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April 22, 2014

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7:00 PM | Science Friction №24 - Command Your Own Undersea Army The...
Science Friction №24 - Command Your Own Undersea Army The creatures of the ocean could be yours to command, just like Aquaman. Find out what the U.S. Navy and Ukraine are able to train dolphins, sea lions and whales to do. And find out what the military has planned for Sharks! Links to sources. via Science Friction.
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5:30 PM | Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african...
Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african pixie frog. They are one of the largest frog species in the world, second only the goliath frog! These guys are fantastic eaters, snacking on anything that they can fit in their mouth. They are ambush predators and snatch up anything that comes near. Once the prey is inside their mouth, they use their enormous eyes to push the meal down their throat. Yes, they swallow with their eyeballs. via Animal Wonders Montana. Youtube: […]
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3:30 PM | Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing...
Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing powers just like wolverine from X-Men! Well, kinda… via Animalist Network.
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3:00 PM | How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek...
How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek muscles as humans so they can’t sip water like we do. Instead they scoop water with their tongues and make a huge mess in the process! via Animalist Network.
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1:30 PM | Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field...
Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field Museum Research Associate Dr. Mark Westneat, and watch as he amusingly re-enacts how the five types of fins work together to help fish balance their bodies in the water, swim fast, and maneuver accurately. via The Field Museum.
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12:30 PM | Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo...
Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo Shermer and Bryan Watts record the breeding success of eagles during a productivity flight by going from nest to nest and counting the young along the Rappahannock River. via Live Science Videos.

April 21, 2014

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7:00 PM | Rare turtle cruises over reef, snacks on a jelly Hawksbill...
Rare turtle cruises over reef, snacks on a jelly Hawksbill turtles might be critically endangered, but they’re thriving on this reef off Thailand’s coast. This youngster casually cruises through his underwater neighbourhood before finding a jellyfish snack. And when dinner is done, he becomes just a little infatuated with his reflection in the camera lens, forcing cameraman Stewart Whitfield to retreat. via Earth Touch.
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4:00 PM | New Technology Could End Animal Testing A new technology...
New Technology Could End Animal Testing A new technology developed called chemosynthetic livers could function as a way for scientists to test out new drugs without having to test it on real animals. via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from...
Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from hell? It’s a new Dinosaur! via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | Spring Science: Calling All Animal Lovers
Bunnies and chicks remind us that spring is here! No matter what sort of animals you have in your household, Science Buddies has a menagerie of Project Ideas for you to try. By Kim Mullin Learning from Your Pet Your...

April 20, 2014

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3:00 PM | Top 3 Worst Animal Parents Some animal parents are real jerks....
Top 3 Worst Animal Parents Some animal parents are real jerks. They will pick their favorite offspring while the others are left to die and sometimes they even eat their young! via Animalist.
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12:00 PM | Animals Thrive on Pristine Russian Island Wrangel Island is one...
Animals Thrive on Pristine Russian Island Wrangel Island is one of Russia’s coldest, most remote areas of protected wilderness. Sheltered from human development, the island is home to an abundance of hardy Arctic animal species, from polar bears to foxes and snowy owls. Explore Wrangel Island online in National Geographic magazine:http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/wrangel-island/sides-text VIDEOGRAPHY: Sergey Gorshkov PRODUCER: Spencer Millsap via National Geographic.

April 19, 2014

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4:51 PM | First female “penis” discovered in cave-dwelling insects
Image showing the female penis of N. auroraCredit: Current Biology, Yoshizawa et al.Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: InsectaOrder: PsocopteraFamily: PrionoglarididaeGenus: NeotroglaSpecies: N. aurora, N. curvet and 2 otherThis Thursday, researchers announced that they have discovered several insect species that display the "world's first" known instance of gender-reversed genitalia. In simple words, they have found 4 insect species with female... "penises." and male […]

Yoshizawa, K., Ferreira, R., Kamimura, Y. & Lienhard, C. (2014). Female Penis, Male Vagina, and Their Correlated Evolution in a Cave Insect, Current Biology, DOI:

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April 17, 2014

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5:11 PM | Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have!
Termites and ants are not something you’re likely to pour into a cereal bowl for breakfast or munch with toast and tea, but your ancient […] The post Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have! appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

April 16, 2014

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12:00 PM | Using Pain To Stop Pain
Biology concepts – desensitization, habituation, counter irritation, cautery, heat sensing, pain, chronic, acute, analgesiaGout usually attacks middle-aged men and the big toe joint is a favorite spot. But it can occur anywhere and in anyone. The accretions or urates build up and clog the joint, causng poor function and intense pain, painful enough that even the weight of a sheet on it at night is too much. Usually the acute attacks are far worse, and become less painful gouty arthritisas […]

Andreev YA, Kozlov SA, Korolkova YV, Dyachenko IA, Bondarenko DA, Skobtsov DI, Murashev AN, Kotova PD, Rogachevskaja OA, Kabanova NV & Kolesnikov SS (2013). Polypeptide modulators of TRPV1 produce analgesia without hyperthermia., Marine drugs, 11 (12) 5100-15. PMID:

Tobaldini G, de Siqueira BA, Lima MM, Tambeli CH & Fischer L (2014). Ascending nociceptive control contributes to the anti-nociceptive effect of acupuncture in a rat model of acute pain., The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society, PMID:

