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Worms and mammoth remains: Things eaten in the name of science

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 26 February 2014

According to LiveScience, scientists are a special breed who are so dedicated, some have even dedicated their stomach to the cause, wolfing down all sorts of weird things to further their research. The list of the odd things they have eaten includes 36,000-year-old mammoth neck tissue (which was described by paleontologist Dale Guthrie as having […]

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Finnish reindeer may get reflective paint on their antlers to alert night drivers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 25 February 2014

With 4,000 or so reindeer ending up as roadkill on Finnish roads every year, the Finnish Reindeer Herders Association are now experimenting with spraying reflective paint on them to help them be more visible to motorists at night. ‘The spray is being tested on fur at the moment, but it may be even more effective […]

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This harp sponge may look innocent, but it’s really a carnivorous deep-sea predator

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 21 February 2014

A couple of years ago, some scientists discovered the harp sponge or Chondrocladia lyra at 10,800-11,500 feet underwater off the coast of California. While the creature looks quite benign, thanks to the numerous barbed hooks that cover its branching parts, it is actually quite capable of snaring little crustaceans and digesting them after coating them with a layer of membrane. That’s great. Remind us never to go anywhere near water again, will you?

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Good-as-new wrapping paper instantly made from old newspaper sheets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Apparently 1,600 trees are felled and 170,000 litres of petrol are burned every year in Hong Kong for wrapping paper used during Lunar New Year. This being the festive season, ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi decided to cast the spotlight on the importance of conservation and recycling in the country by installing a machine at […]

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Seahorses are kinda like the ninjas of the ocean

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 15 February 2014

Move over, sharks and killer whales, there’s a new bad boy in town. Turns out, seahorses are one of the deadliest creatures in the ocean. While they may look cute and magical, they are actually very excellent hunters. Here, let me explain: Seahorses eat Copepods, which are small crustaceans that move very fast as soon […]

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Do baboons really raise dogs as pets? Turns out, they can

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 12 February 2014

Turns out baboons are kinda like the mafia of the animal world. The following video shows a baboon kidnapping a puppy from its mother, dragging it by its tail and giving it their own version of hospitality. Animal lovers beware, the first minute of the video is pretty heart-breaking to watch, especially when you hear […]

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Forget Dr Doolittle’s two-headed Pushmi-Pullyus, here’s the threeheaded Lithuanian deer for real

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 10 February 2014

… Well, not really. Renatas Jakaitis snapped this perfectly-timed photo of three fallow-deer zipping into a single file and turning to look back at him in Lithuania’s Penevezys County woods.

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There are pineapples growing on the walls of Microsoft!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 10 February 2014

We’ve seen some pretty cool offices lately – from Google to Dropbox – but we haven’t seen anything as cool as the Microsoft organic plant wall, as tweeted by Scott Guthrie! It’s part of the company’s ‘massive’ headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and is filled with various plants, including actual pineapples. So if you ever forget […]

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Celebrate summer by swimming with a platypus

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 7 February 2014

Swimming with seals and dolphins are a dime a dozen. But swimming with the cute and cuddly Platypus? Only in Australia. The Healesville Sanctuary, known for its diverse Australian wildlife and being the first research centre to breed a platypus in captivity, offers an up close encounter with the unique creature. Yes, the platypus play […]

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Life along the River Gambia: photos by Jason Florio

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Sunday 2 February 2014

Jason Florio set out on his River Gambia expedition last year to create ‘a modern day account of the people who live and work along its banks’ before construction begins and lives are changed forever. The River Gambia is one of Africa’s latest major un-dammed rivers and emerges in a remote village in the Fouta […]

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It’s true, Dolphins get high on pufferfish

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 1 February 2014

I guess humans and dolphins now have more things in common other than using sexual intercourse for pleasure. In a BBC documentary Spy in the Pod, a school of dolphins were seen getting high. Yes, high as in drug abuse high. Getting high from what? Weed? Cocaine? Acid? Let’s just say something more ‘organic’.

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This giant snail can eat your house down

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 24 January 2014

A snail that can eat your house down? This monster is the Giant African Snail, which caused a bit of a panic when it was found in a shipping container in Brisbane last year. This particular breed of slimy beast is understood to have the capacity to eat the sides of houses, as well as […]

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Rainy Pot: Where you can water your plants with the help of a cloud

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 21 January 2014

When settle for watering your potted plants by hand when you can water them via cute little wall-mounted rainclouds? That’s the Rainy Pot for you, a conceptual design by Seungbin Jeong that lets you top up water supplies in a cloud-shaped tub and evenly waters your plants throughout the day so you never have to […]

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Terrifying vampire squid don’t really hunt, they just eat a lot of gunk

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 21 January 2014

The vampyroteuthis infernalism or vampire squid — with its fang-like tentacles — looks like a creature straight out of hell. Who would have thought it really eats trash instead of instead of being the ferocious hunter that its facade might suggest? Thanks to Deep Sea News, now we know these tentacles really trap and scoop […]

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The painted forest of Oma: an eco-friendly installation

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 17 January 2014

The forest of Oma, ‘one of Basque artist Agustin Ibarrola’s best known works’ is an example of ‘land art,’ a ‘creative trend that first appeared in the 1960s’ which sees artists take their art to nature, using the countryside as their frame and medium. In Ibarrola’s case, it was the Oma forest in Northern Spain that became his canvas, where a magical forest now comes alive with colour.

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