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Are Ravens Smarter than We Thought--Maybe MUCH Smarter??

In the entirety of the animal kingdom, humanity has never held a monopoly on intelligence: considering that the concept of intelligence boils down to the ability to gather and usefully process information, this means that virtually all creatures possess at least some degree of intelligence. Humans tend to stand apart in this regard, due to the...
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We Are Losing Our Wildlife - Half Of All Species Lost During Past 40 Years

Twelve months ago, a study revealed a shocking decline in the global populations of so-called "priority species" creatures. The evidence suggested a 58 per cent drop in 210 key species during the forty year period between 1970 and 2010, with seven per cent being lost within the past five years.

It seems that the decline is...
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Weekender: Quantum Biology? Scientists Discover Amazing Quantum Processes At Work In Nature

The "interconnectedness of all things" is a notion embraced by the spiritual community and, more recently, by science in the field of quantum mechanics.

This area of research is still regarded as largely theoretical by the scientific community, however, unlike the "nuts and bolts" science that focuses on improving...
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Weekender: Should Animals Gain Judicial Rights?

We do not have to look far in our immediate environments to find an example of an animal who is being confined, suppressed, or treated as a commodity. Despite a constantly increasing awareness of animal rights, they are still regarded as "lesser beings" when compared to the human race.
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Science Develops Method of Communicating with Animals

In recent years, researchers have been exploring methods of interacting with animals in an attempt to understand how they really feel about their lives.

Dr. Ian Duncan, emeritus chair in animal welfare at the University of Guelph, Canada, claims to have developed a system that allows him to ask questions of and receive answers from...
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More new species found including dolphins and a "purring monkey"

More new species found including dolphins and a "purring monkey"

 Following the discovery of a 'Lost world' full of unknown species in an unexplored Australian rainforest last week, a team of researchers working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and numerous other groups have found a species of humpback dolphin previously unknown to science swimming in the...
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Animals Make Their Own Medicine

It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases, in order to alleviate their pain (NOTE: Subscribers can till listen to this story, as...
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What We've Learned (and Keep Learning) from Nature

Nature is the original "inventor"--Nature's designs are giving researchers ideas for new technologies that could help wounds heal, make injections less painful and provide new materials for a variety of purposes.

Velcro was inspired by the grappling hooks of burrs. Supersonic jets have structures that work like the nostrils...
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Chimp Depravity

Animals can be as depraved as humans--they can even watch porn. When Gina, a female chimpanzee at the Seville Zoo in Spain, was given a TV set, she began to watch pornography almost constantly.

In the...
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It's a Bigger World Than We Think

Biologists now think that that tiny creatures--from worms to insects--are much more important to the health of our planet than they seem to be. In fact, the fate of all life (including us!) may depend on them.

In the November 10th edition of the Observer, John Vidal quotes...
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When Animals Speak to US

We know that animals talk to EACH OTHER, but lately, they've started talking to US (and they're speaking our language as well!)

Elephants can communicate with each other, using sounds too high-...
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Wild Animals in Your Backyard

There are WILD animals lurking in hidden places in manicured suburbs. This year, Princeton, New Jersey hired sharpshooters to cull 250 deer from the town's herd of 550 at a cost of almost $60,000.

Columbia, South Carolina is spending $1 million to get rid of beavers and their dams in their drainage systems. After a small dog had to...
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Can Animals Outrun Climate change?

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere's mammals are unlikely to outrun climate change.

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9% of the Western Hemisphere's mammals, and as much as 40% in certain regions, because the animals just won't move...
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Teachers are Changing Their Local Ecologies

They're not doing it by talking to their students about climate change in their classrooms, they're doing it at the END of the school year, by releasing the exotic pets they're kept in their science labs all year. Since most of these creatures are not native to the area where they're "...
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Dead Seals--An Ominous Sign?

The flu can jump from animals to humans. A new strain of flu has emerged four times in the past 100 years. The one that emerged in 1918 killed 50 million people, which is why scientists watch these new flu strains so carefully.