Lee MG, Huh BK, Choi SS, Lee DK, Lim BG & Lee M (2012). The effect of epidural resiniferatoxin in the neuropathic pain rat model., Pain physician, 15 (4) 287-96. PMID:

Kelly S, Chapman RJ, Woodhams S, Sagar DR, Turner J, Burston JJ, Bullock C, Paton K, Huang J, Wong A & McWilliams DF (2013). Increased function of pronociceptive TRPV1 at the level of the joint in a rat model of osteoarthritis pain., Annals of the rheumatic diseases, PMID:

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10:13 AM | Tiger sharks: Each to their own diving depth
Despite some broad similarities, the diving behaviour of tiger sharks appears to vary greatly amongst individuals.  Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are one of the top predators in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. These large sharks are known to occupy both coastal and open seas, and can travel over both short and long distances. […]

Vaudo, J., Wetherbee, B., Harvey, G., Nemeth, R., Aming, C., Burnie, N., Howey-Jordan, L. & Shivji, M. (2014). Intraspecific variation in vertical habitat use by tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in the western North Atlantic, Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

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April 15, 2014

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6:30 PM | Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave The nymphs of...
Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave The nymphs of feather-legged assassin bugs are the only predators known that encourage their prey to physically attack them first. Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25240#.U00BrlcU9xM via New Scientist Video.
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5:30 PM | Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?! Why are blue eggs blue, and what does...
Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?! Why are blue eggs blue, and what does a retrovirus do? Original Paper Here:http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0071393#pone.0071393-Gorchein1 Sound effects used with a CC license, found at:http://www.freesound.org/people/joshenanigans/sounds/128902/ via Alex Dainis. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BiteSciZed Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexDainis Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+bitescized/posts
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4:00 PM | Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games A recent study has shown that...
Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games A recent study has shown that certain chimpanzees can play a video as well as, or better than humans! via Animalist.
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3:30 PM | Weirdest Animal Sex Some animals have the weirdest mating...
Weirdest Animal Sex Some animals have the weirdest mating rituals that include vomiting, biting the male’s penis off, and even dying right after fertilization! via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | Why Do Whales Breach? We take a look at why real whales breach....
Why Do Whales Breach? We take a look at why real whales breach. Surprisingly, it may be for the same reason we imitate it! via Animalist.
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2:30 PM | The case of the vanishing honeybees In the past decade, the US...
The case of the vanishing honeybees In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way — by pollinating our nation’s crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honeybees-emma-bryce Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation […]

April 14, 2014

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5:30 PM | Elusive Baby Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity We don’t...
Elusive Baby Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity We don’t know that much about young Caribbean Dwarf octopuses, due to their fragility (they frequently die in captivity) and their elusiveness.. Now, scientists’ knowledge of the cephalopods should get a shot in the arm, because 50 baby octopuses hatched in an aquarium…fully formed. Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) discuss the unusual octopods. Read more: […]
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3:00 PM | Why Are There No Snakes In Ireland? Saint Patrick was actually...
Why Are There No Snakes In Ireland? Saint Patrick was actually the saint who banished all snakes from Ireland. There are no wild snakes in Ireland to this day! via Animalist.

April 12, 2014

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10:00 PM | 3 Weird Frog Discoveries! Frogs can vary in size, shape, and...
3 Weird Frog Discoveries! Frogs can vary in size, shape, and color. These fascinating creatures are also extremely important to the biosphere of our planet! From birthing offspring in their stomach to finding a frog smaller than a dime, join Trace as he discusses three recent weird frog discoveries! via DNews Channel.
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7:20 PM | Did you know a fly can taste through it’s...
Did you know a fly can taste through it’s feet? Micro-Science takes you beyond the reach of your very own eyes to reveal the tiny details you won’t believe are there. via Earth Unplugged. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EarthUnplugged Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthunplugged Google+: http://goo.gl/RKq6q
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5:20 PM | The Science of Dancing Animals Yes, really. You’ve seen...
The Science of Dancing Animals Yes, really. You’ve seen animals swaying and rocking to music in online videos, but can they truly dance on their own to different kinds of music? This means no human intervention, training, or mimicry- the rhythmic moving must be autonomous. The list gets narrowed down by a lot, but experiments showed that 2 species seem to be able to dance. Why? What purpose does dancing even actually serve? Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) […]
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3:20 PM | Take a Journey Inside The Mind of An Animal Virginia...
Take a Journey Inside The Mind of An Animal Virginia Morell’s new book Animal Wise takes you on a journey inside the mind of all different kinds of animals. The research in the book shows that animals are conscious, have emotions, and can even plan for the future! via Animalist Network.
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8:45 AM | True facts about the owl | video | @GrrlScientist
Just in time for caturday! A lovely and humourous video about owls and of course, a story about one of my favourite owl species.Yep, it's caturday once again so you know what that means: it's time for an animal video! Continue reading...

April 11, 2014

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10:40 PM | Turtle surgery, octopus births & a monster croc Good news:...
Turtle surgery, octopus births & a monster croc Good news: no more orangutan shows at Universal Studios. Bad news: Cincinatti Zoo has lost a rare Sumatran rhino. Add monster croc relocations, pioneering tumour treatments for turtles and a death-defying pigeon and that’s your roundup of the week’s nature news. via Earth Touch.
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