Turquoise-Tinted Tarantula Discovered in Sri Lanka.

  Females of the species boast blue-hued legs, as well as an iridescent sheen on their outer shell and abdomen (Ranil Nanayakkara) by Meilan Solly, smithsonian.com Most members of the Chilobrachys spider genus have muted brown, black or grey coloring. But Chilobrachys jonitriantisvansicklei—a newly described tarantula native to Sri Lanka—defies this trend. As a trio […]

Man who ate Reaper Chilli Pepper ended up in hospital.

As you sow, so shall you reap … Carolina Reapers, formerly the world’s hottest chilli peppers. Eating one appears to have given a man reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome. Image Credit: Photograph by Photograph: Alamy A man who took part in a chilli pepper eating contest ended up with more than he bargained for when he […]

Henry McGill’s popular Stapler, 1879.

by Colin Bisset A stapler is a very satisfying object, securely attaching paper with a pleasing crunch. Small wonder that it is so often a child’s favourite stationery item. The emergence of the stapler reflects a rise in the use of paper within offices during the 19th century. Previously, sheets of paper had been held […]

A Mesmerist Doctor takes Advantage of a Lady.

A mesmeric physician taking advantage of his female patient. Colour lithograph, 1852. Printed: British College of Health, London. The word mesmerism  took its root from the name of Franz Anton Mesmer, who was a German physician and astrologist, who discovered what he called magnétisme animal  ( animal magnetism) and which others often called mesmerism. Franz […]

The Pygmy Marmoset.

The pygmy marmoset is a tiny primate that is native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. At just 100 grams, the pygmy marmoset is known to be the smallest known species of monkey in the world. It averages at about 15cm in height with a 20cm long tail behind it. The […]

‘Back from Extinction’ Gilbert’s Potoroo 216.

Gilbert’s potoroo was only rediscovered in 1994. (Credit: Bill Hatcher) She’s known simply as 216. But she’s unquestionably special, and as the small, black bag is peeled back to reveal her long snout and large dark eyes she’s greeted with a hushed ripple of reverential “oohs” and “aahs”. This is the 216th Gilbert’s potoroo to […]

Does Australia’s Kelpie have a dash of Dingo?

Australian kelpies hard at work. Photo: The Australian kelpie is famed as a working dog. (ABC News) by Tim Lee The Australian kelpie is acclaimed as the best all-round stock dog in the world, but the breed’s origins have long been shrouded in mystery — now a new book claims to have found some vital […]

Three Aussie Native Bubs.

A baby Australian Wallaby.  The tiniest and strangest little baby you’ll ever see. The Platypus. Look of the size of this baby Koala. Simply amazing. via Buzzfeed Australia.

Monarch Butterflies travel by the Sun and Compass.

When monarch butterflies wing their way south to central Mexico each fall, they use the sun to ensure that they stay on course. But how they head in the right direction on cloudy days has been a mystery—until now. It turns out they use Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. It’s […]

This Giant Weta Loves Carrots.

The Giant Weta, photo by Mark Moffett/Corbis You know that scene in the newish King Kong where those folks get eaten alive in a pit of giant insects? It’s a damn character assassination, through and through. The huge cricket-like bugs among them are based on the giant weta, the heaviest reliably reported insect on Earth, […]