Female koalas indulge in lesbian "sex sessions",
rejecting male suitors and attempting to mate with each other, sometimes up to five at a time, according to researchers.
After two big Antarctic ice shelves broke off several years ago
, a world of new species was found underneath
and a press release came out yesterday, showing spindly orange starfish among other interesting creatures. Here is some more information
on the expedition.
The fact that the shelves melted when they did is most likely a result of global warming, but having them out of the way gave researchers a golden opportunity to study what lives beneath the ice.
Other occassions where a disaster has simultaneously been a great research opportunity include radioactive fallouts: at Chernobyl the evacuated area has been monitored
for the past decades to see which species move in and how they thrive (previously on Metafilter
Bush administration tries to silence NASA's chief climate expert
James Hansen from granting interviews about global warming. Meanwhile, a new study by Australian researchers confirms that global sea levels are rising
, and may make island nations like Tuvalu
and the Maldives
uninhabitable by the end of the century. [via RawStory]