Isn't this pig smiling? He is playing with Beatrijs Voorneman, the designer of his new toys - ones she created to keep crowded farm pigs from attacking each other and getting bored.
Recently a study was published in the science journal PLoS ONE in which genetically modified sheep were put to various discrimination tests, and their performance was compared to that of non-modified sheep of the common variety, Ovis aries. On the way to developing a possible treatment for Huntington's disease, the researchers discovered that sheep are really very smart!
I was shocked to learn that this beautiful Crystal Bubble by Pierre Staphane Dumas was a real inhabitable bubble, and not just a design for a bubble. Indeed, Dumas has made a business out of renting Crystal Bubbles and other members of his BubbleTree collection. Of course, if you would like to buy one, you could stay there longer than a night or two...
Cells that lie deep in the hypothalamus, known to be linked to violent behavior in male mice, were shown, with the help of fluorescent tags, to be intertwined with cells active during sex. Could a mix-up in these cells be responsible for violent sexual behavior in some human males?
Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.
A new gel that the inventors say you can play with like Silly Putty, can repair torn skin, bond implants, or act as an adhesive for underwater machinery. The invention, under development for several years, is now patent pending, and it's all thanks to the biomimicry of a mussel's byssus, the hair-size filaments that form a sticky foam enabling the mussel's fierce attachment to rocks, substrates, and beds on the sea walls and floors.