I've been somewhat following the goings-on of the Encyclopedia of Life, the techie scientists' dream of cataloguing every specie on earth and having having that information open to the public via internet. There are anywhere from 5-100 million species on earth, yet only 1.8 million have been classified. EoL estimates it will take ten years just to get information on these species online. This will be the first ever fully compiled list.
EoL reached its 10 million page mark in November, I am proud to report. I'm not sure how many species that is, exactly.
It's fun to go to the site every now and again, especially to look at some of the weird animal headlines such as my favorites below.
Video of Squid with Elbows captured off oil-rig -- features pics of other rare animals
Jellyfish Shut Down Nuclear Reactor at Diablo Canyon -- appears this has happened at other site in the past, including Japan and Sweden
Deepist Living Fish Filmed in the Japan Trench