The twin panda cubs at Zoo Atlanta
will be turning 100 days old on Oct. 23. Following tradition, they will be named on that day, with a selection of names currently open to public voting
. The poll
is tucked away on the Good Morning America site and is open until Oct 21.
Lisa Frank Is Real
"The reclusive artist behind the iconic brand gives a tour of her kaleidoscopic headquarters."
Boring day job? Watch a grizzly bear hunt for salmon at Brooks Falls
or the Lower Brooks River
in Katmai National Park, Alaska. [more inside]
What happened to the girls in Le Roy? (NYTimes)
18 girls in Le Roy, New York have been suffering from tics and seizures. Neurologists believe the cause is conversion disorder
(AKA hysteria) combined with mass psychogenic illness. Others have suggested environmental causes, or PANDAS
. [more inside]
The panda: surprisingly good at life
- "New research has revealed that, contrary to popular beliefs, pandas are surprisingly well-equipped for survival." (via ners
This year's winners of the Ig Nobel prizes are a bumper crop of wild and crazy SCIENCE!,
featuring sword-swallowing, knuckle-cracking, benefits of cow-naming
, pregnant women NOT tipping over
, a household use for giant panda poop
(take that, Packham
), diamonds made from tequila
, a brassiere that can be used as TWO gas masks
, "Ireland's Worst Driver"
, Icelandic banks, Zimbabwean currency, and a 'Peace Prize' earned by hitting people over the heads with beer bottles (and comparing the effects of empty vs. full bottles
) (related inquiry
"Because competent mating did not occur
," the zoo statement
said, veterinarians anesthetized both pandas on Saturday, collected semen from Tian Tian and inserted it into Mei Xiang's uterus. [previously 1 2 3]
Forced to fight
for other's amusement
, it's a sad world
for pandas. Either scuffling
or denigrating themselves
for food sources, are they approaching the downward slide
of species extinction?
The first 3 months of a panda's life
, in photos (courtesy of the World Wildlife Foundation). Bonus link: a gaggle of pandas make for the most adorable news outtakes ever
"Pandas are endangered because they are utterly incompetent... Pandas are badly designed, undersexed, overpaid and overprotected. They went up an evolutionary cul-de-sac and it is too late to reverse."
Panda, Inc. -
National Geographic does pandas, including this surfeit of cuteness clip of
Tai Shan and mom playing
. Watch for panda mania to break out in the U.S. as we count down to Tai Shan's one year birthday
. At 53 pounds, he is coming along nicely - see his progress in his photo album
since birth. Meanwhile, in the wild, happy news that the panda population
may be double what was previously thought. Yay
! (via adorablog's great panda file.)
"You are watching live images
of Mei Xiang, a giant panda
, and her newborn cub at the National Zoo
in Washington, D.C. The cub was born at 3:41 a.m. on Saturday, July 9."
. Warning: make sure you have a high tolerance for cuteness.
Bai Yun’s cub(male) is big enough that now there’s something to see on the webcam in her birthing den at the San Diego Zoo. She’s quite the attentive mother and he’s becoming quite the wiggly baby. You can also view videos here
I don't know what kind of dog it is (and I thought I was a dog-knowing expert) but I want one. If anyone can help me out with the breed (if it isn't a bizarre dog-panda hybrid) I would be really quite grateful...
``As part of the pandas' education, we make those which are sexually inept watch videos of other pandas having sex...''
A couple months ago, a panda was born
at the San Diego Zoo. It was a big achievement and the team is chronicling the progress online. Also, thanks to the wonders of the web, you can see it live at the panda cam page
. Right now, I'm seeing the panda tossing in its sleep.