Is that a nebula trapped inside a gemstone?

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 28 May 2014

Look at all that galactic beauty in the palm of your hands! Thing is, that’s not an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, trapped inside a stone. It’s really just a stone. Ok maybe not JUST a stone, it’s a $20,000 opal, to be exact.

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Frostie the sweater-wearing snow goat uses a custom cart to help him walk

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 26 May 2014

Careful now, you might either explode from an overload of cuteness, or shed buckets of tears over this baby goat’s success story. Frostie the snow goat was born with joint-navel ill, a disease common among kid goats and young calves resulting from an infection in the mother’s umbilical cord. The disease spread to Frostie’s hind […]

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The complete guide on where to touch animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Sunday 11 May 2014

Do you know what body parts of certain animals are ok and not ok to touch? Knowing could mean the difference between life and death. For instance, dogs love unlimited belly rubs, cats however, are a different story. Snakes? Yeah you can touch them all you want – provided you have a 20 foot pole with you. Unicorns? Only those with pure hearts can dare touch their enchanting manes!

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If all the humans piled up in the Grand Canyon, it would look like this

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 2 May 2014

If all living, breathing humans today – around 7.159 billion – would pile up in the Grand Canyon for no apparent reason, it would look something like this. Kinda like those zombies in World War Z. If you thought the pile up is massive, it’s actually not. There’s not even enough of us to fill […]

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Our changing seas: a coral reef made entirely out of ceramics

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 24 April 2014

Artist Courtney Mattison has unveiled the third instalment of her ‘Our Changing Seas’, a series of ceramic coral reef sculptures made entirely by hand. The third piece shows the devastating effect of climate change on an ecosystem through a shocking contrast between healthy, colourful corals and the skeletal remains of bleached ones. She tells Colossal: […]

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This Easter Snake is THE most adorable thing ever

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 23 April 2014

Canadian DevianART user ‘NocturneJewel’ was visited not by the Easter Bunny, but by something a million times more awesome: the Easter Snake! The pet snake is a leucistic Texas Rat Snake (Pantheropis obsoletus) and goes by the name Crescent. She’s about 9 years old, over 4 feet long, and loves hiding swallowing all your Easter eggs – and probably the Easter Bunny as well.

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Trees that swallowed abandoned WWII equipment

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the […]

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Pandas apparently can get cuter when 1,600 of them congregate together

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 8 April 2014

While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.

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Welcome to the future: Glowing trees by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.

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These newly-born Caribbean pygmy octopi are as small as a pencil eraser

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 2 April 2014

These Caribbean pygmy octopi larvae (adorably known as babies) just recently hatched at the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. As you can see in the photos, these little cuties are dwarfed by a pencil eraser and a penny. When fully matured, they grow to just the size of a silver dollar. According […]

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There’s such a thing as a beekeeping dog, and it is adorable!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 31 March 2014

In Australia, adorkable beekeeping Labrador, ‘Bazz’, helps out beekeeper Josh Kennett in detecting ‘American foulbrood’, a serious disease that spreads among bee colonies. Usually, the Paenibacillus larvae caused by the infection can only be detected under the lens of a microscope. But it turns out that Bazz’s powerful nose is a better alternative. Kennett built […]

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Dogs being trained to find endangered plants and animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 25 March 2014

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but as it turns out they can also be the best friends of endangered species. Crowdfunding project, ‘Dogs for Conservation’, has raised just enough money to fund their plan of using our ever so reliable furry buddies to help scientists and conservationists track down endangered plants and animals. […]

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Startling photos of an Otter attacking a crocodile

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 10 March 2014

It’s official: alligators and crocodiles are getting soft. Last week, we saw photos of a snake devouring a crocodile in the swamps of Queensland, Australia. Now, photos show a river otter in Florida engaging a young alligator in an epic battle for lunch, with the mammal eventually emerging as the victor. It looks like the […]

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Really, animals like to get drunk too

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 3 March 2014

It looks like humans are not the only species on Earth that love to get buzzed every now and then. In a new research published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’, there seems to be a few little critters in the forest of Malaysia who hunker for alcohol. The study says that […]

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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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