Buzz pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants – and bumble bees are among the few species of bee capable of doing it.
In the second episode of the wonderfully informative series “Simon’s Cat Logic“, illustrator Simon Toland reminisces about his childhood cat while behaviorist Nicky Trevorrow explains how felines perceive and express themselves when it comes to the question of falling in love.
Unfortunately cats aren’t really that romantic so it’s quite a contrast to the Simon’s Cat Valentines Day videos. Cats can actually mate with quite a few different partners and they are not really fussy with who they choose to breed with, and they don’t really choose a mate for life like birds do.
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Designer Cameron Booth has put together The Transit Map Hall of Shame, an online collection of some of the worst public transit system maps in the world. Booth rates transit map quality on his transit map focused Tumblr and takes submissions of maps from readers.
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Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed soft robotic grippers gentle enough to lift an egg without cracking it. The silicone grippers use electroadhesion and can be scaled up for much larger objects.
Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper — made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes — that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level.
NASA has released a map of a large section of the Sputnik Planum region of Pluto using a colorful key to show the dwarf planet’s diverse geology. The map section covers 1,290 miles from top to bottom and highlights more than two dozen distinct terrains, defined by their texture and morphology.
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Talented artist Andrea De La Ossa transforms herself into all sorts of different pop culture characters and unique monsters with her overabundance of skill and Mehron makeup. Andrea’s entire collection of cosplay body paint photos are available to view on Instagram.
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