Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Lost With No GPS or Compass? Just Look For A Cow In A Field!

Scientists at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany stumbled upon something weird  while looking at Google Earth satellite images. It seems that cows face a northerly or southerly direction while they eat and sleep. A guy called Hynek Burda was the first to discover this phenomenon. He was viewing satellite images of camping sites and…

Technobiophilia and why our digital lives don’t need to be frantic

According to Author Sue Thomas who wrote the book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace there's an intimate relationship between the language we use online: clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs and the way that we use our devices to reconnect with nature. According to Thomas, technobiophilia is the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear…

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland Over Four Splendid Seasons

Lapland straddles the northern-most regions within Sweden and Finland. Yet this place is more than merely the legendary hideout of Santa, it sparkles all year round with serene natural beauty. Whatever the reason and whatever the season, you should go there. Spring The spring in Lapland is brief and boisterous, with many creatures all clamouring to…

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses. Myth and the Solar Eclipse Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote 'Day…

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hungarian artist Barbara Bernát has created a wonderfully poetic illustrations of woodland creatures native to her country.   The hypothetical currency was created as an MA project and sees the Euro featuring pretty European animals on one side while the other shows a related botanical wonder. To add a dramatic, true-to-life  feeling she has based the…

Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Help Bring Back The Eurasian Lynx To Britain!

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Mammalia Order Carnivora Family Felidae Genus Lynx The Eurasian Lynx was once a part of primeval forests in Britain, but has since been hunted out of existence there. Nowadays with the deeper understanding of ecological balance, the importance of primary predators has been reasserted. In Britain, there's an exciting new…

The Secret World of Bees

The Secret World of Bees

Bees see the world in an entirely different way. Their unique perceptual abilities can help us to perceive the world is a much richer way. Bees are benevolent little workers who pollinate and beautify the blooms of the world. An integral part of the landscape, they burrow their furry yellow and black backs into the…

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on earth and also one of the longest lived, with a lifespan averaging 60 years or longer. In the Buddhist tradition, a white elephant is considered to be the incarnation of Buddha. Thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of…

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Are Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair is an ingenious and clever response to a growing encumberance that's carried by our oceans - floating rubbish. Studio Swine and Kieren Jones have merged traditional fishing practices, industry and synthetic materials to fabricate a chair made from discarded plastic on-board of an old fishing vessel and using a custom-made seapress. The…

Free Online Course for Dreamers: Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

This is quite possibly the most amazing course ever presented on Coursera. It's called Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life. A sweeping epic that begins at the moment of the Big Bang and the creation of matter and careens along at a throttling pace through Deep Time towards the Human…

Are Sharks A Real Summer Danger in Australia?

Great white sharks are found all over the world and live up to 30 years and grow up to 6 metres in length. Feeding primarily on fish and seals, they are one of the majestic masters of the world's oceans. Sparked by recent spate of fatal shark attacks, Western Australia's Premier recently gave the green…

What New Zealand native species are you? Tuatara

Take the quiz: What New Zealand native species are you?

Take this quiz that originally appeared on the NZ Department of Conservation's website. It is a lot of fun.  Image Source Kauri You’re one of the world’s mightiest characters. You’re tall and strong and are respected by many. But with great power comes great responsibility, and you find that often you’re reassuring people that ‘My home…

Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ's Alpine Trickster

Eight Quirky Facts About The Kea: NZ’s Alpine Trickster

Kea Nestor notabilis are an endemic parrot of the South Island of New Zealand. Playful, inquisitive, bright eyed and stunningly beautiful, keas are also incredibly resourceful. Many scientists argue that they are the world's smartest bird. Not convinced? Here are some more juicy facts to win you over. A kaleidoscope of colour The glorious colours…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

So far I have lovingly described a lot of Sydney natives who live under the sea. In our final of the series I look at the Gloomy Octopus and Eastern Blue Devil Fish, two of the most reclusive, mysterious and strangely beautiful residents of Sydney Harbour. I hope that you've enjoyed this series on Impossibly…

Release the Snails!

Bill Bailey Demands Release Of Land Snails in Polynesia

In a fascinating Guardian interactive entitled Seven Digital Sins, Comedian Bill Bailey muses on how the abundance of campaigns on social media causes us all to go into meltdown. As a consequence, we never become deeply involved in social causes and ideas that we are passionate about, beyond the paltry click-click of our keyboards. His…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 3

As promised, here are more amazing creatures both big and small who call Sydney Harbour home. Although if you are planning on a snorkelling or diving expedition, be aware that most of these creatures will be elusive, shy and unwilling to interact with you. Seahorse Seahorses are gorgeous, mystical and delicate creatures. They have captivated…

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour. There was just so much to cover when it comes to local marine life, that we thought it best to do a thorough four part expose on Sydney's most glittering and flirtatious residents - aside from the drag queens, that is!   Port…

Impossibly Beautiful Marine Life in Sydney Harbour – Part 4

Impossibly Beautiful Sea Life of Sydney Harbour – Part 1

In case you've been living under a rock in the harbour, you will know that Sydney offers some amazing snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. It's a really clean body of water. The proof is in the snorkelling too. A recent study revealed that Sydney harbour has more marine species than any other harbour in the…

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Introducing the Sky Bastard who terrified the shit out of my Maori ancestors in New Zealand... Common Name: Haast's Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (Discovered and named by Julius von Haast in the 1870s) Traditional Name: Te Pouakai or Te Hokioi (Meaning the 'Old Glutton' in Maori) My Name for him: Sky Bastard (Why? Because he was…