WEIRD ANIMALS

Egg-shaped observatory is for the birds

By Adam Williams – Tij was delivered by boat in roughly 400 pieces and assembled on site. (Credit: Katja Effting). Resembling an oversized egg in a nest, the Tij (or Tide) is a bird observatory in the Netherlands designed by Dutch firm RAU …

Scientists uncover ancient platypus crab

By David Szondy – Artistic reconstruction of Callichimaera perplexa. (Credit: Elissa Martin/Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History).   An international team of scientists under Yale paleontologist Javier Luque has discovered a 95 million year-old “platypus crab” that may throw into question how you define …

‘Miracle’ as bees survive Notre Dame blaze

  Not everything was destroyed in the fire. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gilbert Bochenek. – Three hives containing a population of over 180,000 bees were left unscathed by the devastating fire. – Despite the roof of the historic Parisian cathedral being shrouded …