Tag: nature

  • “It’s certainly biological. It’s definitely not an oil product of any kind.”

    [These are the first last words of a species][link]. The last last words are “ACK IT IS ABSORBING ME.” [link]: http://www.adn.com/2835/story/864687.html “Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities: Arctic Alaska | adn.com”

  • Terrifying Bug News: Spider Mimics Ants (For Attack AND Defense)

    [Soon it will be we that they imitate][link]. [link]: http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/07/spider_mimics_ant_to_eat_spiders_and_avoid_being_eaten_by_sp.php “Spider mimics ant to eat spiders and avoid being eaten by spiders : Not Exactly Rocket Science”

  • Astros-Padres finale delayed by bees

    [The Bees have finally gone too far][link]. They are testing us, and we are failing. [link]: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090701&content_id=5648144&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb “Astros-Padres finale delayed by bees | MLB.com: News”

  • Your Doomed World: Ant mega-colony takes over world

    [By way of, naturally, the BBC][link]: >The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination. >What’s more, people are unwittingly helping the mega-colony stick together. [link]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8127000/8127519.stm “BBC – Earth News – Ant mega-colony takes over world”

  • The Radioactive Wasps of Hanford

    [Not from a movie or script, but real life][link]: >The contractor handling the clean-up, Washington Closure, says the nests were all built in 2003 when water was used to dampen dust during demolition of an H Reactor basin. That attracted the wasps that used the mud to make tube-shaped nests for eggs. [link]: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009327345_webnukedwasps11m.html “Local…

  • News From Your Present: The Parasitic Flies That Turn Fire Ants Into Zombies

    >[The flies “dive-bomb” the fire ants and lay eggs. The maggot that hatches inside the ant eats away at the brain, and the ant starts exhibiting what some might say is zombie-like behavior.][link] … and then … >The maggot eventually migrates into the ant’s head, but Plowes said he “wouldn’t use the word ‘control’ to…

  • H. sadistica

    Normally to inseminate a female you have to have some sex with that. You know, male and female sex organs doing their thing. Well: >[Milan Rezic, an entomologist at the Crop Research Institute in Prague, has spotted a spider circumventing this problem by delivering sperm directly to the ovaries via holes that the males bore…