Mental health, public health, global health. New and interesting developments in technology and the arts. Meditation research. And occasionally cute animals.

 

Talk with a dolphin via underwater translation machine

A DIVER carrying a computer that tries to recognise dolphin sounds and generate responses in real time will soon attempt to communicate with wild dolphins off the coast of Florida. If the bid is successful, it will be a big step towards two-way communication between humans and dolphins.

Millions of Spiders in Pakistan Encase Entire Trees in Webs

The unprecedented flooding in Pakistan in the latter half of 2010 disrupted the lives of 20 million people, but it also affected the country’s arachnid population.

thedailywhat:

Also: It’s Bunday!
[randompictures.]
Earlier: Bunnies in paper cups.

Oh man! I had a really vivid dream yesterday about three little baby bunnies.  Think I just realized the inspiration for it.

thedailywhat:

Also: It’s Bunday!

[randompictures.]

Earlier: Bunnies in paper cups.

Oh man! I had a really vivid dream yesterday about three little baby bunnies.  Think I just realized the inspiration for it.

Why I love the internet

For those times when, at 12:50 a.m., you suddenly find yourself wondering, how does an ant breathe, when they obvious don’t have lungs?

Though, I’ve still not been able to find out how to milk a platypus.  Internet, I’ve not forgiven you for that one yet, but you’re on the way.

Edward Cullen as a cat.
When the day of cat reckoning comes, we will pay as a species for such sins.

Edward Cullen as a cat.

When the day of cat reckoning comes, we will pay as a species for such sins.

Cockroach Brains May Hold New Antibiotics?

Cockroaches may make your skin crawl, but the insects—or, to be exact, their brains—could one day save your life. That’s because the central nervous systems of American cockroaches produce natural antibiotics that can kill off bacteria often deadly to humans, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and toxic strains of Escherichia coli, scientists said this week.

Wee ants protect African savanna trees from elephants

It’s a David versus Goliath kind of story, with an ecological twist: In African savannas (regions with both trees and grass), acacia-dwelling ants can repel voracious, tree-eating elephants, according to new research by published online September 2 in Current Biology.

thedailywhat:

Fish-Executing Faucet of the Day: Yan Lu’s “Poor Little Fish Basin” stresses the importance of water conservation by threatening to kill a fish every time you wash your hands.
Actually, the fish is never in any danger as the pipeline leading to the fish’s habitat is kept separate from the one leading to the tap and the water level reduction in the bowl is just for show. Still, it gets the point across.
[tuvie.]

thedailywhat:

Fish-Executing Faucet of the Day: Yan Lu’s “Poor Little Fish Basin” stresses the importance of water conservation by threatening to kill a fish every time you wash your hands.

Actually, the fish is never in any danger as the pipeline leading to the fish’s habitat is kept separate from the one leading to the tap and the water level reduction in the bowl is just for show. Still, it gets the point across.

[tuvie.]

abcsoupdot:

Human-Like Brain Found in Worm - Discovery News

Brain structures like the human cerebral cortex have just been identified in this marine ragworm. The discovery means that the origins of the human brain can now be traced back at least 600 million years, when we last shared a common ancestor with this species, Platynereis dumerilii, a relative of the common earthworm.

abcsoupdot:

Human-Like Brain Found in Worm - Discovery News

Brain structures like the human cerebral cortex have just been identified in this marine ragworm. The discovery means that the origins of the human brain can now be traced back at least 600 million years, when we last shared a common ancestor with this species, Platynereis dumerilii, a relative of the common earthworm.

phoenixearth:

picture-perfect-world:

This video clip from NatGeo is for those who weren’t sure about the narwhal picture and whether or not narwhals are real. :)

Good, because I thought they weren’t. That’s crazy that they’re real, what an amazing creature.

thedailywhat:

Cute Animals Being Cute of the Day: Jens the 9-week-old arctic fox playing with his toys.

[reddit.]

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

I installed an ant colony inside my scanner five years ago. I scanned the nest each week. music : Franks - Infected Mushroom.