Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bumblebees!


It's Thursday, and while the politicians have been doing plenty of  asinine things that are well worth getting worked up about, I am unable to muster a suitably eloquent tirade. So I'm going to post this video instead. It's David Attenborough explaining how queen bumblebees get the jump on all the other insects in early spring. I thought it was cool enough when we figured out how bumblebees fly (answer: very efficiently). This is even cooler, unhooking and re-gearing a muscle system inside the body and using it for internal heat generation? How absurd/cool is that. And people wonder how scientists can be so fascinated with nature that we devote whole lives to figuring out how little bits of it work. How could you not?

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