/24/top-ten-strangest-animal-moments-of-2013/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20131230

Brief explanations, images, videos from Sci. Am.

Drumming out danger--termite style

 http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38377/title/Little-Drummer-Bugs/

Full, free essay, image, links from The Scientist

Winter of the weird: Dec. 19-26

Thanks this week to 'net detectives Wendy Riggs and Linda Moussakova

Health historians

http://histoiresante.blogspot.ca/

Free blog, images from Histoire Sante

Just give me a hunk of that longissimus thoracis

http://www.paffa.state.pa.us/CDE%20NEW/Meats/Beef%20Muscle%20Common%20Names.pdf

Chart from Univ. Nebraska

The zombie ants are on the march. Yipes!

http://www.the-scientist.com//?articles.view/articleNo/38057/title/Image-of-the-Day--Zombie-Ant/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Epithelial cell's view of Giardia

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/35750/title/Image-of-the-Day--Persistent-Parasite/

Short explanation, SEM from The Scientist

Dubious December: Dec. 12-19

Thanks to 'net detectives Kira Wennstrom and Joanne Dougherty

Back-boned critters

Gift ideas for the biologist: ties, drinking glasses, and more

http://www.biotechniques.com/news/biotechniquesNews/biotechniques-348598.html#.UrSAM9JDvzh

Free slide show from BioTechniques

007: licensed to booze

http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7255

Complete, free article from BMJ

Med school students' parodies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGAF9SHDn2A

Free video from You Tube

What is inside a shark?

http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/mccauley/6a_site_images/fish-images/shark-pano-980-b.jpg

Free website

Jointed legs

Eye see you!

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38601/title/Image-of-the-Day--Here-s-Looking-at-You--Krill/

Short explanation, image from The Scientist

Yes: that bee really does recognize you

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=face-recognition-honeybees&WT.mc_id=SA_CAT_EVO_20131209

Preview of article from Sci. Amer.



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