Last fall, over 150 harbor...
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We Catch Diseases from Animals

A group of researchers are taking blood and nose and throat swabs from bighorn sheep--not to see if they have the flu, but to find out if they have a disease which could be transmitted to HUMANS.
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Animals on the Move!

While in some cases, climate change is causing animals to locate to new places, it's mostly regular migration: Every fall, tiny hummingbirds face high winds and bad weather to migrate from Canada and the northern United States to as far south as Mexico, then back again in the spring--an...
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Don't Pet That Armadillo

Humans are tough on animals, but sometimes they fight back. Nature isn't always benign: Some critters can be dangerous. You know you should avoid poisonous snakes, but did you know...
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Animals Under Pressure are Learning to Defend Themselves

Our animals are becoming so beleaguered that they are learning techniques of self defense. For instance, fish are learning how to locate (and thus avoid) Dead zones. These have...
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Yet Another Species is Under Stress--Penguins!

First it was birds, then bees and bats, then dolphins and whales and other...
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Game Parks Don't Save Animals

Long-term declines of elephants, giraffes and other animals in Kenya are occurring at the same rates inside the country's national parks as outside of these protected areas.

Biologist David Western says, "This is the first time we've taken a good look at a national park system in one country, relative to all of the wildlife populations...

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Animal Morality

Biologists who study animal behavior are becoming convinced that all mammals have a moral code of conduct, not just primates (like us) and more advanced species. Anne Strieber can attest to this! And why have some animals traditionally become tamed, while others haven't. It turns out our pets have a "tameness" gene.

US ecologist Marc...

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Dangerous Diseases from Other Species

SARS and bird flu aren't the only diseases that humans can catch from animals. Between 2,000 and 2,005, around 50 million people caught diseases from animals such as dogs, cattle, chickens and mosquitoes, and almost 80,000 of them died. Sometimes animals pass diseases between species. And it works both ways: some HUMAN diseases are killing...

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Animal Minds

When your dog gets sick, you take him to the vet, where he's given some medicine. But the drugs your dog is taking could be sensed by other dogs, and since dogs are pack animals that rely on their noses, this could turn him into a social outcast. In order to prevent this, we need to understand how animals think.

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Long ago, our ancestors may have become human to get away from snakes. They may have left the water in order get away from poisonous fish! There are actually more poisonous fish than poisonous snakes. Biologists have now identified 1,200 species of venomous fish (there are also over 1,500 types of poisonous lizards).

Robert Roy Britt...

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Tongue Studies

The soldier of the future will be a robot?or a man-machine, anyway. Maybe the rest of us will be too. The military is looking for ways to send signals directly to a soldier's brain, without having to go through another human being. They've discovered a unexpected direct route to the brain: the human tongue.

Researchers at the Florida...

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Why Monsters are Rare

We recently put up a series of stories on the science behind the remake of the film King Kong. It turns out that there is a limit to how large?and thus how dangerous?mammals can become.

Seth Shostak writes in that huge, unknown creatures are still being discovered here on Earth. As recently as 2004, Japanese researchers...

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Elephants Honor Their Dead

Legends said that African elephants could mysteriously communicate with each other across huge stretches of land. Now it's been discovered that this is true?they do it by stamping their gigantic feet on the ground, setting off vibrations. There's long been another legend that elephants return to the sites where their ancestors were killed,...

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Wild Animals Will Roam US Again

If a Cornell University researcher has his way, cheetahs, lions, elephants, camels and other large wild animals may soon roam parts of North America. But wait, you may say, cheetahs, lions and elephants aren't native to the US! But their ancient ANCESTORS were, so there's no reason these animals can't live here again.

"If we only have 10...

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Jaws May Lead to End of Sharks

Newswise - A recent shark attack left a young fisherman,who was standing in the ocean fishing with live bait, withone leg missing. Despite this, biologists insist that sharksare not nearly as dangerous as they seem and that thethriller Jaws gave them a bad reptuation that doesn't fitthe facts. Shark expert George Burgess says...

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