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Maybe you’re familiar with the arsehole behaviour of cowbirds. Known as “brood parasites”, cowbirds lay eggs in another bird’s nest and trick the host bird into raising cowbird offspring at the expense of her own. Like I said, arseholes. But birds can learn to recognise imposter eggs. That’s where 3D printing comes in.
In 2013, a new island was born off the coast of Japan. While some of these islands formed by volcanic eruptions are only temporary, Nii-jima (“new neighbour” in Japanese) kept growing, eventually consuming the nearby island of Nishino-shima as well. Now the entire landmass is coated in fresh lava just waiting for new lifeforms to arrive.
What a fascinating view. I don’t pretend to know what triggers a bird’s decision to take flight or what makes an entire flock want to take off all at once, but man is it cool to see. This video shows three recordings of starlings taking off from a power line: in real time, at half speed and at 300 frames per second.
When it comes to birds, males — with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays — tend to get all the attention. But colour isn’t just about attracting a mate. For many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.
Video: If you like starling murmurations you’ll get a mental orgasm with this stunning video filmed by Alpacamedia in Utretch, Netherlands. Just sit back, take it to full screen, hit play, and the rest of the world will fade away while you watch thousands of birds dance to a mysterious silent song.
If you’re driving a truck full of birds, can you bang the truck and lighten your load as the birds launch into the air? Mythbusters concluded “no” when they tackled this question several years ago — but that’s because they didn’t have equipment as high-tech as these Stanford engineers’. The real answer, it appears, is a bit more complicated.