Friday Quick Links

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

How do you prepare a panda cub for life in the wild? Step one: wear an adult-sized panda suit.

In 1551, Konrad Gesner published the five-volume Historiae animalium (“History of the Animals”), the first modern work of zoology that attempted to describe all the world’s animals. Gesner did well, given that many of the animal records he wrote were based on others’ descriptions. The National Library of Medicine has digitized the book so you can flip through and see some of the highlights, from an armored rhino to a unicorn.

And if organisms smaller than the ones Gesner was describing are more your style, the National Library of Medicine has also digitized Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, which was a pioneering text for the world of microbiology.

The Japanese probe Akatsuki was supposed to reach Venus, but missed. No worries, its orbit around the sun means the probe and Venus will run into each other again in six years.

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are, Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky…” Meet LS IV-14 116, a pale blue star revealed to be the most zirconium-rich star known to date.

Unwanted object in a frog’s body? No problem! Just have the bladder grow around it and pee it out later!

We have amazing photographs in our Local History Archive. But as far as I know, no one’s animated them in quite this way: Poetry Animations.


1 Response to “Friday Quick Links”

  1. 1 Maria Mortati December 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Katie, those are crazy and amazing. Thank you for making my Friday that much more interesting.

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