Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About #53

I love a story about the rediscovery of a species that had been considered extinct. Usually those discoveries don’t happen because a farmer catches a long lost animal in a trap, but that’s exactly how the Australian spotted-tailed quoll was found last month.

A small brown animal with white spots that looks like a fat weasel, snarls at observers from inside a wire mesh cage.
Spotted tailed quoll in a trap. Photo by Pao Ling Tsai via ABC News.

People overwintering in Antarctica have begun to develop a new accent, providing a unique opportunity for linguists.

Two red buildings and a number of communications towers sit on the edge of the ocean surrounded by snow covered mountains.
The isolation of an Antarctic research station provides the perfect conditions for new accents to develop. Gary Bembridge, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I can’t say that I ever wanted to detach the rooms of my house, but this futuristic house looks pretty cool.