“Matthew Mazzotta, armed with a $4,000 grant from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, created the ingenious Park Spark converter system that uses dog poop to power a gas lantern that illuminates a corner of the Pacific Street Dog Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pictured: A local resident admires Mazzotta’s handiwork.”
Image “Luke Ryan, courtesy Flickr.”
Newly Discovered katydid in Papua New Guinea - Within the relatively small sample of 42 individuals of the leaf katydids (subfamily Phaneropterinae) in the Muller Range mountains, Rapid Assessment Program scientists Piotr Naskrecki and David Rentz found at least 20 new species! This group, which is restricted to the forest’s canopy, is very difficult to collect, and thus virtually unstudied. This pink-eyed Caedicia probably feeds on flowers of the forest’s tall trees.