Animals, Offbeat

Zoo realises it has been trying to mate two male hyenas for four years

Image via Sapporo Zoo.

Zookeepers in Japan have learned that no matter how hard you try and no matter what some Arnold Schwarzenegger movies tell you, two males can’t have offspring. In what seems like an article taken straight from The Onion, staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent four years trying to get two spotted hyenas to mate, only…

Great Pics, Offbeat

People at this Festival slept in Hammocks Hanging Hundreds of Feet above the Ground

mountains slackline festival

There’s nothing quite like lounging in a hammock, relaxing in the outdoors and feeling the breeze while hanging hundreds of meters from the ground. Wait, what?! You read that right – at this festival, balance is key – not just because it’s a slackline festival, but also because you get to relax and rest in hammocks hanged way above the…


Scientists confess to sneaking Bob Dylan references in their work for 17 Years

A simple twist of fate led these Dylan fans to the same university. Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

It all started 17 years ago, when Karolinska Institute researchers John Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg just couldn’t resist the temptation. Their first Dylan-esque title read: “Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind“. But this was just the beginning; in no time, they were competing to see who can include the most Dylan references before retirement. Now, the contest…

News, Offbeat

Hundreds of “Green Eggs” Wash up on Sydney Beach

Roxy Rogan of Allambie checking out the balls. Picture: Martin Lange

Surfers and swimmers noticed something extremely strange on the Dee Why beach in Sydney: hundreds of strange, fluffy, egg-like …things. It’s still not clear what these tiny “eggs” are, but we can pretty much rule out alien eggs; we’re likely dealing with some sort of clamped up algae. RaeMaree Hutton, Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol member told The…


NASA Puts Files For 3D Printable Model of Hurricane Julio Online

Hurricane Julio. Image via Wiki Commons.

The immense growth of the 3D printing industry is simply mind blowing – I just love how people are starting to apply the technology to more and more innovative areas (just a few examples: cranium replacement, 3D printed skin, tattoos, fossils, entire rooms). Now, it’s time for nature to be 3D printed: after Doug McCune 3D printed the USGS Earthquake Data…

Feature Post, Offbeat

The Perfect Wake-up Call: This Clock Wakes You up with a Tea or Coffee Cup


Ernest Hemingway woke at dawn. Benjamin Franklin sat naked each morning. Beethoven counted sixty coffee beans. Everyone has their own morning rituals, but for some, waking up is more of an ordeal than a ritual. British creative designer Josh Renouf came up with an elegant solution to that problem. He has created a concept alarm clock which wakes you up…

Biology, Offbeat, Videos

Watch: The Inside of a Huge Wasp Colony


Some wasps decided to build their colony next to the window of Youtube user Vang Tsal. Naturally, he was spooked – wasps are mean, and can be quite difficult to deal with. But instead of panicking and attempting to destroy the hive, he filmed it – and the results are spectacular: The colony now offers a perfect perspective of wasp…

Environment, News, Offbeat

BP fined $17.6 billion following 2010’s “reckless” oil spill


A federal judge has called major oil company BP (British Petroleum) “reckless”, and Transocean and Halliburton “negligent” following the major oil spill of 2010. The US District Judge Carl Barbier has ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” was the main culprit for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which is considered to be the biggest marine disaster in history. The spill claimed 11…

News, Offbeat

Pro-fracking newspaper ad banned by Advertising Standards Authority


The Advertising Standards Authority banned an ad which promoted fracking in the UK – this ad is really something else. It starts: “Dear Citizens of the United Kingdom, do you know that your country is blessed with an incredible gift?” OK, that’s fine, the UK has been blessed with lots of amazing gifts – but it’s quite a stretch to…

Offbeat, Other, Physics

‘Risking’ your life for the love of physics [a fantastic video lecture]


Some people become in love with physics because they’re secretly in love with the truth. Physics never lies, if you care to think in absolute terms, so there must be a great deal of comfort. The reason modern civilization works  they it does today is because of our faith in physics and other sciences. If the calculations are performed correctly,…