Archive for the Images & Videos Category

Bats caught in flight drinking water from pond

Posted in Images & Videos, Nature Attacks! on September 24, 2009 by Gustav

Bat drinkning and flying

This amazing shot were taken by experienced wildlife photographer Kim Taylor, and it wasn’t easy.

He said: “I think not one in a million people has ever seen this happen but it happens every night during the summer months all over the country”.

Kim, 76, rigged ropes across the pond which encouraged the bats to drink from a certain point. Then, using special sensors designed by himself, he managed to get the perfect shots.

“These photos were taken with a digital camera using a device that listens for the ultrasonic squeaks”.

An infrared beam was then set to trigger flash lamps whenever a bat dipped down to scoop up a mouthful of water. [Daily Mail]

Th bat in the photo above is probably a Brown Long-Eared Bat. They weigh abot half an ounce and are no bigger than your hand.

And Taylor managed to shoot it flying at 20mph at night beating its wings faster than the eye can see.

Via Pharyngula.

Roundup: nightmare animals, laser dancing and wildlife photography

Posted in Humour, Images & Videos, Nature Attacks! on September 22, 2009 by Gustav

List-based comedy site Cracked count down “13 Real Animals Lifted Directly Out of Your Nightmares“, among them the Deep Sea Holothurian:

Deep Sea Holothurian

This charming video explains how lasers work and use dancing people as illustration:

New Scientist has a set of wildlife photos from the Thrive! exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Here’s a Peacock Mantis Shrimp:

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Links: Dinosaurs for sale, wildlife photography, robotic surgery and devilish predators

Posted in Health & Disease, Humour, Images & Videos, Nature Attacks! on September 14, 2009 by Gustav

Samson the T. rex

You want a T. rex? What am I saying, of course you do. Wired reports that dinosaur fossils are up for auction. Take a look at Wired’s gallery of the skeletons for sale.

New Scientist have a gallery of the science-fictiony future of robotic surgery.

Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science have a gallery of photos of the furry woodland creatures of British wildlife.

Humour site Cracked lists, “Nature’s Most Diabolical Predators“. Two word: assassin bug.

A few more words:The assassin bug cloaks itself with debris from the surroundings to  infiltrate the nests of its prey. When it has killed its prey it suck out its innards so it can use the lifeless husk to lure more prey to it.

A bunch of things: music, evolution, space-travel, astronomy and astronomy

Posted in Images & Videos, Outer Space, The Ancient World on September 10, 2009 by Gustav

Music: They Might Be Giants have released a new album, Here Comes Science. Here’s a taste:

Evolution: “Ancient skeletons discovered in Georgia Threaten to overturn the theory of human evolution“, according to the headline-writers of the Daily Mail. While the headline is atrocious, the article itself isn’t half bad, it’s about a recent archeological discovery that suggests our ancestors left Africa much earlier than previously thought.

Space-travel: Lawrence Krauss over at The X-change Files argues that any human sent to Mars should be on a one-way trip. It would be much easier to do it that way and apparently there’s a lot of astronauts who would go for it.

Astronomy: Martin Pugh’s image of the Horsehead Nebula won the grand prize of the 2009 Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Here it is:

Horsehead Nebula

io9 has a gallery of all the winners.

More astronomy: Hubble is up-and-running again after some downtime for repairs and the images it’s returning are simply gorgeous:

Celestial Butterfly

The picture above is of Nebula NGC 6302, a dying star ejecting vast clouds of gas light.years across. 80beats have a gallery of some of the returned photos.

Linkage: transformative technology, microgravity physics and bullshit animal facts

Posted in Humour, Images & Videos, Math & Physics, Nature Attacks!, Robots & Cyborgs, Technology Attacks! on September 6, 2009 by Gustav

1) Cracked comedy website lists “The Most Frequently Quoted Bullshit Animal Facts“: lemmings don’t commit mass suicide, ostriches don’t put their head in the sand and bumblebees do fly.

2) New Scientist has a gallery of microgravity physics:

Microgravity flame

3) io9 has a piece on the near-future technologies which will replace humans: android receptionists, surgeon robots and more.

How many cartoon characters can dance on the head of a pin?

Posted in Humour, Images & Videos, Technology Attacks! on August 28, 2009 by Gustav
"Why you little!"

"Why you little...!"

Willard Wigan is a micro-sculptor: his creations, ranging from the Homer and Bart Simpsons above to Betty Boop, are all small enough to fit on the head of a pin or in the eye of the needle.

And it’s not just cartoon characters that Wigan sculpt, he’s created a mini-moonlanding, a mini-Mad Hatter’s tea party and a bunch of other artworks that you can only admire through a microscope.

It’s not easy creating these miniature works of art, when even traffic on the streets outside can make Wigan’s hand shake at a crucial moment. He has figured out how to slow his heartbeat and sculpt between pulse beats, and often works through the night when things are quieter outside. Once he accidentally inhaled the entire sculpture. His “brush” might be a single hair from a house fly, or a single shard of diamond attached to a pinhead. [The X-Change Files]

If someone will only commision him to sculpt some miniature angels we can finally put that deep philosophical question to rest, too.

Cnet has a gallery of some of Wigan’s work.

Robots don’t know anything about love?

Posted in Humour, Images & Videos, Robots & Cyborgs, Science Fiction on August 27, 2009 by Gustav
He should have gone with "we've grown apart".

He should have gone with "we've grown apart".

Robots Don’t Know Anything About Twitter is a comic by one Doctor Popular about things robots don’t understand: love, humour, world domination… didn’t the good doctor ever see Battlestar Galactica?

Via io9.