lawd-what-a-booty asked: For this ask me anything: A CHALLENGE! Come up with magic mechanic you have never thought of before GO!

affinityforanime:

Um… ok… here goes…

Full party

It’s a threshold-type ability word that gives cards with “full party” a bonus if you control six or more creatures. For example.

Beat Up - (B/R) - Instant

Beat Up deals 1 damage to target creature.

Full party — Beat Up deals 6 damage to that creature instead if you control six or more creatures.

In case you’re wondering, this ability was inspired by Pokemon.

(Hey! To celebrate reaching 1000 followers I’m doing an ask me anything, so ask away!)

kqedscience:

Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year
"Think 9 months of morning sickness and swollen ankles sounds rough?
Imagine being pregnant for 4 years.In a new study published today, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute report a deep-sea octopus that tends its eggs for a mind-numbing 53 months.”
Learn more at KQED Science.
mindblowingscience:

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over 4 years—longer than any known animal

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food.
Every few months for the last 25 years, a team of MBARI researchers led by Bruce Robison has performed surveys of deep-sea animals at a research site in the depths of Monterey Canyon that they call “Midwater 1.” In May 2007, during one of these surveys, the researchers discovered a femaleoctopusclinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface. The octopus, a species known asGraneledone boreopacifica, had not been in this location during their previous dive at this site in April.
Over the next four and one-half years, the researchers dove at this same site 18 times. Each time, they found the same octopus, which they could identify by her distinctive scars, in the same place. As the years passed, her translucenteggsgrew larger and the researchers could see young octopuses developing inside. Over the same period, the female gradually lost weight and her skin became loose and pale.
The researchers never saw the female leave her eggs or eat anything. She did not even show interest in small crabs and shrimp that crawled or swam by, as long as they did not bother her eggs.
The last time the researchers saw the brooding octopus was in September 2011. When they returned one month later, they found that the female was gone. As the researchers wrote in a recent paper in the PLOS ONE, “the rock face she had occupied held the tattered remnants of empty egg capsules.”
After counting the remnants of the egg capsules, the researchers estimated that the female octopus had been brooding about 160 eggs.

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s-c-i-guy:

Cuttlefish Remember What, Where and When They Ate

In 1998, Nicky Clayton from the University of Cambridge published the first of many seminal experiments with western scrub-jays, showing that they can remember where they had stored food and which hoards were freshest. In other words, these bird brains also have episodic-like memories. We say “episodic-like” since we can’t really know if the animals store their what-where-when information into single coherent memories in the way that we do. Still, it’s clear that the components are there.

Since then, the episodic-like memory club has grown to include the great apes, rats, hummingbirds, and pigeons. But these are all mammals and birds. Christelle Jozet-Alves from Normandie University wanted to know if the same skills existed in animals that are very different to these usual suspects. She turned to the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis).

Like octopuses and squid, cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) are cephalopods—a group of animals known for their amazing color-changing skin and sophisticated intelligence. Cuttlefish are separated from birds and mammals by almost a billion years of evolution. But Jozet-Alves, together with Clayton and Marion Bertin, has shown that they too can “keep track of what they have eaten, and where and how long ago they ate”.

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