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In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions

By: My mind was absorbed by the biochemistry of gene editing when the text messages and Facebook posts distracted me. So sorry about Cecil. Did Cecil live near your place in Zimbabwe? Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an […]

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Our Only Comment on Cecil the ex-Lion

By: Apparently whoever photoshopped this didn’t get the memo: cat lives matter. Gangbangers aspiring rappers whacking one another? Who cares? Think of it as evolution in action. Meanwhile, back in Chicongo, where guns are (mostly) outlawed: This year, they could break 3,000. But who cares? The media ruck and scrum, insulated as they are […]

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Insect-Inspired Artificial Eyes Could Help Drones See

By: n a move to make autonomous flying robots more practical, researchers have developed tiny artificial eyes, inspired by the way insects view the world, to help drones avoid collisions and better navigate confined or cluttered spaces. These tiny eyes—which are being tested on tiny drones—weigh just 2 milligrams, which is 1/1,000th the weight […]

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Anatomy of a Giant

By: A dead sperm whale washed up near Jurong Island recently, marking Singapore’s first sperm whale sighting. Take a closer look at the physeter macrocephalus. Continue for interactive graphic – HERE

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New Technology Inspired by Nature

By: Nature and technology have historically been in conflict with one another. The traditional view of technology is to create unnatural things that empower people to do things that would not be possible through naturally occurring forces. However, the emergence of generative design is re-shaping how designers and inventors view the relationships between nature […]

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Elephants in Angola Have Learned to Navigate Minefields on Their Own

By: You might not think that the world’s heaviest land mammal would be good at avoiding landmines—especially since many mines are activated by weight compression. But US Army researchers are training tame African elephants to detect TNT, the AP reported in March 2015. According to The Economist, the elephants have since proven quite adept […]

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Loch Ness Monster “Most Likely Large Catfish”

By: The Loch Ness monster is most likely a large catfish, according to an expert who has spent 24 years searching for Nessie. Steve Feltham, 52, gave up his home, his job and his girlfriend to move nearer the Scottish loch in pursuit of the legend. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Feltham did not […]

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One Man’s Quest to Save the Most Colossal Fishes on Earth

By: Zeb Hogan was already familiar with the legendary Mekong giant catfish. After all, he’d been studying the beasts, which grow to hundreds and hundreds of pounds, for years. But when a colleague in Thailand phoned him up in 2005 to say that fishermen had hauled a 646-pounder ashore, it seemed…unprecedented. So Hogan, a […]

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Scientists Look to Mosquito Data to Map Spread of Disease

By: Mosquitoes that carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses are more widespread than ever, believe scientists mapping the global spread of the insects. There are no treatments or vaccines for these diseases, so knowing where the mosquitoes that transmit them occur and thrive can help focus research and public health resources, the scientists say. […]

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The Mysterious Wolves of Japan

By: Wolves are among some of the most beautiful and misunderstood animals on the planet. Long surrounded by an air of mystery, myth, and indeed fear, they prowl the landscape of our world’s pristine wildernesses, and can be found in many far-flung locales throughout our planet. One place that many may not think of […]

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Battle of the Deep Sea Monsters: Colossal Squid vs. Giant Toothfish

By: An epic battle occurs in the deep, cold waters of the Antarctic between a giant fish and the largest invertebrate alive, with the victor devouring the loser. These pitched battles happen between the massive Antarctic toothfish and the colossal squid, a new study reveals. Considering they’re possibly the largest cephalopod to have ever […]

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Bees Suffer Dementia Due to Metal Pollution: Aluminum Contamination May be Behind Insect Decline

By: Bees may be declining because they are suffering dementia compared to Alzheimer’s caused by eating large amounts of aluminium. A scientific study found high amounts of aluminium contamination in bees at levels that would cause brain damage in humans. Bees rely on their tiny brains to navigate to flowers to collect pollen and […]

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The Story of the Horse

By: Some 50 million years ago, in the forests of North America, a timid herbivore less than two feet tall browsed for leaves and fruit. This tiny creature is now called eohippus, or “dawn horse,” and by 1.5 million years ago, its ancestors had evolved into what we today recognize as the horse. About […]

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Section of Pipe Involved in California Oil Spill Unearthed

By: A section of pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil into California coastal waters has been removed for analysis. Artealia Gilliard of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said Thursday that the section was extracted and will be wrapped in protective insulation before it is sent to a laboratory in Ohio […]

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