Many people have heard the old metaphor about the frog; if you put one in boiling water it will hop out, but if you gradually increase the temperature of the water it will let itself be boiled. It's meant to warn us about slowly developing dangers in addition to obvious ones.
Last week, NASA set its LADEE spacecraft blazing on a course to the Moon. While the launch was visible from much of the East Coast, those spectators nearest the VA launchpad were afforded the most breathtaking views. One amphibious Virginian, in particular, was especially moved by the spectacle.
Happy Monday, people. We hope you're ready for some weird, because we're about to bring it in the form of a wriggling frog-sac full of tinier frogs.
The "world's smallest vertebrate" title has always been held by the powerful fish lobby — until now. But this little frog changed everything. Paedophryne amauensis shows us just how little spine an animal can have.
Frogs really should have fantastically strong leg muscles to jump as far as they do. And yet their leg muscles are only a fraction as powerful as they would need to be...so where does this leaping power really come from?
Seriously, watch. It's out of this world. The Epomis beetle can beat the laws of nature and actually kill a frog that's much, much bigger than it. Even more, the Epomis beetle's larvae can do the same—with an almost 100% success rate.
The predator-prey relationship between frogs and beetles seems like it would be pretty obvious doesn't it? Frog spots beetle, frog stealthily approaches beetle, frog eats beetle. Done, done and done.
Frogs in northern Australia have to find a way to survive months of cold, dry climate. Their solution? Hang around outside just long enough to trap condensation, which they use to hydrate themselves. By any standard, this is pretty ingenious.
In many species, males woo females into mating with them. This means they need to find a way to be attractive, which includes everything from elaborate plumage to melodious mating calls. But there's such a thing as too handsome.
China's concave-eared frogs are one of two amphibians that use ultrasonic frequencies to communicate. There's only one small problem: the males and the females have evolved along such vastly separate lines that females are completely deaf to the males' ultrasonic cries.
Darwin's frog, found in the forest streams of Argentina and Chile, has quite possibly the weirdest birthing method of any creature. Instead of hanging out in ponds, these little tadpoles help give new meaning to fathers with big fat mouths.
In the normal course of things, beetles will generally stick to eating insects, worms, and any dead meat it happens to come across. But if conditions are right, one species will kill and devour frogs many times its own size.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and comprises the nations of Malaysia, Brunei, and parts of Indonesia. It's one of the most incredibly diverse places on the planet, home to 15,000 plant species, 3,000 different trees, 221 different land mammal species, and 420 unique birds. And that number is…
The Gastrotheca guentheri is the strangest frog in the world. 200 million years ago it had a full mouth of teeth. The lower teeth evolved away, then suddenly reappeared millions of years later. It's the best evidence yet of re-evolution.
Fear not, for this very cute and very confused Cuban Tree frog didn't die electrocuted or slowly cooked from the inside. After James Snyder found it in his garden, he pulled the light out and it was fine. [National Geographic]
304 components made of grade 5 titanium, blue 22K gold rotor, three-dimensional horological engine, hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating aluminium domes covered with 0.28mm-thick sapphire crystal. They call it the HM3 Frog.
A monster from Big Man Japan is giving us the old eye-testicle wink, and we're lovin' it. The LA Times has a spread of new movie pics out, and we've picked the best.
Nextar is bringing the big guns to CES this year with their upcoming frog-shaped "Ribbit" MP3 player. Besides the unique design, it features 2GB of storage space and an OLED screen for only $25.