The Weekly Round Up: June 11-17

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I hope you had a good week.  Things are finally starting to get back to normal here at Earth|Unfiltered, after my shitty month of no internet, but unfortunately it’s anything but business as usual in the rest of the world- or at least anytime Trump and his government comes near any environmental issues.  This week we had lots of talk about the Paris Agreement, turkey vomit, and giant Australian turekys.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 9-15

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I don’t really have much to say this week as an introduction.  I wish the worst thing happening right now would be the fact that the Blue Jays have gone 1 and 9 to start the season.  Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world has gone insane.  I’m going to try and keep doing my thing though, so here’s you’re weekly dose of environmental news.  This week we had spiders, the beginning of life on earth, and spiders.  Seriously, there was more spider news than usual this week.  So let’s dive in. Continue reading

Spider Silk is SO 2015!

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I love nature, but I can’t help but feel an uncontrollable rage every time I walk into a spider’s web. Turns out though, I could very well be paying money in the near future to cover myself in spider webs! That’s because The North Face and materials company Spiber have created a parka jacket made from synthetic spider silk! The golden-coloured jacket, known as the Moon Parka, is being toured around Japan as the first step into a new era of clothing. Continue reading

8 Animal Babies That Are Better Than Human Babies

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As a species, humans are pretty shitty.  Even at our strongest we’re not really that gifted at anything.  Sure we’ve got a super powerful brain, but ignore that and we’re really just sacks of meat and blood.  We’re not fast, our eyesight is awful, as is our hearing and sense of smell, we don’t have a tough skin, and we really have no inherent way to protect ourselves.  Honestly, it’s kind of surprising that we’ve made it this far with just a good brain.  But we’re not really going to talk about that today.  Instead, so that we can all feel really awful about ourselves as a species, we’re going to talk about how even as babies, we’re comparatively awful.  So here are 8 animal babies who are, in no particular order, just better than us. Continue reading

#Junkoff: For The Love Of Genitalia

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It is a beautiful thing when social media allows us to come together and shine a light on the issues that really matter in the world! And this hasn’t been demonstrated more than with the hashtag #JunkOff, where scientists have been tweeting photos of the male genitalia of their research species. The tweets have included a wide variety of species from cheetahs to spiders. Not only do the viral tweets shine light on the humorous side of biological research, but also on the significance of genitalia in our understanding of evolution. Continue reading