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tetsabb
1011025.  Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:56 am Reply with quote

How can the snails clean themselves up if they have been turned to sludge?
:-)

 
germananglophile
1011148.  Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:28 pm Reply with quote

[quote="bemahan"]Lampyris noctiluca aka the glow worm.
quote]

The ever wonderful io9 had a nice article on that too, which I want to add:
http://io9.com/5565684/how-do-fireflies-light-up

 
Troux
1012676.  Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:07 pm Reply with quote

I watched a BBC documentary some months back called Supernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals. Incredible, in a word. It seems to be the only source of info I can find for this:

One segment observes the orange ladybird, which swarms and hibernates differently depending on whether it's going to be an especially harsh winter or a not-so-bad one. The amazing part: It makes this prediction as early as September, and an 11-years-and-counting study has shown their prediction to be right every time.

 
Troux
1015648.  Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:37 pm Reply with quote

Lord Howe's Lazarus Lobsters
The 'Lazarus Effect,' named after God's resurrection of the fallen Lazarus, is when an animal is thought to be extinct, then is rediscovered in the wild. Such an event occurred in 2001 when a rather hideous, lobster-like walking stick insect was discovered atop a beautiful spire, 23 km off the coast of the L-shaped Lord Howe Island, which was both its namesake and (thought to be) its only home. Lovely conservation efforts contained within the article.

 
Molly Cule
1052024.  Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:03 pm Reply with quote

Laika, and other dogs who went into space wore space suits - obviously if you think about it, but I never had. This one is a particularly interesting looking one:



http://www.retronaut.com/2012/11/dog-space-suits/

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1052939.  Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:29 am Reply with quote

Are Ligers just too mainstream for QI?

I know that they are so large because the size-controlling genetic component is found in the females of one species and the male of the other. I think Tions are regular big cat size....

 
Troux
1053273.  Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:42 am Reply with quote

ConorOberstIsGo wrote:
Are Ligers just too mainstream for QI?

I know that they are so large because the size-controlling genetic component is found in the females of one species and the male of the other. I think Tions are regular big cat size....

"This was on QI before!"

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1053293.  Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:19 pm Reply with quote

Troux wrote:

"This was on QI before!"


Ugh. Probably was.

 
gruff5
1053400.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:30 am Reply with quote

L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1053404.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:40 am Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.


lol wut?

 
gruff5
1053417.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:01 am Reply with quote

ConorOberstIsGo wrote:
gruff5 wrote:
L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.


lol wut?

I stand corrected. All are L-animals on planet Earth, D-animals do not exist here.

 
julesies
1053527.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:55 am Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
I stand corrected. All are L-animals on planet Earth, D-animals do not exist here.

Animals have some D-amino acids, which is pretty cool. D-amino acids are found in cone snail venom, in American funnel-web spider venom, in the skin secretions of some frogs, and in platypus venom. Additionally, in the human brain D-serine acts as a neurotransmitter.

 
gruff5
1053667.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:27 pm Reply with quote

Thanks, julesies, I didn't know that.

And well done for spotting my obscure reference :)

 
Celebaelin
1087025.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:23 pm Reply with quote

Biologically active amino acids are L isomers, biologically active sugars are D isomers - so kinda both really.

In deference to julesies new information above there should probably be qualifying 'most's or 'by far the majority's in that sentence.

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1093897.  Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:00 am Reply with quote

Lemurs are interesting as they are only found in the wild in Madagascar.

 

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