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What animals do when they don't know we're watching
If you’ve ever wondered how animals behave when humans aren’t watching, “Spy in the Wild” offers a unique glimpse into the natural world. The 5-part PBS Nature mini-series turns a unique lens on wildlife...
Are solar storms causing mysterious whale beachings?
Why do otherwise healthy sea creatures end up stranded along coastal areas around the world? NASA scientists are searching for the answer.Whales, dolphins and porpoises — known collectively as cetaceans —...
Ancient "naked" worm "one of the oddest" ever found
About 500 million years ago, a squishy, thumb-size sea creature did a little dance — waving its upper limbs around in the ocean in a never-ending attempt to ensnarl some tasty morsels floating by.An illustration...
Discovery of new fossil from half billion years ago sheds light on life on Earth
A new species of fossil has been discovered that will shed light on early animal ecosystems. Investigators discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from western...
Scientists switch on predatory kill instinct in mice
Researchers have isolated the brain circuitry that coordinates predatory hunting, according to a new study. One set of neurons in the amygdala, the brain's center of emotion and motivation, cues the animal...
Are pets getting better medical care than humans?
In the prosthetics world in particular, veterinary surgeries are making huge strides and, in some cases, human surgeries could be falling behind.Dr Ignacio Calvo, senior lecturer in small animal orthopaedics...
Snake ‘surfs’ up on to Queensland beach
The Eastern brown snake being caught by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 on Maroochydore Beach. A HIGHLY-VENOMOUS snake has been caught on a Sunshine Coast beach after seemingly surfing through the waves...
Activists Demand Freedom for Pizza, World’s Saddest Polar Bear
The international campaign to free what is dubbed the world’s saddest polar bear, Pizza, is turning a new chapter. Some 50 animal welfare groups across China have joined forces to call on local authorities...
Endangered Cuban solenodon evolved after the extinction of dinosaurs
The Caribbean islands form a natural laboratory for the study of evolution due to their unique biological and geological features. There has been heated discussion since the early 20th century on how species...
Flood-hit elephant that travelled 1700km dies
The tranquillised wild elephant lies on the ground after being pulled from a pond by Bangladesh forest officials and villagers in the Jamalpur district, some 150km north of capital Dhaka. AN ELEPHANT thought...
Animal shelter asks Pokemon Go players to walk its dogs
What’s better than playing Pokemon Go? Taking a dog in need along for the adventure, that’s what.READ MORE: Here’s how Canadians are playing ‘Pokémon Go’An Indiana animal shelter is encouraging Pokemon...
When is an animal a person? Neuroscience tries to set the rules
Awaiting personhoodCyril Ruoso/Minden PicturesBy Aviva RutkinMONKEYS controlling a robotic arm with their thoughts. Chicks born with a bit of quail brain spliced in. Rats with their brains synced to create...
On the trail of a missing elephant with latest surveillance tech
Michael Poliza/National Geographic CreativeBy Debora MacKenzie in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya “Informers heard shots last night. And we lost Annabel’s signal near there.” Frank Pope of Save the Elephants...
Bioactive film improves how implants bond with bone in animal study
Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could...
Outrage after gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo to save child
CINCINNATI -- The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in order to save a child who fell in its enclosure has sparked nationwide outrage.Animal activists have created online petitions and Facebook...
USDA gives biotech company record fine for animal welfare violations
California Department of Food and AgricultureThe USDA will impose a record fine against a company that supplies life science researchers with critical materials. Santa Cruz Biotechnology had been facing...
Enigma in ant communication solved
In many animal species, physical battles and other aggressive acts determine a certain “pecking order.” In the world of ants, fights that involve biting and restraining often determine winners and losers....
When it comes to brains, size doesn’t matter
One of the ravens tested for self-control in the research, giving some major side eye. Lund University Corvid Cognition StationCrows, ravens, and other corvids are sometimes called feathered apes. Like...
Researchers transmit data through animal tissues at HD video rates via ultrasound
Using animal tissue samples, researchers have demonstrated the possibility of real-time video-rate data transmission through tissue for in-body ultrasonic communications with implanted medical devices....
Now for some wheely good news
He may have had a rough start to life, but Wilson is now one happy camper. Source: Justin Lloyd WILSON didn’t have the easiest start to life. When the RSPCA seized the seven-year-old poodle in January...
'Winner-winner' behavior may shape animal hierarchies, study argues
Researchers have developed a behavioral model that explains the complexity and diversity of social hierarchies in ants, and which scientists believe may help us understand the nature of other animal societies...
How Disney created the ludicrously realistic fur of Zootropolis
As you might twig from the title, Disney Animation Studios' latest film Zootropolis (called Zootopia in the US) is set in a world run by animals: elephant ice-cream parlours, mouse mafia, buffalo police...
What you don’t know about your bacon
Celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge pioneered the nose-to-tail food trend in Australia. I’VE ALWAYS loved bacon. Even when I went to see the movie Babe as a kid, it didn’t quell my appetite. But as I got older,...
Mandatory Microchip Law 'To Boost Dog Welfare'
By Sean Dilley, Sky News Reporter A new law which will make it mandatory for owners to microchip their dogs will promote animal welfare and help owners be reunited with lost pets faster, supporters have...
Shocking footage of baby chicks in poultry industry
An Animal Equality investigation into chicken hatcheries shows cruel mistreatment. Courtesy: Animal Equality Disturbing footage of chicks in the early days of their life has shocked social media users....
