This Yahoo! News story mentions Fuji, a mother dolphin that lost 75 percent of her tail due to a mysterious disease, being able to jump again with the help of what is believed to be the world's first artificial fin.
A project manager, at work, sent me this amusing CNN story. It reports that beavers weave stolen cash into dam in Greensburg, Louisiana. These eager beavers had a whole new slant on money laundering.
Nope according to The New York Times. Air quality in the Los Angeles area has shown improvement this year, but experts caution that the problem of air pollution is far from being solved.
TheShadow sent me a funny video clip of a transquilized bear that fell onto a trampoline. You can watch the original news footage in a streaming Flash video format, streaming video on StupidVideos (Windows Media and QuickTime), or MPEG format (1.9 MB). You can also download Craig Kilborn's video commentary (1.9 MB; WMV): #1 or #2 (local copy) which makes the clip funnier.
Mousey's original post: I don't know why people send me these things... It just seems natural that I might be interested in the evolutionary links between female promiscuity and the size of your testicles right? I mean, that's a perfectly normal topic of discussion at work, right?? Engineers are weird.
The list of real life costume winners is on World of Warcraft. Some of them are not bad!
11/1/2004 1:48 PM PDT: Worth1000 has the top 41 entries for Monster ModRen 2 contest -- If the renaissance took place in more recent times, and the models were famous movie monsters/aliens, what would the artwork have looked like?
This Wired News' article says scientists are devoting big chunks of their careers to finches and canaries. They hope to understand how they manage to be among the only species that learn how to make new sounds.
From my ant message board thread (trying to pick names related to ants for World of Warcraft), Myrmecos mentioned Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature that lists scientific names of organisms are not usually known for their entertainment value. They are indispensable for clarity in communication, but most people skip over them with barely a glance. Mark Isaak, the author, collected those names that are worth a second look.
According to this CNN's story, spiders are more scary than terrorists -- at least according to a survey released on Monday from a thousand Britons.
Terrorism only came second on the list of respondents' top ten fears, according to the survey conducted by RSGB Omnibus for Universal Pictures UK Ltd. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,000 aged 16 to 55 across Britain on September 22-26.
Be sure to vote which one you're afraid of more in AQFL's poll. Let's see what AQFL people are afraid of.
Three amusing photographs of the day:
- A ball boy watches tennis star Anna Kournikova of Russia at the World Team Tennis Smash Hits event in Irvine, CA, on Monday Oct. 11, 2004.
- For the turtles: Animal rights activist mimick turtles as crawl on the beach of Kuta in Bali island during a protest calling for the protection of the local ecosystem.
- Comfy shoes: A model presents grass shoes by the ready-to-wear collection.
Fish can learn quicker than dogs according to Ananova's article and Oxford scientists. They dubbed the fish "very capable" after building an aquatic obstacle course. The blind Mexican cave fish tested memorised the challenged in just a few hours. They spotted changes when the university researchers tried to fool them. And the fish still remembered what they had learned several months later. Scientists also revealed their subjects completed complex mental tasks which would baffle pets like hamsters and dogs.
Invasive species have been recognised globally as a major threat to biodiversity (the collected wealth of the worldâ€™s species of plants, animals and other organisms) as well as to agriculture and other human interests.
FngSaiYuk sent me a newspaper shot of a guniea pig named Sooty. He had a night to remember after escaping from his pen and tunneling into a cage of 24 females...
Mousey would be so proud of his rodent species. New Scientist's story says a robot with real mouse whiskers could represent an important step towards developing simple robots that navigate by mimicking rodents. Such whiskered machines could eventually be used to perform repairs in pipes.
The bristly bot, known as AMouse (Artificial Mouse) was built by researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It uses real mouse whiskers because simulations have shown these to be the perfect size and shape for the task, but artificial whiskers will also be developed eventually.