Posts Tagged 'Animal'

Drone Captures A Blue Whale Feeding [video]

Horseshoe Crabs And Their Blue Blood

From PopularMechanics –

Meghan Owings plucks a horseshoe crab out of a tank and bends its helmet-shaped shell in half to reveal a soft white membrane. Owings inserts a needle and draws a bit of blood. “See how blue it is,” she says, holding the syringe up to the light. It really is. The liquid shines cerulean in the tube. Their distinctive blue blood is used to detect dangerous Gram-negative bacteria such as E. coli in injectable drugs such as insulin, implantable medical devices such as knee replacements, and hospital instruments such as scalpels and IVs. Components of this crab blood have a unique and invaluable talent for finding infection, and that has driven up an insatiable demand. Every year the medical testing industry catches a half-million horseshoe crabs to sample their blood.

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Ili Pika – Rarer And Cuter Than A Panda

ili-pika

CNN reported –

Native to a remote region of China, this tiny mammal, known as the Ili pika, doesn’t know it’s a member of an endangered species — and neither do most people. Rarer — and some would argue cuter– than the panda, there are less than 1,000 of these teddy bear-like creatures living in the Tianshan mountain range in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, says conservationist Li Weidong. Li discovered the pika, formally known as Ochotona iliensis, in 1983 and named it after his hometown, Ili.

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