Leopard mauls six in 10-hour rampage
10-hour rampage ... Leopard enters the Bengaluru school. Picture: Twitter SIX people were mauled by a leopard after it invaded a school in India. Incredible footage shows the big cat strolling along the...
See the brainless 'purple sock' worm scientists found under the sea - CNET
Enlarge ImageI found your missing sock. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute An old mystery has puzzled scientists for almost 60 years. It involves a flat, pinkish, worm-looking creature discovered...
Animals Become Teachers in the Classroom
Most high school science classes rely heavily on books. But as part of an animal science program in Arlington, Virginia, students get actual hands-on experience learning how to care for animals. A number...
Animals Are Teachers in This Virginia Classroom
"Hi," announces a friendly white cockatoo as you enter the animal science laboratory at the only Career Center in Arlington, Virginia. Besides talking birds, there are about 50 species of animals here,...
Scientists successfully revive animal frozen 30 years ago
Scientists have succeeded in bringing a frozen animal back to life after 30 years, it has been reported. Japan's National Institute of Polar Research says that their scientists have succeeded in reviving...
Unveiling of largest dinosaur remains
Age hasn’t wearied David Attenborough. SIR David Attenborough will unveil remains of the largest dinosaur to ever walk the planet on a new BBC program. The famous broadcaster and naturalist will reveal...
Ancient giraffe relative had thick legs, curly horns
The reconstruction of a skeleton of an extinct giraffe-like animal, assumed to be the biggest ruminant mammal ever An ancient relative of the giraffe was a huge, heavy animal with thick legs, a flat face...
Google’s ‘animal sound’ feature to go live tomorrow
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:January 12, 2016 6:35 pm Google has introduced a new feature to Search called animal sounds. Google has introduced a new feature to Search called animal sounds. Animal...
How Tinder ranks its users with a secret 'desirability score'
Tinder data analyst Chris Dumler compared the system to casting a vote, saying every time you swipe right [for yes] or left [for no] on a potential match's profile, you are effectively impacting each...
Human organs grown in animals could be given green light in Britain
There are also concerns that the number of useable organs is dropping because donors are older and less fit. A quarter of organs are now taken from obese patients compared with one in eight a decade ago....
New model to track animal paths from solar geolocators
The ability to track animal movements across long distances has revolutionized our understanding of animal ecology and has been helpful to conservation. Until recently, our ability to record this information...
China’s freaky new food plan
China’s commercial meat will soon be developed in a lab, and soon, so could you. IT’S been less than two decades since Dolly the sheep was cloned and just over two years since humanity first tried a test...
China building world's biggest animal cloning factory
The world's biggest animal cloning center is scheduled to open in the Chinese port city of Tianjin next year, the companies behind it announced.The center is a joint venture between Chinese biotechnology...
Disturbing horse sex trend on the rise
This is the acceptable way to ride a horse. EXPERTS have warned horses are increasingly at risk of sex attacks amid a shock surge in abuse in Switzerland. There were 105 cases of the maltreatment of horses...
Skull of bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh now on display - CNET
The skull of the black bear that served as inspiration for the beloved animal of children's books has been chosen from among 11,000 other animal skulls for display in London, along with a fascinating ...
Researchers sequence genomes of parasite that is actually a 'micro jellyfish'
Left, myxozoan spores from Kudoa iwatai. Each spore is approximately 10 micrometers in width. Right, the jellyfish Aurelia aurita (moon jelly). The bell is approximately 25 centimeters wide or 2,500 times...
This video will melt your heart
This video is seriously adorable! GOSKA is passionate about animals. The Polish woman devotes much of her time to travelling around the world, volunteering at sanctuaries and caring for creatures in need...
Wild: A game of animal survival that stretches off into infinity
If Sony's PlayStation 4 lineup is anything to go by, 2016 will be the year games go to infinity. The headline grabber is No Man's Sky, of course, but for those not keen on space travel, there's another...
Dilophosaurus – less of a frilly, venom-spitting lizard than we thought
When people think of the Mesozoic, most people think of dinosaurs. Rightfully so: dinosaurs were major components of terrestrial ecosystems for almost all of the Mesozoic. Dinosaurs are charismatic; people...
Watch This Rare Black Rhino Give Birth
Howletts Wild Animal Park in Britain is celebrating a new little fairly large addition to its family. Stunning footage obtained by The Telegraph shows a mother black rhinoceros, named Damara,...
Wildlife photography tips
Wildlife photography tips: getting startedWhether you're a wildlife enthusiast, own a pet or make an occasional visit to the zoo, there's no doubt that animals make great photographic subjects. And there...
Raise a Tentacle for Cephalopod Awareness Days
October 8 to 12 marks Cephalopod Awareness Days, a time to appreciate and learn about these fascinating - and often mysterious - aquatic creatures. If you find yourself wondering exactly what a cephalopod...
Fishermen Find Huge, Super Creepy Squid Floating In Hawaiian Waters
It wasn't exactly the catch they expected to bring home. Last week, a group of fishermen off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island stumbled across a 7-foot-long squid floating dead on the ocean surface....
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt: We 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear next to offensive content
Google may not be able to guarantee advertisements won't appear next to offensive content, but it is working on a solution that "can get pretty close," according to Alphabet's executive chairman Eric...
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