Saturday, April 28, 2018
A lot of people like superheros, and even people who don't usually know about Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk. If you're familiar with the theme of this blog, you're probably wondering why I started this post with superheros. Well, the hero-creating people at DC, Marvel, etc. tend to get a fair amount of their inspiration from animals. There are the common ones that get movies, like Ant-man and Spider-man, but there's a lesser-known hero who's actually pretty cool. The one I'm talking about is based off a common mammal that's brown, grey, red, black, or white, found on almost every continent, is high-energy, intelligent, and has a big fluffy tail. Yes, it's a squirrel, and they've got more hero-worthy powers than one might think. (To find out more click on these links.) The hero's name is Squirrel Girl, whose powers include a big tail, running 20 mph, and talking to squirrels. She first showed up in Marvel comics in 1991. Now she has two novels by Shannon and Dean Hale. It's a really fun book that I highly recommend.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
All you dog owners, this suggests that your dog might really understand what your saying. Scientists in Berlin, Germany have conducted an experiment where they had to teach 13 dogs to lie motionless while they're being scanned and hearing their owners via headphones. The test suggests that it not only matters what you say to your dog, but also how you say it.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Listen up, pokemon fans! Scientists have now discovered a type of sea slug that looks quite a bit like pikachu. And that's not all. If you search "pokemon sea slugs" you'll get images of at least two other slug pokemon look-alikes. They were found near Japan, the same place where pokemon came from. So maybe the sea slugs were the inspiration for pikachu, not the mouse as Americans once thought (and by the way, I think that dedenne was inspired by the mouse. It looks a lot more like a mouse than pikachu!).
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
You know what the largest dinosaur that lived on Earth is? Tyrannosaurus Rex? Argentinosaurus? Maybe not! Just four years ago, someone in Argentina found an old bone sticking up out of the dirt on his property. Then, he started digging around that area and found the complete skeleton of six of the biggest Titanosaurs skeletons. Last Friday, the skeleton cast became a permanent attraction at The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. For details on the story, please click here. Last Fact of the Post: Many of the important dinosaur discoveries were made in a casual way by non-experts.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Well, talk about surprising! You know how giant squid do exist, but live in the deeper areas? Somehow, a young giant squid made it into Toyama harbor on Christmas Eve. This was quite a surprise to everyone the harbor that day, but it was a good thing no damage was done. A few people took video of this rare sighting. It was very interesting that it happened on that day, a very special day. It could mean something very,very special Christmas this year, or mean nothing. Just an idea I wanted to throw out there. To read about this story, please click on this link.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
You know that birds live in the city, and so do squirrels, but peregrine falcons can to. Just a few weeks ago, my family was having a barbecue in our backyard, and saw a peregrine falcon just sitting in a tree, waiting for his diner. There can be foxes, opossums and racoons can live in the city too. But bears in the city? That sounds impossible, but it's not. Just today, my father, sister and I, were biking from the library, when I saw something the size of a large dog, and thought, "What is that thing?" As I got closer I thought, "Please tell me that's just a dog." I got even closer and knew it was...(drum roll) a bear cub!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And it had a broken leg! There's a YouTube video of the poor thing .( :=( (crying face) )
Have you ever heard of the ox-pecker? If you don't know what it is, it's a little bird that lives in Africa and eats bugs and parasites on large, African mammals. Elephants don't like them, though. Well, sometimes, elephants aren't the only ones who think the ox-pecker is nosey. You'll get my joke if you click here