The colorful mantis shrimp is known for powerful claws that can stun prey with 200 lbs. (91 kilograms) of force. Now, new research finds that these aggressive…Read More »
crustaceans are weird in another way: They see color like no other animal on the planet.
In fact, the 400-million-year-old visual system of the mantis shrimp works more like a satellite sensor than any other animal eye, said study researcher Justin Marshall, a neurobiologist at the University of Queensland in Australia. Instead of processing ratios of stimulation from just a few color receptors, the mantis shrimp has 12 — and it seems to use them to recognize color with minimal effort.
A 42-year old electrician in California developed star-shaped cataracts in his eyes after a serious work-related accident caused electricity to run through…Read More »
his body, according to a new report of the case.
The man's left shoulder came into contact with 14,000 volts of electricity, and an electric current passed through his entire body, including the optic nerve — the nerve that connects the back of the eye to the brain.
Giant wind turbines appear as white specks across the Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom, in this satellite photo of the London Array, the world's largest…Read More »
offshore wind farm, released today (Jan. 21).
The wind farm, which became operational on April 8, 2013, is located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from England's Kent and Essex coasts. The London Array's 175 wind turbines can generate a maximum of 630 megawatts of power, which is enough to power 500,000 homes, according to NASA officials.
Credit: Dr. Frank R. Rack, ANDRILL Science Management Office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
A robot surveying the underside of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf has made a startling discovery: Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with…Read More »
their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.
The creatures are a new species dubbed Edwardsiella andrillae. Other anemones have been found in Antarctica, but these are the first reported to live in the ice. The tiny, white invertebrates reside in burrows in the ice and extend their tentacles to filter-feed from the water below.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon, using Landsat 8 data from the USGS Earth Explorer
Images of a nearly bare Mount Shasta taken from space reveal the severity of the California drought.
The volcanic peak, normally blanketed in snow this…Read More »
time of year, has almost no snow cover on the south, west and eastern slopes. Snow cover has decreased dramatically since November, when the mountaintop looked mostly white, NASA's Earth Observatory reported.
An extremely elusive creature called a bay cat has been photographed in stunning detail in its native Borneo in Southeast Asia.
The new image, which was…Read More »
captured by a photographer working with the wildcat conservation organization Panthera, is one of the first high-resolution images taken of the enigmatic species. Previously, grainy camera-trap images were the main evidence of the cat's existence.
It was hiding on Peru's forest floors, with a body camouflaged to look like dead leaves.
A new species of toad, called Rhinella yunga after the habitat…Read More »
where it was found, was discovered by scientists in a stretch of mountainous forests along the eastern slopes of the Andes known as the Peruvian Yungas. (The Quechuan word "yungas" means "warm valley.")