Posts in category "Animals"

Staining Different Tissues: The 'Technicolor' Stickleback

Staining Different Tissues: The 'Technicolor' Stickleback
Science isn’t all serious – sometimes, people like to have a little bit of fun!  And, for this reason, the Technicolor Stickleback was created! This just in: apparently scientists did this for reasons other than making it look like they used crayon’s to color the inside of a fish.  Watching the development of different tissue... Read more »

Turtle With Two Heads: Everything Has More Heads In Texas

Turtle With Two Heads: Everything Has More Heads In Texas
The saying “everything is bigger in Texas” has proved itself true once again.  While the size of these turtles’ heads may not be unusually large, they are large in number – there are two heads on these turtles, and these two turtles share the same body.  (Key fact: we define how many animals are living... Read more »

The Rare Kutnohorite: Fun With Minerals

The Rare Kutnohorite: Fun With Minerals
Kutnohorite is a rare mineral that is named after its location of origin, Kutna Hora.  A fun science fact for those of you who concern yourselves with science, like me, would be that this mineral’s main components are calcium and manganese.  Much to everyone’s dismay, there is a metal named manganese and a metal named... Read more »
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Pudu Is The World's Smallest And Most Adorable Species Of Deer

Pudu Is The World's Smallest And Most Adorable Species Of Deer
Pictured above is the most adorable little thing ever!  This is a baby Pudu, a member of the smallest species of deer in the world!  Granted, they look a little odd, but who wouldn’t hug that adorable little guy? Below is a little Pudu and a bigger Pudu giving each other a nose kiss.  ... Read more »

A Drop Of Water On A Butterfly Wing: Penn Researchers Move Forward

A Drop Of Water On A Butterfly Wing: Penn Researchers Move Forward
This picture is an incredible exhibition of nature’s natural properties.  Butterfly wings are extremely hydrophobic, meaning that they repel water.  They are also “iridescent,” something that many people associate with changing colors when an object is viewed from different angles.  (I’m sure that you have experienced this phenomenon before.)  But, the truth is, this isn’t... Read more »

Gigantic Pink Slugs Grow Up To Eight Inches Long In Australia

Gigantic Pink Slugs Grow Up To Eight Inches Long In Australia
Slugs are, in general, boring animals.  Unless, that is, you are talking about this photosynthesizing sea slug, this majestic ball of slime, or the giant pink slugs that live in Australia. As it turns out, these pink slugs live in one location and one location only: one Mount Kaputar, which reaches 5,000 feet into the... Read more »
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Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week

Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week
This week’s animal is a stunning butterfly that lives a world away from Chicago.  The Polyeuctes Swallowtail flits around in the forests of Nepal, Laos, and Vietnam and is not an extremely uncommon sight to see when strolling among the trees.  Equipped with a beautifully shaped and colored tail, this critter is one of the... Read more »

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp Punches Hard Enough To Break Aquarium Glass

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp Punches Hard Enough To Break Aquarium Glass
Shrimp have never been known as powerful creatures, but the Peacock Mantis Shrimp is not an animal that you want to mess with.  (And, for the record, the Peacock Mantis Shrimp is technically a crustacean.) This colorful little guy has two fist-like limbs called “dactyl clubs,” and he can punch aquarium glass hard enough to... Read more »

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous
The African Bee-Eater bird is not actually one specific bird, but a collection of around 20 species.  They populate the entire continent, from southern tip to northern tip, and often fly in large groups.  Plus, as the name indicates, they actually do feed on bees!     In addition to looking marvelous, Bee-Eaters employ a... Read more »
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Transparent Pelagic Octopus Spotted In DeepSee Submarine

Transparent Pelagic Octopus Spotted In DeepSee Submarine
Bruce H. Robison and his team have spotted an extremely rare species of octopus in the DeepSee submarine.  Despite the fact that the transparent Pelagic Octopus is normally a deep sea creature, the crew recorded sightings at 590 feet, shallower than expected for the animal. This octopus is almost completely transparent – only a few... Read more »