Absurd Creature of the Week: 10-Foot Bobbit Worm Is the Ocean’s Most Disturbing Predator – Wired Science

If I could go back to my childhood I would have never waited for rainstorms to flush out all of the earthworms for me to grab, place on leaves, and send down the flooded gutters into the sewers. I thought it was a funny race. But now I wish I could take it all back. Because in tropical oceans there exists a worm that could violently avenge its relatives.

This is Eunice aphroditois, also known as the bobbit worm, a mix between the Mongolian death worm, the Graboids from Tremors, the Bugs from Starship Troopers, and a rainbow — but it’s a really dangerous rainbow, like in Mario Kart. And it hunts in pretty much the most nightmarish way imaginable, digging itself into the sea floor, exposing a few inches of its body — which can grow to 10 feet long — and waiting.

via Absurd Creature of the Week: 10-Foot Bobbit Worm Is the Ocean’s Most Disturbing Predator – Wired Science.

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The secret sex life of spinifex – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Spinifex covers over a quarter of the continent, yet little is known about how it reproduces.

For a while it’s been thought that spinifex produces seeds fairly regularly, which are stored in the ground and then germinate after fire.

But an Alice Springs-based plant ecologist has a new theory.

Dr Boyd Wright says spinifex may in fact be a ‘masting’ species, that produces a large-scale seed crop as rarely as once every decade.

via The secret sex life of spinifex – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Usually, they wait till you’ve signed the contract before revealing the fine print!

Good article and I’ve lost my contract too!

The Australian Independent Media Network

Who else received a Contract from Tony Abbott? Just wondering, because I misplaced mine and I’ve been searching for it on the internet, and I can’t seem to find it there either. Perhaps, it was an individual contract…

”You’ll notice we haven’t said we’re going to get to a surplus by a particular date.” Tony Abbott

“But missing from the independent costings will be the analysis on three of the Coalition’s key policies: broadband, Direct Action and the plan to stop asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Anyway, I was searching for it, because I couldn’t remember if it said anything about surpluses, but as I can’t find it, I guess he’s off the hook.

Still, I wonder whether it was such a good idea to send me a contract at all. I mean, I hadn’t asked for one. And if I was going to…

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Mystery of the ‘butterfly’ nebulae alignment › News in Science (ABC Science)

Astronomers have discovered something weird in the Milky Way’s galactic bulge – a population of planetary nebula are all mysteriously pointing in the same direction.

They noticed the mysterious alignment in the long axes of bipolar planetary nebulae.

Planetary nebulae are caused by the death of red giant stars. During their final years, long after the hydrogen fuel has run out in their cores, these puffed up stars begin to shed their outer layers, blasting huge quantities of material into space.

via Mystery of the ‘butterfly’ nebulae alignment › News in Science (ABC Science).

T cell discovery tops Eureka Prize list › News in Science (ABC Science)

The team that discovered an unknown immune system in the human gut, a pioneer in nanotechnology, and a conservation biologist have been recognised at tonight’s Eureka Prizes – the ‘Oscars’ of Australian science.

The prizes, awarded by the Australian Museum, recognise the work of Australian scientists, engineers and science journalists.

via T cell discovery tops Eureka Prize list › News in Science (ABC Science).

If Abbott is elected, Australia’s natural wonders will gradually be rubbed away | George Monbiot | Comment is free | theguardian.com

His views have changed, but don’t expect Tony Abbott to acknowledge this, let alone apologise to Australians for misleading them. In 2009 he maintained that manmade climate change is “absolute crap”. Now he says “I think that climate change is real, humanity makes a contribution.” But he has merely switched from denying global warming to denying the need to act on it.Abbott is following a familiar script – the 4 Ds of climate change inaction promoted by fossil fuel lovers the world over. Deny, then defer, then delay, then despair.

via If Abbott is elected, Australia’s natural wonders will gradually be rubbed away | George Monbiot | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

China ‘Catastrophe’ Hits 114 Million as Diabetes Spreads – Bloomberg

The most comprehensive nationwide survey for diabetes ever conducted in China shows 11.6 percent of adults, or 114 million, has the disease. The finding, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, adds 22 million diabetics, or the population of Australia, to a 2007 estimate and means almost one in three diabetes sufferers globally is in China.

via China ‘Catastrophe’ Hits 114 Million as Diabetes Spreads – Bloomberg.