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Archive for the category “It’s Nature’s Way”

Fast As a Speeding Bullet

Mother Nature boasts its own gallery of of superstars, including the unbelievably agile mantis shrimp. This tiny creature is known for its unusual behavior and the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. But there’s more. The mantis shrimp’s stealth hunting technique includes accelerating up to 75 feet per second, or as fast as a bullet, and strikes its prey with an impact of 1,000 times its own weight. Meet nine other of Mother Nature’s real-life Pokemon with real superpowers in this edition of Hybrid Librarian.

Once Alive, Now Extinct

In this edition of Mental Floss, Emily Graslie reveals 21 mind-blowing, now extinct lifeforms. For instance, Quetzalcoatlus, the closest creature to dragons that ever lived. It stood as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan of 40 feet. Check out the remaining 20 marvels of nature.

Mystery Of the Vanishing Bees

An environmental mystery that has developed over the past decade has scientists completely baffled. During that span, domesticated honeybees have been vanishing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. In the following clip, courtesy of TED-Ed, narrator Derek Gebhart says the phenomenon is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder. “The most frightening thing about this mystery isn’t that we’ll have to go back to using regular sugar in our tea,” Gebhart says. “We farm bees for their honey, but they also pollinate our crops on an industrial scale, generating over a third of America’s food production this way.”

Cloning a Wooly Mammoth

Jurassic Park here we come! Scientists are excited over a nearly perfectly preserved wooly mammoth specimen discovered in the New Siberian Islands of the Arctic Sea. The female mammoth hasn’t seen the light of day in 43,000 years, but is so well preserved that scientists say the prospect of extracting strong blood and tissue samples are excellent. Join SourceFed’s Joe Bereta and Elliott Morgan discuss the surprise discovery.

Croc Hunter’s Last Words

Justin Lyons, the underwater cameraman and diving partner of Australian icon Steve Irwin, relives the final moments of the Crocodile Hunter’s life. Lyons says he and Irwin decided to shoot a final scene with a bull stingray they had encountered, but what followed was horrifying, including Irwin’s final words.

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Europe’s Big, Bad Dino

Scientists have discovered the biggest, baddest dinosaur that roamed the hinterlands of Europe. Joe Bereta and Lee Newton tell us how this mega-dino feasted on overmatched herbivores in Jurassic Europe.

Starry, Starry Night

Astronomers had a huge week recently when they discovered the oldest star ever seen and the youngest galaxy. DNews’ Trace Dominguez tells us that both the star and the galaxy were formed during the big bang nearly 13 billion years ago. Dominguez also fills us in on how the discoveries can teach us about the origins of everything in this edition of DNews.

Size Does Matter

Can you guess which was the largest land predator ever? Sorry, it wasn’t T-Rex, but the ultra-ferocious Spinosaurus, who roamed the plantet from 112 to 87 million years ago. Spino measured 59 feet long, weighed nine tons and is No. 7 of the World’s 10 Biggest Animals of All-Time presented by Hybrid Librarian. Tune in and find out who are the largest land animal of all-time and the largest mammal ever, which rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the countdown.

Venomous Animals Everywhere

It’s a common belief that most venomous animals live in warmer climates. Or do they? In this episode of “Veritasium,” host Derek Muller debunks the claim after interviewing experts in entomology, zoology, chemistry and science. “There are a greater number of venomous species in warm places, simply because there are more species in warm places,” he says. Muller points to key factors, such as history, the recent ice age and evolution for the phenomenon.

A Lesson in Survival

In the day-to-day grind of the animal kingdom, a myriad of adverse conditions, coupled with predictable predators, gives the term “survival of the fittest” a whole new meaning. Take the wily woodpecker. In this edition of SciShow, Hank Green points out that woodpeckers pummel their beaks against solid objects about 12,000 times a day at brute force. How do these amazing creatures of nature not sustain brain damage? “For one, they have built-in shock absorbers,” says Green. “They’ve also got their tongues. Woodpecker tongues wrap all the way around the skull, going up the back and over the top, fitting snugly into one end of the hyoid bone.”

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