Sometimes I wish I had developed my interest in science and nature into a career path…But then I remember how horrible I am with math, memorization, patience, and other skills needed for science (I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I was on the first night of my astronomy class to find out how much math was involved…). That doesn’t stop me from trying to keep up with what’s going on in the science, technology, and medical worlds, though (as long as there’s a dumbed-down explanation available). I recently found the Facebook page I Fucking Love Science, and they post some crazy, awesome stuff on their site. Here are a few gems:
Posts Tagged With: spiders
Someone shared this really amazing picture with me. It really is a fantastic picture in its bizarreness.
“An unexpected side effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders’ webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before but, they also report that tere are now far fewer mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are getting caught in the spider webs, thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, who are facing so many other hardships after the flood.”
One act of nature causing the catastrophe (flood), but another act of nature (spiders) preventing another catastrophe (outbreak of malaria).