It is very likely that at the next birthday party you attend you will find yourself surrounded by the chemical element helium. Count yourself lucky as helium, the gas that keeps those birthday balloons floating in midair, is quite rare … Continue reading Helium -The Great Escape Artist
At over four metres (almost 14 feet) long and weighing around 770 kilograms (1700 pounds), Mahone, the great white shark, might seem out of place in the waters off Nova Scotia. But shark sightings are becoming a more common occurrence … Continue reading Shifting Sharks?
Considered the largest living organism ever found the ‘humongous fungus,’ covers nearly 1,000 hectares. Found in Malheur National Forest in Oregon the fungus Armillaria, or honey mushroom is also thought to be 8,650 years old. If smelling like rotting flesh and … Continue reading Weird Nature
You are enjoying dessert and as you bring a heaping spoonful of ice cream to your mouth your tongue becomes frozen to the silver spoon. Surprisingly your brief entrapment has as much to do with heat as it does with … Continue reading Heat Freeze
In the north of England, close to the border of Scotland, you will find one hundred infamous killers, imprisoned behind black iron gates adorned with skulls. And despite their harmful ways these ne’er do wells receive hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading The Poison Garden
Spiderman slings a web from his wrists, Daredevil explores his surroundings using sonar and Aquaman breathes underwater like a fish. Comic book superheroes have long been known to borrow abilities and powers from the natural world. In a sense they … Continue reading Biomimicry