Dozens of New Species and a Walking Shark?!

MSNBC is reporting today that "Dozens of fish, shrimp and coral species, including two new types of a shark that walks on its fins, have been discovered in waters off New Guinea in the South Pacific, conservationists announced Monday." And while I'm definitely fascinated to read and see more about the findings, and how environmentalists are going to try and protect the so-called "species factory" along the New Guinea coast from fishermen, I'd be most interested in seeing some video of this walking shark. Apparently the creature (which is part of the epaulette shark family, and pictured above) uses its fins to scamper away from enemies. More on the findings here at MSNBC.

Oh, and be sure to check out their photo gallery. It's the sort of stuff that makes Steve Zissou drool.

A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.


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