What we’ve been up to…

Lovely readers,

The Pink Banana Milk team has been incredibly busy recently with work, going to gigs, complaints to unable phone providers, sleep and sourcing new content. We’ve got a selection of exciting posts in our pipeline so stay tuned!

In the meantime, please enjoy this super sad cat video, as everyone appreciates it here on the internet.

 

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17 Annoying Things Vegetarians Are Sick Of Hearing

 

1. “So you just eat salad?”

"So you just eat salad?"

No.

2. “I once went three days without eating meat.”

"I once went three days without eating meat."

Congratulations.

3. “Where do you get your protein from?”

I actually cannot answer this question one more time.

4. “You know being vegetarian is really unhealthy.”

"You know being vegetarian is really unhealthy."

I’m really thankful for your professional opinion.

5. “How do you survive without bacon?”

"How do you survive without bacon?"

I have cookies.

6. “Can you still eat animal crackers?”

"Can you still eat animal crackers?"

L m a o.

7. “Just eat some meat!”

"Just eat some meat!"

Byeeeeee.

8. “We were born to be carnivores.”

17 Annoying Things Vegetarians Are Sick Of Hearing

Well being a vegetarian is my choice.

9. “What’re you gonna do if I wave this meat in front of your face? LOL”

17 Annoying Things Vegetarians Are Sick Of Hearing

Chomp on lettuce in your face just like this.

10. “But you’re still killing plants.”

17 Annoying Things Vegetarians Are Sick Of Hearing

Please, stop.

11. “You can just peel the pepperoni off of the pizza.”

Have a seat and let me tell you why you’re wrong.

12. “Tofu is disgusting.”

Thank you again for your very important opinion.

13. “Want some of my burger? JK I know you don’t eat meat.”

"Want some of my burger? JK I know you don't eat meat."

It’s been eight years and this joke still is not funny.

14. “What are you going to eat?”

"What are you going to eat?"

Gonna chill over here by the bowl of hummus all night, no worries.

15. “You still eat fish, right?”

If I did, I would’ve told you that I am a pescetarian.

16. “Don’t you feel weak all the time?”

17 Annoying Things Vegetarians Are Sick Of Hearing

No…I ACTUALLY FEEL AWESOME.

17. “So you only eat rabbit food?”

Yep, you just nailed it.

Find the original article on Buzzfeed.

Do The Spider Dance!

After looking at the cutest arachnids in The World’s Cutest Spiders, a new spider species has been discovered – a new Peacock Spider called maratus pardus…and we think it is incredibly cute!

See for yourself – exclusive images of the new Peacock Spider!

Peacock Spider

Peacock Spider

 

The little Peacock Spider doing its morning Yoga session:

Peacock Spider at its morning Yoga session

 

And gymnastics…

Peacock Spider doing gymnastics

 

Or just looking pretty:

Cute Peacock Spider

Cute Peacock Spider (Source: Scientific American)

 

And a short video showing you the moves of this cute little thing.

 

We’ll keep you updated on the news surrounding maratus pardus!

 

Read more about 12 Curious New Species Discovered in 2014.

Squid-skin displays bring us closer to biotech camouflage

Cephalopods are curious creatures, able to flex their bodies into nifty shapes and camouflage themselves from sight. Unsurprisingly, they have also been inspiring biomimicry-led designs for years because of this. This month a paper to be published in Nature Communications deals with their flexi-strechy skills and describes how man can now engineer an elastic film that lights up when stimulated using electricity. Meanwhile, a team of US material scientists has opted to create a new method of colour display using a technique they say will get us that much closer to the holy grail of cephalopod biomimicry studies: camouflaging “squid skin” that morphs into background shades automatically, (otherwise known as a metamaterial).

Octopus pretending to be a stone

Octopus pretending it’s a a stone (Source: Shutterstock)

The group, led by Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), has used aluminium nanoparticles to engineer a display technology that uses the same reds, blues and greens you might see in LCD screens. Five-micron-square pixels — 40 times smaller than the pixels in standard LCDs — deliver rich colours, with each containing a few hundred aluminium nanorods (the nanorods acting as a replacement for colour dyes usually used, which have a shorter life span and will eventually fade or change due to damage).

Using aluminium to deliver coloured displays has long-been considered — it’s cheap, there’s plenty of it and its compatible with production methods already in place, argue the Rice team. However, no one had nailed the colour richness. The LANP team has remedied this by altering the nanorods array — the space between each nanorod — and changing the lengths of the individual nanorods

“This arrangement allowed us to narrow the output spectrum to one individual colour instead of the typical muted shades that are usually produced by aluminium nanoparticles,” said Jana Olson, an LANP researcher and co-author on a paper on the technology published in PNAS.

Olson could work out the right distances and nanorod sizes by adhering to theoretical calculations shared with the team by a fellow Rice researcher working in the physics and astronomy department. The nanorods themselves measured 100 nanometres long by 40 nanometres wide, but the spacing and interactions the team engineered were tweaked to let the pixels produce different colours.

The authors write in PNAS that not only are their methods compatible with usual manufacturing methods for display, they are also scalable.

