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This tarantula is as big as a puppy and its legs are a foot long!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 21 October 2014

Harvard University entomologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki was taking a leisurely nighttime stroll in the jungles of Guyana when he stumbled upon what seem to be a puppy-sized mammal. Curious, he investigated, only to realize that the furry creature was actually the stuff of nightmares: the South American Goliath Birdeater tarantula, reputedly the world’s largest species of arachnid.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: a pollution-reversing bicycle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 16 October 2014

Bikes help the environment by not emitting air pollution, but the Air-Purifier Bike goes one step further. This electric bicycle has been designed with an air purifier built into the handlebars. Not only that, but this bike also has the ability to produce oxygen ‘with a photosynthesis system that’s integrated into the top tube of the frame’.

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What does an angry hippo attack look like? 30 seconds of scary!

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Sure, baby hippos are adorable-those big eyes, those small ears, you just want to reach out and cuddle one. But the mother hippo is going to prevent you from seeing all that cuteness, as a bunch of tourists found out while on safari in Botswana.

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A-list celebrities speak out on behalf of nature

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By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Wednesday 15 October 2014

‘I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you. … I’m prepared to evolve. Are you?’ These are the words of Mother Nature. Well actually more accurately their the words of Hollywood star Julie Roberts, speaking as Mother Nature in her installment of a new series of video releases entitled Nature Is Speaking.

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These amazing chemical reactions will show you the true beauty of science

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 9 October 2014

Even if chemistry isn’t your thing, and even if you fell asleep in almost every chemistry class, you’re sure to appreciate just how incredible science really is by watching this Beautiful Chemistry video. The video is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that make chemistry more interesting (and awesome) for the general public.

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Check out this pop-up vegetable garden right in the heart of Melbourne

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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If you go to the roof of the Federation Square car park, you won’t find any vehicles up there, rather, you’ll find veggie plots housed in apple crates! Pop Up Patch is a project that encourages Melburnians to grow their own food in patches they lease each month. A collaboration by the Little Veggie Co. and Federation Square, the pop-up patch contains 140 do-it-yourself plots that can be planted with anything your tummy desires, from herbs to zucchinis to lettuces. Heck, you can even plant flowers!

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Bat lovers, you can now volunteer at a bat hospital in Australia

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 8 October 2014

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You’ve got to love the Aussies for their love of all animals big and small, right down to bats! At Tolga Bat Hospital — which is not actually in Tolga, though it is also in Atherton — you can sign up to pledge your allegiance to the bats as a volunteer and care for bats in permanent care that are too injured (mostly from getting snared in barbed wire) to return to the wild.

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This 22-inch horse is the smallest in Britain and is no bigger than a dog

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 3 October 2014

This little horse is Acer, he’s believed to be the smallest steed in all of Britain at 22 inches tall. He’s so small he gets to wander around his owners’ house like a dog and is even best friends with one! Acer’s owner, Maureen O’Sullivan says she takes him on daily walks on a leash […]

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For the first time ever, a giant red leech was filmed swallowing a worm whole

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 1 October 2014

In the rainforests of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, a rarely-seen breed of leech was filmed for the first time, revealing its disgusting and repulsive dining habit. Although still unidentified which genus it belongs to, the locals call it the ‘Giant Red Leech’. We like to call it the ‘Leech From Our Worst Nightmares’.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: We are in awe of the opposum’s magic poison-neutralizing protein

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 26 September 2014

Known in some circles as the most terrifying possum to have ever walked the face of this earth, the opossum has a secret power that beats ‘em all. Opossums have a particular protein which makes them immune to nearly all poisons. The protein is known as Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF) and has been known to neutralize the poison of snakes on other continents that the opossum hasn’t been previously exposed to.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: the cyanide-secreting millipede that kills its enemies in seconds

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Next time you take a whiff of that lovely almond smell in the air, beware, a cyanide millipede might be lurking. This arthropod might look like any ordinary millipede, but it hides a very secret power-it emits cyanide when it’s being attacked. This type of millipede is found in the Pacific coast of North America, from Southeast Alaska all the way down to California.

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You can sit on these giant lotuses but be sure to check your weight first

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 23 September 2014

We have heard of sitting in the lotus position while meditating, even if our rigid thighs wouldn’t co-operate in our search for a little zen. But sitting on a lotus? Yes, you can if you visit one park in Taipei, Taiwan which has successfully cultivated 85 King Lotuses.

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Ever seen inside the mouth of a leatherback turtle? You’ll wish you hadn’t after this

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 18 September 2014

You’ve probably seen Leatherback turtles on documentaries before. They’re the largest of all living turtles, with their front flippers growing up to 2.7 metres and the mean size being anywhere from 250 to 700kg. These turtles feed mostly on jellyfish, but if you look inside their mouths, you might think they’re more suited to dine on humans.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: The insect-attracting parachute flower is kinda awesome

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 17 September 2014

The parachute flower can be found in many different regions of the world, from northern Australia to southern China, Indonesia and Madagascar. While this might seem like just another houseplant, the parachute flower has a very special power that actually helps with flower pollination. The flower has ‘fused petals and a hairy lollipop like thing coming out of it’ that’s lined with tiny hairs that point downwards.

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This cute and furry caterpillar delivers a sting worse than a scorpion’s

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Do be a pussyfoot when you come across the puss caterpillar cos if you’re not careful about it, you may just yowl out loud. It looks so furry and nice to touch but beneath that cute exterior of pure innocence lies a potentially intense sting. It is a venomous variety of caterpillar that is especially common in Florida at this time of year. Under all that fur on the puss caterpillar are venomous bristles that break off into the skin when touched by humans and they cause serious pain.

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