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Mastodon Tooth Shows Up In Donation Box; Michigan Charity Clueless To Source
Oct 10, 2013 17:45 PM E
A mastodon tooth showed up at the Grand Rapids, Mich., charity In The Image. No one is sure how the lacquered mastodon tooth ended up in the donation box. The mastodon tooth is at least 10,000 years old.
alpine swift
Alpine Swifts, Migrating Birds, Can Stay In Flight For 6 Months At A Time
Oct 09, 2013 16:03 PM E
Alpine swifts can stay in the air for more than six months at a time during migration, according to a study published in the journal Nature. Swiss researchers were "totally blown away" to find that the birds can go for such a long time without touching land. The birds eat aerial plankton as they fly, bits of fungus, insects and other small bits.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Mass Dolphin Deaths Caused By Human Activity: How We May Be Compromising Immune Systems Of Marine Mammals
Oct 09, 2013 15:33 PM E
Scientists suspect morbillivirus is the direct cause of the massive number of dolphin deaths over the past few months, yet human activity, including industrial waste, may be compromising their immune systems.
jellyfish
Why Are Jellyfish Such Good Swimmers? Their 'Vortex' Is The Key, Researchers Say
Oct 08, 2013 20:20 PM E
Jellyfish are efficient swimmers due to a "vortex" that forms after as they move about, giving the creatures a boost without them expending any energy. As a result, jellyfish are some of the most efficient creatures in the ocean.
turtle
Climate Change Causes Turtles To Travel 45 Miles In Search Of New Habitats, Study Finds
Oct 08, 2013 17:35 PM E
Climate change has caused a number of turtles species in North America to leave their areas in search of new habitats, according to a PLoS ONE study that incorporated data from over 300 other studies. Turtle species in the deserts, lakes and temperate forests and grasslands in the Central and Eastern United States have been hit the hardest by climate change.
Foie Gras
Amazon UK Bans Foie Gras; France Protests, Claiming 'Real Product Quality' And Respect For 'Animal's Well-Being'
Oct 08, 2013 17:17 PM E
Britons overseas will no longer be able to purchase foie gras — the surprisingly low-carb French delicacy made from the liver of a fattened goose or duck — from the online retailer Amazon UK.
angry cat
Some Cats Become Stressed By Petting And Stroking, Study Suggests
Oct 08, 2013 12:18 PM E
Not all cats like being stroked, say researchers in a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. In the study, some cats had elevated stress levels while being pet or stroked. David Mills, a co-author of the study, titled "Are cats (Felis catus) from multi-cat households more stressed? Evidence from assessment of fecal glucocorticoi...
pufferfish circles
Pufferfish Are Behind The Mysterious 'Underwater Crop Circles' First Seen in 1995 [STUDY]
Oct 07, 2013 18:50 PM E
The mystery behind underwater "crop circles" first seen in Japan in 1995 has been solved. Male pufferfish create the creative patterns to woo females, who are attracted to the patterns, for reasons unknown.
Fall Leaves
Why Leaves Change Colors In The Autumn, And Why Humans Obsess Over Fall Foliage
Oct 07, 2013 16:27 PM E
What causes the beautiful change in scenery that occurs in the autumn? Why is it that leaves that are normally green in the spring and summer transform to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall?
lizard forest
‘Extinct’ Pinocchio Lizard Reemerges In Ecuador’s Cloud Forest [VIDEO]
Oct 06, 2013 12:55 PM E
The Pinocchio lizard, a species of anole lizard previously thought to be extinct, recently made an appearance in the cloud forests of northwest Ecuador.
Walruses Near the Atlantic
Tens Of Thousands Walruses Huddle On Remote Island Near Alaska Due To Lack Of Sea Ice
Oct 04, 2013 19:38 PM E
As thousands of walruses “haul out” to land, experts wonder whether the phenomenon is linked to climate change.
stink bug
Stink Bugs 2013: Mid-Atlantic Hit Worst As Cool Weather Drives Insect Invasion Into Homes
Oct 04, 2013 10:27 AM E
Stink bugs are particularly numerous this season, with the invasive species currently entering homes in Mid-Atlantic states. Stink bugs are difficult to repel or keep out of homes, and no indoor pesticide is completely effective against them. No natural predators prey on stink bugs in the United States.
Rain on a Windshield
Tropical Storm Karen Expected To Hit Gulf Coast Saturday; Louisiana In "State Of Emergency"
Oct 03, 2013 19:23 PM E
A hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Louisiana and the Florida panhandle as Tropical Storm Karen makes its way north from Cuba.
jellyfish
Jellyfish-Shredding Robot Eliminates 2000 Pounds Of Jellyfish An Hour [VIDEO]
Oct 03, 2013 17:44 PM E
JEROS, a jellyfish-killing machine developed by South Korean scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, is capable of killing up to 2,000 pounds of jellyfish a minute. Jellyfish populations have exploded worldwide, killing fish and clogging nets. Jellyfish are "a great menace to the oceans ecosystem, which leads to d...
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