January 23rd, 2008

'I'm a human pet': The Goth teenager whose fiance walks her around on a dog lead

Are humans allowed?


"Last month, with Miss Maltby on a leash as usual, the couple tried to board a bus at the bus station.

The driver, who was off duty, was standing near the door.

Mr Graves alleged: "He shoved me off the bus. He called us freaks and he called Tasha a dog.

"I got a bit angry and called him a fascist pig.""

you don't even have to be multicellular to learn

I'd put this in my own journal originally, but it's so cool I had to share:

Apparently even slime molds (which are really ginormous fused cells, with millions of nuclei), can learn. They slow down in dry air, and move faster in humid air; 'faster' being realtive, as they move at about 1 cm per hour. If you give them a puff of dry air, they slow down momentarily. If you give them three dry episodes one hour apart, at the next hourly interval they slow down, even if you *don't* give them another puff of dry air. Like they are expecting it.
More here:
Cool, huh? Not only can they learn without a brain, they do it without *nerves*.

Fire Ant Rafts

Fire ants live in the Amazon rainforest.
As you may or may not know, the Amazon forest floor floods for a few months a year. Insects move up into the trees. A lot do this before the floods, but some leave it a little late.

Fire Ants make living rafts to find a suitable tree in which to nest during flood season.

Apparently lots of different species do this. Collapse )