Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article -- "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies -- The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony..."
Slate has an article titled "Why Do Witches Wear Pointy Hats?" -- "Thanks in part to The Wizard of Oz, the word witch has become code for a certain type of dress. Flowing black robes. Black boots. Accessorize as you wish with a broom or a grassy complexion, but on pain of expulsion from the coven, do not forget the peaked, black, wide-brimmed hat.
Who's Been Most Shut Down by the Shutdown? -- Which federal agencies are untouched, and which are ghost towns?Submitted by ant on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:12am. History | News | Personal | Politics/Laws/Rules | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Sight Seeings | Work
Davidhumus' /. comment mentioned Dr. Chulder's web page showing "How Much Do Animals Sleep? -- Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? Well, it depends on the animal..."
This Boing Boing article "explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak: brutally, and without quarter..."
Blue's News shared a Flash math(ematics) puzzle game titled "10 Game" on Free Web Arcade -- "10 is Simple. 10 is Blocks. 10 is Tricky. 10 is an ADDICTIVE PUZZLE GAME made of numbers." and "Make 10s by sliding and adding numbers together. Each 10 you make becomes a block and the more blocks there are the trickier it becomes - don't get blocked in."