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…The Parrot Flower looks like a parrot?

Parrot Flower

The Parrot Flower looks like a bird when viewed from the right angle. Not too sure why a flower would need a defense mechanism, but if this one needs to scare away anything that doesn’t like parrots, it’s doing a pretty good job.

[Parrot Flower]

[Via: Spluch]

…Katydids come in pink?

Pink Katydid

No, this isn’t a Photoshoped image of the Barbie bug collection. It’s a real live (or at least alive when the picture was taken) pink Katydid (Amblycorypha) from Monroe County, Michigan. Apparently the Katydid, unfazed by survival of the fittest, dons this color with no fear of being found and eaten. If only they could capture and breed these things, they could create a hoard of screaming pre-teen girls who suddenly love bugs and have to have one of these for Christmas.

[Pink Katydid]

…Bees can tell time?

In a discovery that is sure to rock the scientific world (ok, so maybe that’s not true, but it is kinda cool), scientists have found that bumblebees can estimate duration of time intervals. It had been known that many insects had daily and annual rhythms of behavior, but actually estimating shorter time intervals was once thought to be an ability reserved for humans and other vertebrates. Apparently, bees make many decisions that require the ability to tell time, including navigation and when to enjoy nectar from their favorite flowers.

[Via: ScienceDaily]

…Pluto is no longer a planet?

Pluto Billboard

Pluto was recently stripped of it’s planet status by the IAU 9International Astronomical Union), going from a mighty planet to a lowly “dwarf planet”. The new definition of planet states that not only must it orbit the sun and be large enough to assume a nearly round shape due to gravity, but it also must “clear the neighborhood around its orbit”. Pluto was disqualified by the last restriction, as its oblong orbit overlaps Neptune’s. Many scientist were not happy about the decision though, as many of the other eight planets, including our own, do not pass the three tests with flying colors. The presence of near-Earth objects floating around means that Earth itself has not entirely cleared its orbit neighborhood. It appears that textbook writers and school teachers may make the final decision though, as what they write and teach will be what America’s children learn.

[Scientific American]

[Photo via: Worth1000]