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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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Moderate G2 Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for Today

Both NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.K. Met's Space Weather Operations Centre have issued a G2-Moderate geomagnetic storm watch for April 2, due to the presence of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (or CH HSS) facing the Earth. While this isn't a full coronal mass ejection, coronal holes cause an increase in the...
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Unexplained Bird deaths Continue Across the U.S.A.

Unknown Country has previously reported unexplained mass extinction-style events occurring in fish and other marine life (see Rivers of Death and Silent Seas), but the phenomenon also appears to be spreading to our bird life.

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Birds Dropping Dead Again, This Time in Canada

Once again, birds are mysteriously dropping out of the sky dead, and, as always, the media treats it as if this continuing mystery is happening for the first time. This time, the mystery is unfolding in Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada. Roughly 40 dread grackles were collected last Wednesday and given to the province's chief veterinarian. 20...
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Birds Navigate by Magnets in Their Heads

Every year millions of birds make heroic journeys guided by the earth's magnetic field. How they detect magnetic fields has puzzled scientists for decades. Now biologists have figured out how they do it--they've found tiny magnets inside their ears.

These magnetic cells, called hair cells, are responsible for detecting sound and...
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Cigarette Butts Make a Cozy Nest

At last: Something GOOD about smoking! Birds in Mexico City are lining their nests with cigarette butts they pick up off the street, and scientists have discovered that they repel pests and keep the baby birds warm.

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Birds Falling Out of the Sky

Is this a return to Aflockalypse? It's happened before, and this time it happened along a highway in California: Over 100 dead birds were...
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They Know Who You Are

Crows are mighty smart birds: They share with humans (MOST humans, anyway) the ability to recognize faces and associate them with negative, as well as positive, feelings.

Researchers documented this by having some...
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Smart Birds

Here's something you didn't learn in school: Ravens are smart birds--they can recognize old friends and enemies (even though...
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Fertilizer Company Poisoning Birds

Here's a possible cause of the aflockalypse: The company that makes Scotts Miracle-Gro fertilizer for your lawn could also be killing your songbirds.

Scotts pled guilty to charges that they illegally put insecticides into its "Morning Song" and "Country...
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Aflockalypse Again

Hundreds of dead starlings dropped from the sky in Laurel, Maryland recently. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. This time, the mass deaths are being blamed on everything from...
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Bird Songs Reduce Crime

Police have discovered a way to cut crime: Play bird songs.

Crime has gone down in Lancaster, California ever since the mayor started playing nature sounds--bird chirps, the sound of running water--in the streets. Mayor R. Rex Parris...
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Math REALLY IS for the Birds

We know that the ancestors of birds were dinosaurs, so did these ancient giant creatures walk around counting the leaves on the trees? Because it turns out that some birds--pigeons, to be precise--are excellent at math. When it comes to counting, they match the...
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Birds Can be Bullies Too

Just like humans, birds that are abused when they're young are more likely to become abusers themselves later on.

Adult Nazca boobies, seabirds that live on the Galapagos Islands,...
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Mysterious Alaska Slime Indentified

This isn't the first case of a mysterious goo that we've heard of. This time, the results are as big a mystery as the slime itself. In the Inuit village of Kivalina in Alaska, a strange orange goo was floating on the water.

The next day it rained, and residents found...
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It's for the Birds

Birds are more like us than we realize. They eavesdrop on their neighbors in order to figure out where to build their nests and once, their eggs hatch, they sometime engage in "chick abuse,"...
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Bird Brains from Nuclear Radiation

Talk about aflockalypse! Here's the reason we're scared about radiation from Japanese power plants blowing our way: Even though it's been 25 years since the...
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Bizarre Animal Deaths Still Going On

First it was birds falling out of the sky in Louisiana and Texas. Then hundreds of tiny crabs were found dead on a beach in England. Large numbers of dead fish were found washed up on beaches in Arkansas, Maryland and New...
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Aflockalypse Now

Birds and fish are mysteriously dying all over the world, but they aren't the only creatures this is happening to. There have been mass deaths of cows in Wisconsin and seals in Labrador (and there are probably many...
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MORE Bird Deaths!

First it was redwinged blackbirds falling out of the sky--in two places in the US and also in Sweden. Then it was thousands of dead fish. Now it's doves: A thousand of them have dropped out of the sky in Italy, all...
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Unexplained Animal Deaths Worldwide--Updated with Map

UPDATE: Two million fish died in Chesapeake Bay on December 6. There have now been diebacks reported of birds and fish from the US, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The mystery started when thousands of red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found lying on the ground in a one-mile area in Beebe, a town about 40 miles from Little...
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Mysterious Bird Deaths

First frogs start dying from a mysterious fungus, then bees begin dying off too. Now it's birds...
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Bird Droppings

Bird droppings don't just mess up your car, they can also give you a superbug (which is why you should avoid driving behind trucks carrying chickens).

If birds could talk, they'd tell you to beware of seagulls as well: Migratory seagulls carry antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria to Portuguese islands which are a protected wildlife...

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The Birds & the Bees

(No, not that kind!) In 2003, a massive heat wave struck and killed some 30,000 people in Europe in an area where heat was not considered a major threat. Similar mass die-offs occur in wild birds and some mammals during heat waves, but unlike humans, birds may not be able to take shelter or find fresh water in order to survive devastating heat...

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Birds: Something Strange is Happening

And it's NOT related to the oil spill! - If we could talk to the birds, what would they tell us? They would say, "Help, we're shrinking!" US songbirds are getting smaller, becoming lighter in weight with shorter wings. This has happened in the last 50 years, which leads scientists to conclude that it's a result of climate...

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Crow Conspiracy

Different chat day this week! - It's a bird conspiracy: Those crows you hear cawing every time you go outside may be holding a grudge against you personally. It turns out they recognize individual human faces and hold a grudge for years against anyone who has treated them badly. But if they like you, they may touch you with a...

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They ride the wind! - As spring arrives (slowly in some places), we are starting to see the return of our favorite birds and butterflies. Researchers are studying how these tiny creatures are able to make long-distance migrations for thousands of miles in the fall, then make it all the way back in the spring. It turns out they...

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Bird Flirts

Some feminists wear feathers - It's the time of year when birds are flying south for the winter. Scientists have learned that female birds in species that breed in groups (such as Purple Martins) not only indulge in sex orgies with many different males, they are the feminists of the bird world and can find themselves under...

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How Birds Protect Themselves

In order to avoid the flu, we should all wash our hands often. Birds do the equivalent of this by adding material to their nests that repels germs.

In, Stephan Reebs reports that some birds add bits of strong-smelling plants, such as lavender or mint, to their nests. These may act as pesticides that protect the...

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