12 Bizarre Facts About Jellyfish That Will Blow Your Mind

1. Some have “immortal” properties.

The immortal jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) ages like Benjamin Button—when a crisis like starvation presents itself, the jellyfish’s cells transform and revert to their earliest form, a polyp, making this type of jellyfish potentially immortal. Keep reading for more incredibly bizarre facts about jellyfish!

2. They have no “sides”.

Jellyfish have no right or left side—only a top and bottom—as they are symmetrical around a central axis that runs the length of their bodies.

3. Jellyfish are a boon to cancer research.

Green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) from the Aequorea victoria jellyfish species have transformed bio-medical research. The glow-in-the-dark proteins can illuminate specific proteins within the human body to track microscopic activity (for instance, cancer growth).

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Belle The Hippo During The Siege Of Leningrad

Belle The Hippo Leningrad

Of all the horrors of war, a destitute hippo is one of the last sights you’d expect to see. Translated directly from the source: “Belle survived the war thanks to her caretaker, Yevdokia Dashina. In 1941 water was turned off throughout the city and Belle’s pool was empty, so her skin began to dry out and crack. Every day, Dashina would drag a 40-liter barrel of water from the Neva river and rub the suffering hippo with camphor oil. Eventually, Belle’s skin healed and she was able to hide underwater through the air raids.”

The Curious Life Of A Poodle Trainer

With puffs of bleached hair not unlike her beloved poodles, Irina Markova truly embodies the idea of how one event–positive or negative–in childhood can inform one’s future. “The Poodle Trainer” has made its rounds at several film festivals, with critics praising it for its ability to “[pack] humor and tragedy into a subtle and perfectly paced seven minutes”. Watch and see if you agree.

13 Intriguing New Species Discovered In 2013

Even as humans continually encroach on environmentally sensitive habitats of various creatures, mankind keeps discovering new animal species. Actually, there are considerably more undiscovered species out there—scientists estimate about 8 million—compared to the 2 million that have been identified and cataloged.

Around 18,000 new species are discovered every year. In 2013, an expedition to Suriname by members of Global Wildlife Conservation and Conservation International, among other organizations, was particularly fruitful. The trip yielded 60 new species living in the mountainous southeastern region of the country in remote, unexplored rain forests.

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