Sunday, 27 October 2013

News from Around the world (27/10)

Wildlife at Chernobyl’s Fallout Zone - Chernobyl’s abundant and surprisingly normal-looking wildlife has shaken up how biologists think about the environmental effects of radioactivity. The idea that the world’s biggest radioactive wasteland could become Europe’s largest wildlife sanctuary is completely counterintuitive for anyone raised on nuclear dystopias.

5 Surprising Facts About the Oarfish - A sputtering oarfish may look like a terrifying sea monster, but it is not thought to pose a danger to people or boaters.

The First Venomous Crustacean Species - Within this toxic dynasty, one of the major arthropod groups—the crustaceans—sticks out. There’s no such thing as a venomous crab or lobster, prawn or shrimp. There are some 70,000 species of crustaceans and, until recently, it seemed that all of them were venom-free.

Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels - Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope