The only Wyoming toads in the world live in Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming, where they were common until the 1970s, hopping around at the edges of creeks, ponds, and small lakes. Then they started to disappear.
Toad licking has long been recognized as a stupid, risky way to try to get high. But do you know the biochemistry that determines how stupid and risky it actually, and how high you could get. Let's squeeze some toads.
Compared to videos of cats playing the piano and hamsters eating burritos, a video entitled "The Neuroethology of a Toad" might not get your attention. But this video is definitely worth your time — if only to see scientists pranking a toad.
Meet the Surinam Toad, a five-inch-long amphibian that lives in South America. Once the female toad's eggs are fertilized by the male, they embed in her back, which transforms into a honeycomb-like lattice. Once the tadpoles fully mature, they make their escape. This is when the horror begins.
No longer will the word "robotic" refer to stiff, slow movements. We'll soon have 'bots that can pull a Miyagi and snatch a housefly out of the air with chopsticks, or, better yet, Robot Mixed Martial Arts Cage Matches! Robots are developing super-flexible physiologies thanks to current research into biomechanics,…