Dec 04

Formicarium: Sneaky Spiders, Exploding Ants & More

I’ve recently been informed about a new strategy/simulation game called Formicarium that is in development. The aim of the game seems to involve taking control of an ant colony, building a nest, collecting sufficient resources, and protecting it from enemies (you can see their Kickstarter page here or their official website here for more information). It’s certainly an …

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Nov 29

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Ant-Decapitating Fly

Ants are the ultimate soldiers. They never question orders from their superiors, they complete their missions to the full or die trying, and they never take a day off sick. They are so focused on the task at hand, in fact, that they will continue marching even if they lose their heads… literally. The picture …

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Nov 22

Animal Relationships: Honeyguide and Humans

The honey badger casually struts around the scrub as if to say ‘don’t mess with me’; and, indeed, few animals do. It has a reputation as one of the most aggressive and fearless animals in the world and despite its relatively small size will tackle predators as large as leopards and lions with reckless abandon. But …

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Nov 13

What if… Krill suddenly disappeared?

There can be few animals whose importance to the Earth’s ecosystem is as great as the Antarctic krill. The animal itself doesn’t look that impressive – it’s a small crustacean that looks rather like a shrimp – but what it lacks in its unassuming appearance, it more than makes up for in sheer abundance. In fact, …

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Oct 23

Animal Record Holders: Shortest Lifespan

Some sponges can live for over a thousand years. Giant tortoises are capable of reaching 200 years old or more. Even humans regularly reach their one hundredth birthday in this day and age. But at the other end of the longevity scale are small animals such as rodents and insects, many of which rarely live longer …

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Oct 06

The Conservation Crisis: Frog Vs Panda

There is a reason why the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has adopted the giant panda as its symbol. The panda’s unique combination of cuddly looks, distinctive markings and gentle demeanor has made it a beloved animal throughout the world and is probably the greatest icon of conservation alive today. But on the other side …

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Oct 02

Bizarre Animal of the Week: Tongue-Eating Louse

The tongue-eating louse is the ultimate uninvited guest. It turns up unannounced, eats everything in sight and then vastly overstays its welcome. In fact, it doesn’t actually leave until the day it dies. Hopefully you’ve never had a guest quite like that. The picture above seems to depict a fish that is in the process of eating …

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Sep 17

The Worm Within Us: Tapeworm

The majority of us don’t find nature disagreeable. The common consensus is that it is perfectly acceptable, even beautiful… in its right place. But its right place, we feel, is rarely in our homes, and almost never inside our bodies. The human body is, in fact, a seething mass of other creatures, from microscopic bacteria …

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Aug 31

Big Question: Why did the dinosaurs die out?

For 160 million years they walked the Earth. They were the largest land animals that have ever lived. And, thanks to the number of movies, documentaries, books and television shows featuring them, they have captivated us like no other prehistoric animals. They are, of course, the dinosaurs. But the reign of the dinosaurs ended rather …

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Jul 20

Pokemon That Are Based on Real Animals (Part II)

With over 700 different types of Pokémon around, it should come as no surprise that they draw inspiration from a variety of sources. Some are based off geological formations or plants or mythological creatures. For the second part of this series, though, we will be looking at more Pokémon whose origins are grounded in the animal …

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