Apparently No One Knows Where Loofahs Come From

Apparently No One Knows Where Loofahs Come From

Prepare to have your mind blown and your belief system shaken to the core. Next time you enter the bathroom, spare a thought for the most misunderstood shower accessory of all time: the loofah. As intimate as our bodies may become with this inanimate object, chances are you’ve been terribly misinformed about the origins of…

Bees With Mad Ball Skills Taught To Score "Goals"

Bees With Mad Ball Skills Taught To Score "Goals"

Bumblebees can bend it like Bee-ckham. Researchers have trained them to be able to score a ball into a “goal” to receive a sugary reward, in what is thought to show that the insects are capable of complex learning. Not only that, but they suggest it may also be an example of bees using tools. The experiment…

Your dog has a better memory than a chimpanzee

Your dog has a better memory than a chimpanzee

Any dog owner will tell you how smart they think their dog is. What we usually think of as smartness in dogs is measured or observed in their external behaviour. Being able to respond to commands, for example, or remember the location of a hidden toy. Scientists have long wondered whether what underlies “smart” behaviour…

Your Bathroom's Loofah Probably Isn't What You Think It is

Your Bathroom's Loofah Probably Isn't What You Think It is

Prepare to have your mind blown and your belief system shaken to the core. Next time you enter the bathroom, spare a thought for the most misunderstood shower accessory of all time: the loofah. As intimate as our bodies may become with this inanimate object, chances are you’ve been terribly misinformed about the origins of…

What causes whale mass strandings?

What causes whale mass strandings?

Around 600 pilot whales recently became stranded on a New Zealand beach, around 400 of which died before volunteers could refloat them back into the sea. Sadly, this kind of mass whale stranding has occurred since human records began, and happens somewhere in the world on a regular basis. At the end of 2015, 337…

What The Fresh Hell Is This Gigantic Furry Blob?

What The Fresh Hell Is This Gigantic Furry Blob?

New weird blob alert, people! We repeat, new weird blob alert! As is well known by now, the dark and scary sea is full of absolutely bizarre, unusual things. On occasion because the creature faces a bit of vertical exploration near the shoreline, or just because it’s died, some of these unusual lumps of matter…

Blind Termites Tiptoe Past Watchful Ants

Blind Termites Tiptoe Past Watchful Ants

Termites and ants have been at war for millions of years. The contest doesn’t seem a fair one, however, since not only are many ant species much larger than their opponents, but termites are blind, or nearly so, and equipped with less powerful jaws and weaker chemical defenses. Now, it has been discovered that termites…