A lot has happened over the past year. But maybe the most exciting news for kids is the discovery of new animals. Spark children’s passion for STEM by introducing them to never before documented species. Then check out fun related activities from Nat Geo Kids! (And thanks to the International Institute for Species Exploration for inspiration!)
A spider bearing an “uncanny” resemblance to the sorting hat in the Harry Potter series has been discovered by scientists in India. … The spider takes its name from Godric Gryffindor, the fictional owner of the hat. It was discovered in the mountainous Western Ghats region of south-western India.
The Vangunu giant rat (Uromys vika), locally known as the vika, is a giant arboreal species of rodent in the family Muridae. The rat was discovered in the island of Vangunu in the Solomon Islands in 2015, after years of searching based on local stories, and described in 2017. It was identified as a new species on the basis of its skull, skeleton and a detailed DNA analysis. The single individual initially collected from a felled tree (Dillenia salomonensis) measured 46 cm long, weighed between 0.5 and 1.0 kg and had orange-brown fur. Its diet is believed to include thick-shelled nuts like ngali nuts and coconuts, and probably fruits. The species is likely to be designated critically endangered, due to the small amount of forest habitat (about 80 km2) remaining on the island and ongoing logging.
Stingrays are commonly found in the shallow coastal waters of temperate seas. They spend the majority of their time inactive, partially buried in sand, often moving only with the sway of the tide.
In a paper published today in PLOS One, researchers describe two new species of ants from New Guinea.
The new ant species are members of the widespread Pheidole genus, a type of ant found all over the world, and known for its large heads. But in addition to their big heads, these two species have huge spikes on their backs.
Everybody knows that cats are well known for being agile, but one thing you probably didn’t know is that cats are also masters of disguise. Check out these furtive felines compiled by Bored Panda to see what we mean. Whether they’re pretending to be cinnamon rolls, hipsters, chocolate chip cookies or even Adolf Hitler himself, there’s no limit to the lengths these cats will go to in order to pass undetected. Which cat has the most distinctive fur patterns? Let us know in the comments below, and if you have any cats with unique markings then feel free to add them to the list!
#1 This Is Sam. He Has Eyebrows
#2 Inception Cat
#3 This Is My Cat Paco. I Also Call Her Exclamation Butt
Are you a fan of James Bond’s movie? If you really are, you must know about the most current movie, Spectre. The car chosen by James Bond for that movie was Aston Martin DB10. The luxurious car that also looks sporty and futuristic is very suitable for the newest Bond. The car is considered as one of the most incredible cars used in James Bond movies. There are some unique facts about the car that’s worth it to know. Check them out below.
First, the car was specially made for James Bond’s film. Aston Martin was willing to spend a lot of money to make this car. It needed only seven months to finish the car. On September 2014, Sam Mendes, the James Bond film director came to Aston Martin studio for the sketch and seven months later, the car had been completely done. Can you imagine that? Normally, it can take for years to make an automobile.
Because Aston Martin DB10 is made in very short time, Marek Reichman, the CCO of Aston Martin decides to use carbon fiber to make the car. This aims to avoid the complexity of the assembly and to make the body lightweight.
Unlike other automobiles that have to pass crash test, emission test, and other tests before being launched, the Aston Martin DB10 doesn’t have to. It’s because the making process of the car is relatively fast so that some tests are skipped.
Another interesting fact about this car is that the cars are produced in a very limited numbers. There are only 10 units in the world in which the eight of them is used in the film.
You must be wondering how much a unit of Aston Martin DB is. It is estimated that the price of this high-tech car reaches more than 475,000 US Dollars.