Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stick Insects & Sticking My Neck Out


Research has revealed a fascinating difference between South and North Island stick insects. South Island females reproduce alone or asexually. Females that breed that way almost always yield female offspring. In a Massey University study of 300 virgin births, only one was male.

Whereas in the North Island females breed by mating with a male. North Island. Apparently they are equally capable of solo reproduction but they do not seem to want to go it alone.

The science fiction possibilities for humans are mind-boggling.


I’ll stick my neck out and make a political prediction. That after the next general election there’ll be no Green party in Parliament and New Zealand First will be back.

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