Unfolding The Secrets Of Ladybird Wings

Unfolding The Secrets Of Ladybird Wings

Ladybirds – exemplified by their cherry red regalia – have been hiding an incredible secret beneath the brightness of their shell. They have the flexibility to furl their wings into a tight space, yet also deploy them with enough stiffness and strength for flight. This is not just a simple case of origami, but a marvelous…

That "Alien Megastructure" Star Is Flickering Again

That "Alien Megastructure" Star Is Flickering Again

Here we go again. That misbehaving, mysterious star – the one people want to believe is surrounded by an alien megastructure – is dimming again, and the sci-curious on the Twittersphere and Reddit has gone veritably crazy. Those with telescopes have trained them on the star, code-named KIC 8462852, hoping to catch a record of…

Hunter Killed After Shot Elephant Falls Over And Crushes Him

Hunter Killed After Shot Elephant Falls Over And Crushes Him

Humanity, in plenty of ways, has had a profoundly negative impact on wildlife. From throwing them into volcanoes to overzealously feeding them when we shouldn’t, it’s not surprising that animals sometimes decide that they’ve had enough, and fight back. Big game hunter Theunis Botha reportedly learned this lesson the hard way. Stalking around the Zimbabwean…

How World War I changed the weather for good

How World War I changed the weather for good

Culture has rarely tired of speaking about the weather. Pastoral poems detail the seasonal variations in weather ad nauseam, while the term “pathetic fallacy” is often taken to refer to a Romantic poet’s wilful translation of external phenomena – sun, rain, snow – into aspects of his own mind. Victorian novels, too, use weather as…

Watch: Sea Lion Drags Girl Into Water In Richmond, BC

Watch: Sea Lion Drags Girl Into Water In Richmond, BC

Have you ever seen those large signs in areas populated by local wildlife, telling you very clearly that it is forbidden to feed the animals? Well, maybe this will show you why. When wild animals are fed by humans, they obviously begin to associate humans with food. This can lead to deadly situations for both…

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

Fidget toys aren’t just hype

The fidget spinner craze has been sweeping elementary and middle schools. As of May 17 every one of the top 10 best-selling toys on Amazon was a form of the hand-held toy people can spin and do tricks with. Kids and parents are even making them for themselves using 3D printers and other more homespun…