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The Physics Behind Why Cats Always Land On Their Feet (Video)
Almost everyone knows that cats have an extraordinary ability to land on their feet, even if they start out upside down. But how are they actually able to do this? Destin, founder of the popular youtube channel SmarterEveryDay, recently broke down the science behind how cats are seemingly able to always land on their feet. He posed the following question: How does a cat go from feet up to feet down in a falling reference frame without violating the conservation of angular […]
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Behold Alien Horror as a Spear Mantis Impales a Fish in Slow Motion
Hiding in sandy burrows, mantis shrimp wait patiently—and then, with lightning-fast motion, grab passing prey with long, skinny appendages. "Like Predator and Alien rolled into one," says Jamie Seymour, a James Cook University biologist who made this new video with Emmy Award-winning cameraman Richard Fitzpatrick.Read more...
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More Than A Third of Germany’s Wild Boars Are Highly Radioactive
On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (which was part of the Soviet Union at the time) released massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Helped along by wind and rain, these particles quickly spread all across Europe, reaching as far west as Spain and France. Now, 28 years later, the lasting effects of this nuclear disaster are still very evident. Wild boars are fairly common throughout Germany, and are […]
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Sex Geckos Died in Orbit, Probably Didn't Have Sex
It was shaping up to be the ultimate story of horny reptiles, space adventure and high drama. But sadly for the Russian 'gecko sex' space experiment, the story has a very definite anticlimax. Continue reading →
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A Virtual Walk in the Woods, Courtesy of CBS and BioBlitz
Families across the United States got a glimpse of the world of BioBlitz this weekend as CBS Sunday Morning took viewers into this year's exploration of San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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Severed Snake Heads Can Still Deliver a Fatal Bite
Venomous snakes are scary when they're alive, but there's also reason to fear the fanged creatures after they're dead, a recent news report suggests.
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An Expedition for Everyone: Open Data in the Okavango
By their nature, expeditions are dangerous. Wild animals, treacherous terrain, painful labor—a lot is risked in sending groups of people into the extreme. So why do we do it? Historically, the answer has been one of two things: for money, or for measurement. In the first case, expeditions might have brought back tonnes of ivory,…
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The passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller | review | @GrrlScientist
Written by an artist and authority on extinct species, this book shares rare photographs and other visual materials to provide a general overview to the history of the extinct passenger pigeon.Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know. -- Leopold Aldo, A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (1949, 1989. New […]

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