This awesome photo of a hermit crab in a glass shell has been going around the internet, attached to a story about New Zealand scientists using the glass shells to lay bare the crabs' inner workings. Which leaves out the coolest part: You can buy one for yourself. (I mean, for your own hermit crabs. You'd never fit in one.)
Usually when you say an artist is "into grass," it's because you're in your 60s and use outdated drug slang. But artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey honestly do amazing things with grass, i.e. the plant people make lawns out of. They've used grass to coat the inside of a church and the outside of a theater. But for my money, their coolest project involves printing photographs onto living grass.
This is Rio de Janeiro right now: "Hey, London, nice job with the terrifying brain slug mascots and logo that evokes cartoon incest. We've also been doing some design innovation for our Olympics! Yeah, we just made this giant beautiful waterfall that will generate renewable energy for the Olympic Village. But yours is good too!"
The whole “people in the Pacific Northwest drink too much coffee” thing has gotten to be a pretty crusty, lazy old joke. But it turns out they drink so much coffee that in areas where waste systems are less regulated, the ocean is becoming a mildly caffeinated beverage, National Geographic News reports.
Caffeine levels off the potentially polluted areas were below the detectable limit, about 9 nanograms per liter. The wilder coastlines were comparatively highly caffeinated, at about 45 nanograms per liter ...
"Caffeine is pretty darn ubiquitous, and there is growing evidence that this and other understudied contaminants are out there," said [hydrologist Dana] Kolpin, of the USGS's Toxic Substances Hydrology Program in Iowa City, Iowa.
We seem to be having a little '90s resurgence, based mainly on the number of girls I've seen wearing high-waisted shorts over tights, and also the fact that they put Beavis and Butt-Head back on TV. So I guess the hip aliens are going back to making mysterious circles, like they used to do in the days before Fortean Times had a website. But this time, instead of decorating the fields of England, they're punching weird spinning disks out of river ice.
It's an international phenomenon. The one above is in Canada. This one's in Scotland:
Lake Delton, in the Wisconsin Dells, has been looking a little like your mom: hard-used and fungusy. Algae overgrowth gave the lake a greenish cast, and made it appear less-than-healthy to swim in. The solution, according to the company that maintains Lake Delton: Just dump a whole lot of blue dye in there and call it a day.
It cost Aqua Engineering over $30,000 to dye the 267-acre lake, which to be fair is a lot less per square foot than it costs me to dye my hair. But locals are still thinking it might not have been the best use of their tourism dollars, mainly because it doesn't actually do a damn thing to solve the lake's algae problem. It's the aquatic equivalent of spray-on hair in a can from QVC. (Or, perhaps more accurately, of spray-painting your lawn green in a drought.)