BEAM will expand to five times its original volume. NASA
All eyes were glued to their TV screens around the world yesterday (probably) as we all awaited the moment NASA inflated its first expandable habitat on the International Space Station (ISS). But, well, things didn’t quite go according to plan.
Some grey-headed flying fox bats hanging out in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia. Nadezda Zavitaeva/Shutterstock
This is the story of flying fox bats, "waving man" inflatables, and an Australian seaside town.
The quaint town of Batemans Bay in New South Wales, Australia has been swamped with over 100,000 grey-headed flying fox bats. After several months of the town’s new residents, the infuriated locals are now hoping to get rid of their unwelcome guests through a AUS$6.2 million ($4.5 million) action plan, full of bizarre ideas.
Harbor porpoise near a fish. Fjord & Belt
Harbor porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, live life in the fast lane. Compared to other toothed whales, they mature earlier, reproduce more frequently, and have a shorter lifespan. They also require a lot of energy just to survive. According to new findings published in Current Biology this week, these marine mammals are constantly hunting and eating, day and night. They hunt up to 550 fish an hour with a 90 percent success rate.
The rock nettle Blumenbachia insignis in the Botanical Gardens of Bonn University. M. Weigend/Uni Bonn
Calcium phosphate is the main component of our teeth and bones. And now researchers have found this tough mineral substance in the stinging hairs of South American plants from the rock nettle family. The findings were published in Scientific Reports last week.