Still, it doesn’t yet quite sound as exciting as the squid-skin inspired materials being promised. For instance, like the ones a University of California Irvine team is working on to produce infrared camouflage for stealthy soldiers, using a protein called reflectin (yes, that’s its real name, and its common in cephalopods).

However, there is hope for squid-skin displays yet. The Rice team wants to combine this new approach with a series of other work going on related to light-sensing and pattern display. As LANP director Naomi Halas promises in a release: “We hope to eventually bring all of these technologies together to create a new material that can sense light in full colour and react with full-colour camouflage displays.”

“We know cephalopods have some of the same proteins in their skin that we have in our retinas, so part of our challenge, as engineers, is to build a material that can ‘see’ light the way their skin sees it, and another challenge is designing systems that can react and display vivid camouflage patterns. Our goal is to learn from these amazing animals so that we could create new materials with the same kind of distributed light-sensing and processing abilities that they appear to have in their skins.”

If you want to find out more about the flexi-stretchy skin being deliberated over in Nature Communications this month, our US colleagues have detailed the study over at Wired.com.

Original article: Wired

Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on

Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on

(Picture: Picture: Getty)

A war is happening on the web between cats and sloths. Whoever wins, we lose.

Well, not really. Whoever wins, we get bombarded with pictures of the two cutest animals on the planet.

Whether you’re a cat connoisseur or a sloth aficionado depends on your outlook on life. Love sitting on the couch? You’re a sloth fan. Like chasing mice? Then you’re a cat man.

There’s only really one way to find out which animal is cutest… put a lot of pictures of them against each other and hope for the best:

 

Round 1. Human interaction

NEW YORK - AUGUST 11:  Cats on display during the cat fashion show at the birthday party for Matilda, The Algonquin's resident cat, benefiting North Shore Animal League America at the Algonquin Hotel on August 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Picture: Getty Images)

VERSUS

(Picture: Reddit)

(Picture: Reddit)

Round 2. Hypnotising powers

cats, languages, learning lolcatz

(Picture: AFP/Getty)

VERSUS

New Two-Toed Sloth Leander at ZSL London Zoo (c) ZSL (10)

(Picture: ZSL London Zoo)

Round 3. Intelligence

(Picture: YouTube / Pets Collective)

(Picture: YouTube / Pets Collective)

VERSUS

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stock Connection/REX (2365833a).. Brown - throated Three - toed Sloth [Bradypus variegatus], 2 year old female Aviarios de Caribe Wildlife Sanctuary, Costa Rica... VARIOUS.. ..

(Picture: Stock Connection/REX)

Round 4. Posing for the camera

Cat on the Tube: Oyster stuns commuters on Victoria line train

(Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

VERSUS

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Action Press/REX (1617420e).. Camillo is the first two toed sloth to be born at Halle and will come to Chester zoo.. Zoo animals in Halle, Germany - 2012.. ..

(Picture: Picture: Action Press/REX)

Round 5. Companionship

TAKE me home¿ is the plea from these five cute kittens, dubbed One Direction by animal hospital staff after they were abandoned in a waiting room...Liam, Harry, Zayn, Louis and Niall hope that like their boy-band namesakes they will soon have an army of adoring fans queuing up to meet them...The black cats¿ bad luck will come to end if the right animal lovers cross their path and give them new homes ahead of Halloween...The moggies were heartlessly dumped at the Blue Cross charity¿s hospital in Merton, south London, during a busy afternoon this week ¿ a rare, but sadly not unique, occurrence...Deputy nurse manager Emmeline Macedo said: ¿As soon as we saw the five of them, with their scruffy hair and good looks, it was hard not to think of 1D ¿ they¿ve certainly got the X Factor...¿We¿re big fans of the group and it¿s been fun looking after them but they now need a loving home.¿..The cats are thought to be just seven weeks old and will be sent to one of Blue Cross¿ 12 rehoming centres with the hope that people will come forward and take them in...As soon as staff spotted the feline siblings, they took them to the hospital¿s kennels and gave them a pen and a meal. They have since had a check-up and are healthy...Emmeline added: ¿They are all doing well and are typical active, playful kittens...¿Black cats often take longer to rehome because they¿re not as popular, with Halloween coming up we really hope that it won¿t take long to find loving homes for these deserving kittens.¿..Between January and September this year, Blue Cross took in 2,234 stray and abandoned pets.n14.10.13n**MANDATORY CREDIT LONDON MEDIA**n©London Media Press Ltdn11a Printing House YardnLondon E2 7PRn0207 613 2548nn *** Local Caption *** ALL MATERIAL MUST BE CREDITED "LONDON MEDIA". 100% SURCHARGE IF NOT CREDITED

(Picture: London Media)

VERSUS

(Picture: ZSL London Zoo)

(Picture: ZSL London Zoo)

Round 6. OMG you are too cute, get outta my face!

sad and useless cats must credit and hyperlink to: http://www.sadanduseless.com/

(Picture: SadAndUseless.com)

VERSUS

A two-month-old sloth rests on the stomach of its mother Charlotte at the zoo in Halle, center Germany, on November 28, 2012.   The zoo which was founded 111 years ago, has had a record on breeding habits of sloths since 1996.     AFP PHOTO / WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH /GERMANY OUTWALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH/AFP/Getty Images

(Picture: AFP/Getty)

Round 7. Who you lookin’ at? You wanna go?!

