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sea lion
Understanding A Sea Lion's Surprising Ability To Dance To Music [VIDEO]
Feb 16, 2014 18:27 PM E
Ronan, the sea lion that became an internet sensation for dancing to the Backstreet Boys, has caused researchers to ask many questions about animals' ability to respond to music.
knifefish
A Robotic Fish Designed To Mimic Abilities Of Amazonian Electric Knifefish
Feb 16, 2014 17:16 PM E
The Amazon's black ghost knifefish is able to swim in many different directions with the help of a special fin. It's also able to use a self-generated electric field to sense its surroundings. Now, researchers are trying to develop a robotic fish that's able to mimic these abilities.
plastic bags fuel
Plastic Shopping Bags Can Be Converted Into Fuel And Other Petroleum Products, Researchers Say
Feb 14, 2014 18:39 PM E
Plastic bags may run your car one day. Researchers from the University of Illinois have created a method for converting plastic bags into diesel, gas and other petroleum products like engine oil. The method, called pyrolysis, consumes far less energy than it produces, making it a viable fuel solution.
termite robots
Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Crews Build Complex Structures Without A 'Foreman'
Feb 13, 2014 18:00 PM E
Harvard scientists have created a robotic system inspired by certain termites' methods for building large structures. Harvard's TERMES robots are able to build big, complex structures without a central controller or blueprint. Instead, the robots are able to tell what work their robot counterparts have done on the structure and then build on that.
Ants
'Crazy Ants' Rapidly Replacing Fire Ants By Surviving Normally Deadly Venom
Feb 13, 2014 17:44 PM E
When stung, crazy ants secrets formic acid that protect them from fire ant's toxic venom.
Corvette sinkhole
Corvette Sinkhole: 8 Rare Cars Swallowed Up By 40-Foot Hole Inside Kentucky Museum [VIDEO]
Feb 13, 2014 13:38 PM E
A sinkhole swallowed eight pricey Corvettes at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. No one was injured in the sinkhole collapse. The level of damage to the eight rare Corvettes isn't yet known. South central Kentucky has a karst landscape, which makes the area susceptible to sinkholes.
wooly mammoth
Construction Workers Unearth Wooly Mammoth Tusk In Downtown Seattle
Feb 12, 2014 19:11 PM E
A wooly mammoth tusk was discovered at a Seattle construction site yesterday. The mammoth tusk was found on private property, so its fate is at yet unknown. The Burke Museum, which is "confident" that the tusk is an authentic mammoth fossil, hopes to acquire and display it.
fish fossil
How Did You Get Your Face? Scientists Use Fish Fossils To Explain How Jaws Evolved
Feb 12, 2014 18:00 PM E
Scientists in France and Sweden used fossilized fish to explain how humans and other vertebrates evolved from being jaw-less to jawed.
Bees plastic
Urban Bees Repurpose Plastic Bags And Sealants To Build Their Hives
Feb 12, 2014 15:16 PM E
Two bee species in Canada use plastic in building their hives, according to a study published in Ecosphere. The species, Megachile campanulae and Megachile rotundata, use bits of plastic bags and building sealants like window caulking to build up to 25 percent of individual hives. “There had been anecdotal evidence of bees using plastics in their...
Beetle
New Beetle Species Named After Both Charles Darwin and David Sedaris
Feb 12, 2014 09:04 AM E
Charles Darwin discovered a new species of rove beetle in 1832, but the specimen was lost to science. Now, more than 180 years later, a University of Tennessee entomologist describes and names the beetle in a new paper.
Burgess Shale
Newly Discovered New Burgess Shale Site In Canada’s Kootenay National Park May Be Most Important Fossil Site In Decades
Feb 11, 2014 18:37 PM E
A new, "epic" fossil site has been discovered in Kootenay National Park, a sprawling reserve located in the Canadian Rockies.
crocodile
Crocodiles Climb Trees To Bask In The Sun, Keep An Eye On Prey And Predators
Feb 11, 2014 15:11 PM E
Crocodiles can climb trees all the way up the a tree's crown, according to a study published in Herpetology Notes. Researchers from the University of Tennessee found that four croc species—Australian freshwater crocodiles, American crocodiles, Central African slender-snouted crocodiles and Nile crocodiles—could climb trees.
pest control
Third World Crop Pest: As Invasive Species Threatens Production, Harvest Destruction Goes Underreported
Feb 11, 2014 11:44 AM E
Crop pests and diseases are severely underreported in developing countries, which could undermine efforts to promote food production. New research shows that if every country were as wealthy as the United States, the average number of invasive insects and pathogens would increase by 200.
Marius the Giraffe
Danish Zoo Kills Healthy Giraffe And Feeds It To Lions To Prevent Inbreeding, Promote Education
Feb 10, 2014 11:25 AM E
The Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy, 2-year-old giraffe called Marius because its genes were not diverse enough from the rest of the captive giraffe population. Worldwide reaction was fierce and swift.
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