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Why Elephants Rarely get Cancer

By: Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Arizona State University, and including researchers from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, may have found the answer. According to the results, […]

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The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

By: The free-living dolphins of the Bahamas had come to know researcher Denise Herzing and her team very well. For decades, at the start of each four-month-long field season, the dolphins would give the returning humans a joyous reception: “a reunion of friends,” as Herzing described it. But one year the creatures behaved differently. […]

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The Secrets of Cetacean Communication Revealed

By: [youtube] In 1966 military sound engineer Frank Watlington heard something weird while recording underwater explosions. Whale song. Frank passed the recordings off to biologist Roger Payne. After a few listenings, he discovered these weren’t random sounds but complex vocalizations by creatures possibly as smart as humans. Recordings weren’t the only data Payne […]

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Why Cats Were Hated in Medieval Europe

By: Cats in medieval Europe mostly had a bad reputation – they were associated with witches and heretics, and it was believed that the devil could transform himself into a black cat. In her article, “Heretical Cats: Animal Symbolism in Religious Discourse,” Irina Metzler looks at how this view of felines emerged. Cats filled […]

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See This Delicate Jellyfish 3D Printed in Self-Healing Gel

By: [youtube] You can print wild designs using a 3D printer—shapes you couldn’t make any other way. But 3D printing is also still in thrall to the laws of physics. To date, 3D printed structures made in metal or plastic need to support themselves as they’re built. Each layer must harden before the […]

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Fossil Pigment Reveals Color of Ancient Mammals

By: Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute have just determined the original color of an extinct mammal, specifically two species of prehistoric bats that lived along a lake in the middle of a tropical forest that once existed in Germany. By studying microscopic structures in the 49 million year […]

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An Explorer of Life’s Deepest Partnerships

By: Two years ago, Nancy Moran moved from Yale University to the University of Texas, Austin, along with 120,000 bees. Bees are famous for living in large social groups, but Moran was interested in more than just the hive: She’s delving into the diverse ecosystem of bacteria that evolved along with the bees, a […]

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Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

By: Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species? These are some of the questions explored in science writer Maura O’Connor’s new book, Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction And The Precarious […]

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Harvard Finds Pesticide in 70% of Honey Samples Tested

By: The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) issue you keep hearing about (the phenomenon that is killing our bees and butterflies), well it just got real again with a study from Harvard. The study shows that 70% of honey samples collected in Massachusetts contain at least one neonicotinoid, the pesticide class that biotech companies say […]

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The Chicken that Lived for 18 Months Without a Head

By: Seventy years ago, a farmer beheaded a chicken in Colorado, and it refused to die. Mike, as the bird became known, survived for 18 months and became famous. But how did he live without a head for so long, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. On 10 September 1945 Lloyd Olsen and his wife Clara were […]

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Ants Are as Effective as Pesticides

By: A new scientific review from Aarhus University shows that when farmers use ants as pest controllers, it is just as effective as using chemicals. In addition, the method is sustainable – and far cheaper. As the global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Ecologists […]

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Starfish-Killing Robot Close to Trials on Great Barrier Reef

By: An autonomous starfish-killing robot is close to being ready for trials on the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Crown-of-thorns starfish have have been described as a significant threat to coral. The Cotsbot robot, which has a vision system, is designed to seek out starfish and give them a lethal injection. After it eradicates […]

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Fossils Show Big Bug Ruled the Seas 460 Million Years Ago

By: Earth’s first big predatory monster was a weird water bug, newly found fossils show. Almost half a billion years ago, Earth’s dominant large predator was a sea scorpion that grew to 5 feet 7 inches, or 170 centimetres, with a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head, according to a new study. Scientists […]

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Rare Nautilus Sighted for the First Time in Three Decades

By: In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn’t seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers one of the world’s rarest animals, a remote encounter that may become even more infrequent if […]

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Chimpanzees and Monkeys Have Entered the Stone Age

By: We think of the Stone Age as something that early humans lived through. But we are not the only species that has invented it n the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools. It’s not the workmanship that makes […]

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Tentacles that Think

By: Almost all intelligent creatures, be they parrots, sharks or human beings, are vertebrates. This is inconvenient for anyone trying to understand the nature of intelligence because it means, by and large, that he can study only how it has developed down a single evolutionary path. But there is an important exception. Molluscs branched […]

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Real-Life Jaws Would Eat Spielberg’s “Jaws” in Seconds

By: A 4-meter long tiger shark was recently caught off the Tweeds Head coast in New South Wales, Australia after, get this, swallowing a six-foot hammerhead shark that was being reeled in by a fisherman. The fisherman, who wished to only go by the name Matthew, told Northern Star, “I was fighting the hammerhead […]

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