Animals/Wildlife

8:54am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

This Video May Creep You Out: Artist Turns Dearly Departed Cat Into Helicopter

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:20 pm

Orville, the flying helicopter cat made by artist Bert Jansen. The cat is part of an art fair in Amsterdam.
Ade Johnson AFP/Getty Images

(Did you read our headline? Think twice before clicking "play.")

Dutch artist Bart Jansen says he loved his cat, Orville.

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7:37am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Hairy, Scary, Biting Spiders - And They Travel In Packs

A spider suspected to be a new species of tarantula is displayed
AP

Here's a nightmare come true: a group of Indian villagers were gathered for a festival last month when they were attacked by a swarm of large, biting spiders. They're hairy, have fangs, and apparently latch on when they sink their teeth into their prey.

Calling Peter Parker.

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5:43am

Tue June 5, 2012

1:02am

Tue June 5, 2012
Animals

Splish Splat? Why Raindrops Don't Kill Mosquitoes

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:53 am

When a raindrop hits a mosquito, the mosquito and drop join together, and the mosquito rides the drop for about a thousandth of a second before its wings, which act like kites, pull it out of the water.
CDC Public Health Image Library

Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at 20 mph. That's how raindrops look to a mosquito, yet a raindrop weighing 50 times more than one can hit the insect and the mosquito will survive.

How?

Put yourself in a mosquito's shoes — or rain boots — for a moment and step outside into a downpour of seemingly gigantic raindrops.

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6:57am

Fri June 1, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

What The Vampire Said To The Horseshoe Crab: 'Your Blood Is Blue?'

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:13 am

Marvin Joseph The Washington Post

I'd never seen this before, because I thought it was just a figure of speech referring to kings and noblemen. But in real life, there are creatures that have blue blood — literally blue — like this:

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