Pigeon thinks roof exhaust vent is a merry-go-round

I like to imagine that the other pigeons on the roof are waiting for their turn on this spinning rooftop vent.

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Head lice treatments in US are failing

Interesting article in SciAm about the difficulty in treating head lice infestations. "Overexposure to insecticides has bred resistance in the parasites, making it harder than ever to treat infestation." The situation is different in Europe, where they've stopped using insecticides to kill lice and nits and use synthetic oils:

Further confounding matters, the co-pay for visiting a doctor, plus the cost of prescriptions, which may or may not be covered by insurance, can impede patient access to these newer medications. And despite their diminishing efficacy, over-the-counter lice shampoos remain the first response recommended by most doctors, health plans and even the American Academy of Pediatrics. For its part, the combing method used by many parents and professional lice pickers such as LiceDoctors is theoretically effective, Clark and Yoon note, but hard to do well.

The situation is totally different in Europe, where treatment moved on from pyrethroids and virtually all insecticides about a decade ago, says Ian Burgess, president of the International Society of Phthirapterists (people who study lice). Instead most Europeans now rely on silicone and other synthetic oils to eliminate head lice. The oils envelop the lice, preventing them from excreting water. As liquid builds up inside the louse, its internal organs start to shut down from the exhaustion of trying to pump out the water. Either it dies of this exhaustion, Burgess says, or its guts rupture from the liquid.

My kids have gotten lice a few times. I've always wondered if plain old rubbing alcohol could kill lice and nits. Read the rest

This toy is called a wooden penguin bomb

When you drop this flat-pack penguin on the floor, it "explodes" into a 3D penguin, like a Nintendo character come to life.

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A Clam the Size of Your Head

I defy you to eat dinner while watching this seller in an Okinawan fish market make clam sashimi out of this monster. It would have made a nice prop in a 1950s sci-fi movie.

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The heaviest, sturdiest cat litter scoop

The little plastic cat litter scoop I’d been using for a couple of years had gotten flimsy from use and would often buckle at the handle. The DuraScoop is made from cast aluminum and will never bend. It easily shaves hardened clumps of litter from that litter box that would cause a plastic scoop to fold in half. It’s actually a beautiful looking tool, too. If Raymond Loewy designed a scoop, it would look like this (maybe the handle wouldn’t be covered with textured plastic). Cleaning cat litter is an unpleasant daily chore for me, but the DuraScoop makes it much less unpleasant. I bought it last year for $13. It's $12 on Amazon right now. Read the rest

Adorable bulldog watches horror film on TV, gets emotional

Watch as this bulldog is fascinated by this horror flick (does anyone know the name of the movie?), jumping up and barking at the scariest parts – especially when the girl seems to be in danger. I don't have a dog but this makes me want one! Read the rest

How to tell the difference between bees, flies, wasps, and moths

A lot of non-stinging flying insects evolved to have black and yellow stripes as a way to trick would-be predators into thinking they are bees or wasps. In this video, you'll learn how to identify them so you eat them without worry.

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Delightful creatures made with hand-looped polymer clay

What started as a hobby making clay flowers turned into Russian artist Alisa Laryushkina's charming animal sculptures. Read the rest

How to make a humane wooden squirrel trap

Chris Notap made a humane wooden squirrel trap that slams a door shut when a squirrel goes to the back of the trap to retrieve a peanut. He put a camera inside the trap so you can see it action. Read the rest

Wildlife tourists who mistake aggression for kissy-faces in danger of monkey-bites

A University of Lincoln researcher on holiday in Morocco noticed that wildlife tourists were mistaking macaques' aggressive facial expressions for kissy faces and responding "by imitating the monkey's facial expression, which generally ended by either aggression by the monkey towards the tourists or the monkey leaving the interaction" -- which leads to monkey bites. Read the rest

Sabine Volkert's vibrant animations of delightful creatures

Musician Max Cooper collaborated with artist Sabine Volkert to create the accompanying video, which features symmetrical delightful creatures morphing and overlapping. Volkert's hand-drawn style makes it a fine complement to the music. Read the rest

Watch as orcas charge a blue whale, probably just for kicks

A pod of orcas, aka the a-holes of the ocean, got recorded by a drone as they harassed a blue whale that was minding its own business. Read the rest

Watch: Snake regurgitates large live snake

This is a great video shot by Christopher Reynolds that shows a snake regurgitating a live snake.

According to Gizmodo:

So, what the hell’s going on? I asked Sara Ruane, a snake expert and assistant professor at Rutgers University, Newark to watch the video for us.

“Snakes eat each other all the time,” she said. “When snakes are startled by something or something is attacking them, one of their first lines of defense is to throw up whatever is in their stomach.” That’s because they no longer have food weighing them down, and it might scare the predator. I, too, would run away from someone vomiting their lunch on the street.

In this case, it’s likely that the videographer, Christopher Reynolds from Newton, Texas, startled the bigger snake when he started filming. “As soon as that snake throws it up it takes off,” she said. “Now it doesn’t have this other snake weighing it down.”

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It took four years lying underwater to get a perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver

For four years, photographer Louis-Marie Preau would lie motionless underwater for hours at a time to get this perfect shot of a Eurasian beaver carrying a branch back to its lodge. Read the rest

Best Instagram account about Russians and bears

I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.

Fake bear/human fight:

Вот такую необычно экстремальную фотосессии провели Ирина с #медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom Где Ирина была Ларой Крофт из Тома Райдера.Задача бороться с медведем и получилось грандиозно.Вот он плюшевый Степаша,изобразил что то мощно-ог арессивное,правда больше ее щекотал,обнюхивал реквизит и не мог понять почему модель уползает и не хочет целоваться.  Конечно ему лучше комедии играть. #друг #съемки #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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Bear cub gardener:

Лучший мой помощник!!!#медведьсемён #смешной #неуклюжий #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь #мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

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Bear cub adorableness:

После трудового дня,с любимой игрушкой можно и поволяться на диванчике. #медведьсемён #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

A post shared by Светлана Пантелеенко (@svetlanko69) on May 13, 2017 at 8:31am PDT

Everlasting bear/human friendship:

#медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom #добрый #нежный  #друг #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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I challenge you to find a better Instagram account that specializes in Russians and bears. Read the rest

Sea lion grabs girl from wharf and drags her into water

"Would you mind showing me evidence of any negative thing any sea lion has ever done to you?" This girl is one of the lucky few to be able to shut up a sea lion. Read the rest

Man shows the metamorphosis of his pet hercules beetle

Here's a time lapse video of the transition from sickening grub to dapper beetle. Read the rest

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