Mesodinium Chamaeleon Is A Unique Life Form That is Half Plant Half Animal

ciliate-mesodinium-protozoan

In nature, you’ll find animals that undergo vast transformations, becoming almost unrecognizable in their new forms. Examples like caterpillars becoming butterflies and tadpoles becoming frogs almost look like distinct animals in the different stages of their evolution.

Read more @ SciTechDaily

PIGORASS 4-Legged Robot Jumps and Gallops on Its Own

Walking is hard enough for robots, but check out this ‘bot that can do so on four legs. He might become your future dog, if all goes according to plan for its Japanese inventors.

pigorass robot four legs yamada tokyo japan locomotion

Read more @ Technabob

Elysia Chlorotica Slug Is Part Animal Part Plant

Elysia Chlorotica in action

I was kind of amazed to read about this plant that can do its own photosynthesis. It absorbs the DNA from the algae it eats and thus is able to photosynthesize, just like plants. However, the exact mechanism of how the DNA is absorbed is still unknown.

This makes me wonder.

What is a plant? Is it enough just to produce chlorophyll and to be able to do photosynthesis? I’m not sure. {via 3QD}

How Bad Was The Jersey Shore?

"I feel like eating ham and drinking water.", via NYMag

I

Bad¹. So bad it’s good? I haven’t decided yet.

Check out this and this, and the following great quotes:

After 2hrs of Jersey Shore, I feel like I just watched Jesus puree a live puppy while being fisted by Hitler. I’m scared forever.
Cajun Boy @ Animal NY

“Yo, I will cut your hair while you’re sleeping”
Angelina to Mike

The only reason I watched it is because of Cajun Boy’s write up on Animal.

Warning: This post might offend you.
[Ed. note: I had to put some warning here, and I thought that this was kind of funny, but you have been warned!]

Continue reading “How Bad Was The Jersey Shore?”

Okapi

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a mammal of the Ituri Rainforest in central Africa. Although it bears striped markings reminiscent of the zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe. Native just to the Ituri forests situated in the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was known only to the local people until 1901.

Continue reading “Okapi”