How to Harvest Cherries, Peaches and Almonds, All From the Same Tree

After looking at this tree, capable of producing 40 different varieties of fruit, the why (cobbler) was pretty clear. But just what makes it possible for all those different fruits to grow on a single tree? » 7/22/14 4:20pm 7/22/14 4:20pm

The Greater Midwestern Squidowl wishes you a tentacle-filled new year

As New Year's Eve approaches, this curious creature, created by Phineas X. Jones (and featured on the Half Acre Beer holiday card), hopes you have a weird and wonderful new year, filled with cryptids and unexpected cephalopods. » 12/30/12 5:00pm 12/30/12 5:00pm

To save their species, fish hybridized themselves into extinction

The whitefish of Europe's Alpine lakes were once a single species, but after the Ice Age they split into separate species, adapting their look and lifestyle to their particular watery home. But this amazing biodiversity would have to be sacrificed. » 2/17/12 9:00am 2/17/12 9:00am

Is this bizarre organism an animal, a plant, or both?

Actually, Mesodinium chamaeleon is both. This single-celled organism definitely eats other creatures, which makes it an animal. But it also absorbs algae cells that can then give it extra energy through photosynthesis. So what on earth is this strange creature? » 1/15/12 3:30pm 1/15/12 3:30pm

Genetic evidence reveals that polar bears originally came from Ireland

Every polar bear alive today shares a common maternal ancestor, and it isn't even a bear from the same species. Their mitochondrial DNA reveals a 100,000 year story of interbreeding and hybridization...and the story is far from over. » 7/07/11 2:00pm 7/07/11 2:00pm

Why don't asexual fish hybrids rule the world?

When a pair of freshwater fish species reproduce together, they create hybrids who are able to reproduce asexually. This ability should offer the hybrids an unstoppable evolutionary why aren't we bowing down before our asexual fish hybrid masters? » 5/02/11 5:00pm 5/02/11 5:00pm

Swine flu and bird flu may team up to create a supervirus

In 2009, swine flu created a minor pandemic, only killing about 15,000 people but infecting millions more. The avian flu H9N2 is ravaging bird populations throughout Asia. They're bad enough on their own...but what if they joined forces? » 2/28/11 1:54pm 2/28/11 1:54pm

Life size replica of the Sharkodile: Half shark, half crocodile!

What if a shark and a crocodile had babies? We suppose their spawn might look a little something like this art on display at the National Art Gallery in Roppongi. Next stop: Sharkodile, an original Syfy movie! [Tokyobling via Superpunch] » 9/30/10 10:00am 9/30/10 10:00am

G.I. Joe's Wanton Destruction, Plus Crazy Twists From Doctor Who,…

It's a spoiler bonanza this morning. For one thing, a producer gave some hints about the sheer number of new robots you'll see in Transformers 2 » 9/18/08 6:00am 9/18/08 6:00am. There's also an early report on that includes some pretty heavy-duty destruction. A leaked call-sheet includes a couple of scenes between Admiral Adama and characters you…

Your Prius Has Been Plotting Against You All Along

It was only a matter of time until the hybrid car got sick of being the answer to all of humanity's problems and lashed out in an uncontrollable Christine » 9/17/08 9:00am 9/17/08 9:00am-style rage, killing a bunch unsuspecting greenies. Check out the first car-smashing pics from the movie , the environmentally friendly car that snapped. []

This Time, Horror Gets Great Gas Mileage

Is there room for a eco-friendly Christine remake? It looks like car horror is back, judging from the Cannes teaser poster for the thriller Hybrid, which leaked out today. There isn't much out there on this movie other than this brief description, "A female mechanic spends one night of terror trapped with a Hybrid car… » 5/07/08 8:20am 5/07/08 8:20am

Soviet Monkey-Human Sex Experiments Live On

In a war-torn, forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union a battered laboratory stands, housing the remnants of twisted experiments. Some of the surviving tenants — part of an attempt by the insane veterinary doctor Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov to breed a slave race of ape/human hybrids — have escaped into the surrounding… » 4/14/08 9:32am 4/14/08 9:32am

Cloverfield + Boats = Hybrid

If you're excited about Cloverfield and you enjoy boating, then maybe you'll like the forthcoming Hybrid. The scifi/horror film follows vacationing students on a sailing trip, who come across an abandoned trawler. But a mutant creature, created by pollution, is living on the trawler and "fishing" for humans in the… » 1/16/08 10:00am 1/16/08 10:00am