NEW YORK - AUGUST 11:  Cats on display during the cat fashion show at the birthday party for Matilda, The Algonquin's resident cat, benefiting North Shore Animal League America at the Algonquin Hotel on August 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Picture: Getty Images)

VERSUS

3 TOED SLOTH (O.S.L.)Television programme :Wild Planet Sloths of Panema.  You need to be a fairly extraordinary creature to be named after a Deadly Sin.  That's the onerous privilege bestowed upon the humble, tree-hugging sloth.  If you've always thought of sloths as one of the laziest of God's creatures, this documentary should be something of a wildlife awakening.  At the first sign of danger, these normally listless creatures become beasts of fury.

(Picture: Channel 5)

Round 8. Hey there you with the sad face

sad and useless cats must credit and hyperlink to: http://www.sadanduseless.com/

(Picture: SadAndUseless.com)

VERSUS

Sloths, East Sussex zoo

(Picture: Reuters)

Round 9. World domination

Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on

(Picture: Getty)

VERSUS

UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 03: Brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus), Bradypodidae. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

(Picture: Getty Images)

Result:

And the winner is…..

EVERYBODY!

CATS AND SLOTHS LOVE EACH OTHER REALLY!

Sloth and cat hugging video

(Picture: Tumblr)

 

Source: Metro 

Man keeps horse on his balcony so thieves can’t steal it

Speechless. Surely pets enjoy hanging out on a balcony as much as humans do?

Metro

A Polish man wasn't bothered when he found that the mower had broken down ñ he simply bowed his friend's horse and use that to cut the grass down to size ñ and when he had finished he stored the horse on the balcony. Borys Kozlowski, from Grajewo, in northeast Poland, said: "I didn't want anybody to steal it. It did a great job on the lawn, and I wouldn't leave the lawnmower lying around either." Borys, 48, admits he had left it until the last minute before finally getting round to cutting overgrown grass ñ only to discover that the lawnmower had given up the ghost. He said: "I saw a pal of mine while I was trying to fix it, and he told me I should forget the lawnmower and power of his horse, Dolina. "I thought it seemed like a good idea, and as the horse was only a short way away anyway we went and fetched it and then he left me with the horse tethered in the garden. Another legal short grass, I got some fertiliser as well. "Afterwards he hadn't come back and didn't want anyone to pinch the animal, so took it up stairs and through my flat and left on the balcony." Passerby Jacek Cimoch said: "I was walking down the street when I noticed a horse standing on the balcony of a family house. "I took out my phone and took a photo and put it on Facebook." The horse owner  Jakob Pancesky collection in the short while later said: "He is a bit of a character.  He has never been frightened of anything in his life - you can fire a starting pistol next to him and he would only turn and look at you. I guess a flight of steps was no big deal to him." The horse was led to the balcony for safe-keeping (Picture: CEN)

If you borrowed a mate’s horse the last thing you’d want is to have someone nick it.

So you can understand why Borys Kozlowski marched the animal through his flat and out onto his balcony in Grajewo, Poland.

Borys borrowed the horse, named Dolina, from a friend who recommended he use the animal to cut his front lawn.

After Dolina finished mowing the lawn her owner didn’t arrive on time to collect her. Not wanting to risk leaving her outside unattended, Borys stuck her on the balcony.

A bemused passerby snapped the unusual pic.

‘I didn’t want anybody to steal the horse,’ Borys said. ‘It did a great job on the lawn, and I wouldn’t leave the lawnmower lying around either.’

Which seems fair enough.

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Squidipity – A Short Film About Bioluminescence

Squidipity – sorry, what now?!

Bioluminescence is a chemical process that brings certain substances to glow. Or more specific: “Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism.” (Thank you, Wikipedia)

Now, as you can imagine, we’re looking at a very beautiful thing here – the only challenge for all of you who aren’t equipped with the cameras and filters of a Hollywood director is…how to capture it on camera?

A young and highly talented artist set herself the challenge to record it all on her phone. Oh, and she has also grown glowing bacteria by turning her house into a fishmarket. I bet the smell was amazing. (She’s looking for a new house mate as well – anyone?)

Reflecting a word play on serendipity, this video is a creation of real footage. The outcome seems as perfect as it could possibly be.

Enjoy!

 

And if you’re ‘gagging’ for more, here’s her blog, mixing all the beautiful and…not so beautiful aspects of arts & science: http://leannecd.tumblr.com/ (not for the faint hearted)

 

Here are some examples of bioluminescence occurring in animals.

Glowing Fish

Glowing Fish (Source: lifescienceconferences.net)

Bioluminescent Squid

Bioluminescent Squid (Source: tufts.edu)

 

Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Bioluminescent Jellyfish (Source: 72andrising.org)