The Inauguration of Donaldtrumpi

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No, the title isn’t misspelled. There was a recent discovery of a moth which has been named the Neopalpa donaldtrumpi. Vazrick Nazari, a biologist and researcher from Ottawa, Canada, is the one who discovered this moth which seems to share Donald Trump’s signature hairstyle. The real reason why he named the moth after Donald Trump can be read from the article he wrote:

The new species is named in honor of Donald J. Trump, to be installed as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider public attention to the need to continue protecting fragile habitats in the US that still contain many undescribed species. The specific epithet is selected because of the resemblance of the scales on the frons (head) of the moth to Mr. Trump’s hairstyle.

 Wall Street Journal compiled this about the moth:

This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has honored a new species with his name. Not too long ago a species of caterpillar was discovered, and can be observed as Donald’s hair in motion:

There is now a bug that wears the same hair as Donald Trump, and a bug that simply is Donald Trump’s hair. Though Trump isn’t the first president to honor a newly discovered species. Barack Obama was the inspiration for a lichen fungus discovered in 2007. The fungus was officially published and named in 2009 as Caloplaca obamae, due to Obama’s “…support of science and scientific education.” Before that, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld were also honored with the discovery of several different Agathidium beetles. The names of those beetles are A. bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi. This type of beetle is known for it’s mold-diet, but was strictly named after these politicians as homage.

Know of any other bugs or species named in honor of presidents and famous people? Leave a comment about what you think!

Tiny Cars driven by Moths!

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How you might ask? Well the easy explanation is that scientists developed a tiny car that is steered using a Styrofoam ball. Then a moth is placed directly onto the ball, which it can then walk around on top of to steer. You may be thinking this would lead to aimless steering, or nothing since moths have no incentive to walk on small Styrofoam balls to operate tiny cars. The trick is all in the scent

It’s pretty cute, watching a moth steer a tiny car around, but why would scientists spend their time making tiny cars for moths? Well it can’t be driven by any moth, this can only work if you use a silkworm moth. The silkworm moth has antennae that have the ability to sense smell, and in the above video the scent they used was of a female silkworm’s pheromones.

The entire experiment is actually meant to observe and measure the ability of an odor tracking robot when operated by an insect. The success rate for the experiment was 100% for the moths, who would circle the odor spot presented. Current odor tracking methods are comprised of only well trained animals, such as the dogs you would find at airports or with police officers. The hope is that this experiment will open up paths to finding operated methods of odor tracking, since the moths uses sensory abilities in it’s antenna and not nostrils.

If you’re interested to learn more about this experiment, the entire procedure was recorded and documented on Jove.com from students at the University of Tokyo. Do you have any thoughts on moth controlled robots? Are they cute, or putting our canine friends at the risk of job security? Comment with your thoughts!

Top 7 “Whose a Good Boy??”

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The internet has been taken by storm over a Reddit user’s post of a dog’s before and after pictures from being called a “Good Boy!’ The post inspired boredpanda.com to create a user submission article that featured their own pet’s before and after photos from being called a good boy. There are currently 459 submissions, so you can check out the link to see them all for yourself; however, we’ve done a bunch of the work for you and picked these top “Whose a Good Boy” before and afters:


#7 Ollie “Not Really a Good Dog

by Melody Norman

Maybe it has something to do with the title submission Melody gave to Ollie, or maybe it’s when he stands upright onto his butt, but something about this reaction wouldn’t leave me to rest while going through the other 459 submissions. He’s so pleased, but also looks like a sweet doofus who has no idea he’s not really a good boy.


#6 “Good Dragon!

by Katie Castle

Were crickets involved? Probably, but I’m sure for many pet owners, the word treat was used to get that extra cute reaction. No fowl, no harm! Though I couldn’t even tell you if the side by side is the same reptile, it’s still such a cute lizard-about-to-eat-dinner smile.


#5 Titus

by Titus’ Mom

Clearly posted by a proud mother, this is easily the perfect transition into “Yes! I am a Good Boy!” Titus was featured in one other article on the main website, explaining that Titus is a victim of the well known crisis known as Resting B*tch Face.


#4 A Good GIRL

by Greta J.

I personally dislike snakes more than spiders, but the cute little “ooo” that can be seen in this snake’s after photo is just too good. It’s worth pointing out that Greta is the original author of the post, so there’s no telling if this was one of multiple “perfect” submissions, as she also posts several articles to the website regularly. All that said, it doesn’t matter, this good girl is still loved.


#3 A Good and Happy Boy

by Jeremy Groves

There are several people who don’t consider cats capable of happiness, so if you’re among them and have wondered what a happy cat looks like: here it is! Forward whiskers, closed/narrow eyes, ears perked upright, this is one happy cat. Top rated cats on the article itself were ones who seemed to react terribly to the news, or not at all. This guy couldn’t be left to unseen in the far back, and not get the recognition a sweetie like this deserves.


#2 Calypso, a Good Girl?

by Jordie Schmeiser

As compared to the prior cat, Calypso here just doesn’t really know what to respond with. Already preoccupied with nothing, the words of praise fell short on this one. Perhaps Calypso knows a truth that Jordie has yet to discover.


#1 Simona

by Camila Moraga

This delight! Such happiness! Simona IS a good girl! Thanks to Camila for capturing this sweetheart’s reaction. Although it’s entirely possible Simona is about to sneeze, this photo captures something completely adorable.

If you’re interested in seeing these photos enlarged, you can click on any of them to be directed to the original image. There were several candidates, and if you have some time to burn, going through the list is worthwhile.

Do you agree or disagree with this list? Comment with your thoughts on our list, or tell us from the original who would make your list instead!