From the entrancing Micro Universe Tumblr: a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod.
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The Shiroko High Carbon Steel Kurouchi Kujira Whale Utility Chef's Knife is available in four models (the Type B has some clever handle-stuff going on -- and the charming, hand-forged kids' pencil sharpening knives are now available in the US!
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From West Coast Native News: "This is how big a grizzly bears paw is – by the way, the bear is sedated and about to be tagged."
Brian M. Cassidy snapped this photo of a cat peering through a window with a poster announcing that it was missing.
Why would someone wear a realistic bear costume and use it bother a mother grizzly and her two cubs trying to eat salmon in an Alaska river? First of all, he's lucky the mother bear didn't eviscerate him when he ran to within five to ten feet of the cubs and began “waving and jumping,” according to a group of people watching from a respectful distance. Second, it's stressful to the bears.
Alaska Fish and Game technician Lou Cenicola, was able to move the mother bear out of the way, and he tried to talk to the man. The man didn't remove the bear head, and didn't identify himself. He told Cenicola, “You have the license plate number. You figure it out.” Then he drove away, still in costume.
State troopers are investigating and said the man could face wildlife harassment charges. [via]
An extraordinary scene took place on Saturday last at a small village within three miles of Middleton. A half-witted fellow named James Driscott had cruelly ill-used his donkey. He was told by several of the villagers that he would be brought up before the magistrates and severely punished; but his informants said that if he consented to do penance for his inhuman conduct, no information should be laid against him. Driscott gladly agreed to the proposed terms. The donkey was placed in the cart, and its owner, with the collar round his neck, was constrained to drag his four-footed servant through the village. The scene is described by a local reporter as being the most laughter-moving one he had ever witnessed. — Illustrated Police News, Jan. 22, 1876[via]
John Kelly of the Washington Post spotted a pair of leopard slugs mating on his driveway. He called Megan Paustian, a research biologist who consults for Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, to explain how slug sex works.
After Paustian told Kelly that she was "kind of jealous" that he got to watch a live leopard slug sex act when she has only been able to watch leopard slug porn, she went on to explain how they do it: “They make a mucus thread and then dangle down on it. As they hang there, the hermaphroditic slugs extrude their translucent penises — out of their heads. They swap sperm.”
Now someone is going to tell me that blowing bubbles near a chameleon is even worse than tickling a slow loris.
Scientists at the University of Sussex have published a directory of horse facial expressions. The Equine Facial Action Coding System catalogs "17 discrete facial movements in horses that may indicate mood or intention or just bafflement," reports The Guardian.
Boing Boing created this chart that shows each facial expression identified by the scientists. We hope you find it helpful.
The baby might not be able to say "mama," but he knows when the family's Australian Shepherd says it.
"From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog." – Mabel Louise Robinson