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Sea Lions’ Whiskers are Sensitive, Dynamic
You know the classic circus trick of a sea lion balancing a ball on its nose? It turns out whiskers are the key to making it work. Researchers filmed sea lions to investigate whether they use whisker control to coordinate ball balancing. See what they found in my latest Zoologic post: Sensitive Sea Lion Whiskers Get the Job Done .
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Bats: Wonders of the Night To see all the great bat action,...
Bats: Wonders of the Night To see all the great bat action, please watch in HD! Visit Bat Conservation International to learn more about these amazing species and what we can do to protect them: http://batcon.org/ Uploaded by: It’s Okay To Be Smart.
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Half of Our Planet's Wildlife Is Gone. Here's Why.
"In less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half." That's the startling conclusion offered by the World Wildlife Foundation, as they release their biennial "Living Planet Report." But what does that mean?Read more...
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Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room
Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such […]
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5 Weird Lobster Facts Lobsters are pretty strange animals. But...
5 Weird Lobster Facts Lobsters are pretty strange animals. But just how strange, exactly? Special thanks to Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with the remote video shoot. Uploaded by: HowStuffWorks.
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What Encourages People to Walk Their Dog?
And is dog-walking a good way to persuade people to take more exercise?Photo: Monkey Business Images / ShutterstockWe know that most people do not get the 150 minutes of exercise per week that is recommended. Could encouraging people to walk their dogs more often help, and if so, how best to go about it? A new paper by Carri Westgarth et al (2014) of the University of Liverpool reviews the state of current research.Although to some dog owners a daily walk is an essential part of the routine, […]

Cutt, H., Giles-Corti, B. & Knuiman, M. (2008). Encouraging physical activity through dog walking: Why don't some owners walk with their dog?, Preventive Medicine, 46 (2) 120-126. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.08.015

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. & Christian, H. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (1) 83. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-83

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Separated at Birth? Sabertooth Cat and a Can Opener
What do a sabertooth cat and a can opener have in common? A lot, according to new research. Continue reading →
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35,000 Walruses Gather Onshore in Northwest Alaska
With ice sheets already melted, the tens of thousands of animals seek a place to rest between dives for food.

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