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Animal sociology and compared to humans. Brains. Appendix. Marine life. Elephants. Fatal Bacterias. Rader's BIOLOGY 4 KIDS.COM. Zoologger: Polar bears evolved to eat junk food - life - 08 May 2014. Zoologger is our weekly column highlighting extraordinary animals – and occasionally other organisms – from around the world Species: Ursus maritimusHabitat: The defrosting wastes of the Arctic, from Alaska and Canada to Russia Morgan Spurlock, eat your heart out.

Zoologger: Polar bears evolved to eat junk food - life - 08 May 2014

For his film Super Size Me, he ate McDonald's food at every mealtime for a month, having previously eaten a healthy diet. Spurlock put on a lot of weight, became lethargic and even experienced heart palpitations. The stunt rammed home a simple message: too much fatty food can kill you. So you think humans are unique? - life - 21 May 2008. Six 'uniquely' human traits now found in animals Video roundup: Animals with 'human' abilities THERE was a time when we thought humans were special in so many ways.

So you think humans are unique? - life - 21 May 2008

Now we know better. Six 'uniquely' human traits now found in animals - life - 22 May 2008. Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 To accompany the article So you think humans are unique?

Six 'uniquely' human traits now found in animals - life - 22 May 2008

We have selected six articles from the New Scientist archive that tell a similar story. We have also asked the researchers involved to update us on their latest findings. Video roundup: Animals with 'human' abilities - life - 22 May 2008. How do animals compare to humans?

Video roundup: Animals with 'human' abilities - life - 22 May 2008

Many of our videos show animals captured on camera behaving in ways that challenge the concept of human uniqueness. Risk-prone hunting by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) increases during periods of high diet quality. Tanzania Safari: What a sound! 22 lions roar. The human lung: did evolution get it wrong? + Author Affiliations J.

The human lung: did evolution get it wrong?

B. West, UCSD Dept of Medicine 0623A, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0623, USA. Fax: 1 8585344812. E-mail: jwest@ucsd.edu. 5 Animals That Casually Play Tricks With the Laws of Physics. Unless there's something they're not telling us, animals don't actually understand physics.

5 Animals That Casually Play Tricks With the Laws of Physics

If they fall from the top of a tree and go splat, they have no idea that it was gravity. They only know that they are now dead. But that doesn't stop them from mastering the physical laws of the universe in ways that science just barely understands ... #5. Dogs Use an Internal Compass When They Poop. New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement. The fact that biological systems can exploit quantum effects is quite astounding.

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

No it is not, not even remotely.There is literally no possible way that photosynthesis could take place without involving quantum physics. This particular exploit is really neat, of course, but far too much as been made of how mystical or ungraspable quantum physics is. Basic chemistry is defined by quantum physics. Top 5 Most Terrifying Animal Sounds. The whole internet can't identify this mystery cocoon - life - 05 September 2013. (Image: Troy Alexander/Tambopata Research Centre) Like a tiny insect Stonehenge, the mystery of this 2-centimetre-wide structure has captured the imagination of entomologists and amateur bug-spotters around the world.

The whole internet can't identify this mystery cocoon - life - 05 September 2013

Troy Alexander, who noticed the unusual construction while volunteering at the Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru, calls it a "maypole with a horse corral". He posted photos on Facebook and Reddit asking if anyone could identify it – and despite his cry for help going viral on blogs and websites around the world, it remains unanswered. Lion Pride Fighting Savanna War Documentary HD by jaandil7. Mass Extinction Of Bees Came At Same Time Of Dinosaur Wipe Out, Says Study. A team of researchers led by University of New Hampshire biologist Dr.

Mass Extinction Of Bees Came At Same Time Of Dinosaur Wipe Out, Says Study

Sandra Rehan used fossils as well as DNA analysis to show that bees of the subfamily Xylocopinae experienced a sharp population decline at the same time of an asteroid or comet striking Earth, an event that ultimately led to the total destruction of around 80 percent of all species on the planet, including dinosaurs, reports The Weather Channel. The team studied the Xylocopinae subfamily -- which includes the carpenter bee -- because they could trace the group's evolutionary history back to the Cretaceous Period, when dinosaurs still roamed the planet. To rebuild the bee’s evolutionary timeline, they used the DNA analysis of 230 species of bees. Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet. A house cat's bizarre antics may be more than just feline folly.

Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet

The kitty may be seeing things that human eyes can't. Unlike humans, many animals see in ultraviolet, and a study now suggests that cats, dogs and other mammals can, too. Knowing these animals see things invisible to humans could shed some light on the animals' behavior, the researchers say. "Nobody ever thought these animals could see in ultraviolet, but in fact, they do," said study leader Ron Douglas, a biologist at City University London, in England. Meet Pandoravirus! Scientists Surprised to Discover New Giant Viruses. Breakthrough study overturns theory of 'junk DNA' in genome. Science correspondent Ian Sample uses a visual aid to explain the implications of the new research. Video: Guardian Link to video: What the Encode project tells us about the human genome and 'junk DNA' Long stretches of DNA previously dismissed as "junk" are in fact crucial to the way our genome works, an international team of researchers said on Wednesday.

It is the most significant shift in scientists' understanding of the way our DNA operates since the sequencing of the human genome in 2000, when it was discovered that our bodies are built and controlled by far fewer genes than expected. Compassion in conservation: Don't be cruel to be kind - opinion - 23 June 2014. Killing and harming animals in the name of conservation is not just unethical, it is counterproductive EARLIER this year, a hunter based in Texas paid $350,000 for the dubious privilege of being allowed to kill a male black rhino in Namibia. The rhino, Ronnie, was past reproductive age and deemed to be a danger to other wild rhinos. Profits from the hunting permit are supposed to be ploughed back into conservation in the country. A few weeks later, keepers at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark killed Marius, a healthy young male giraffe, publicly dissected him and fed his remains to the zoo's carnivores because he didn't fit into their breeding programme. Several offers to rehouse him were declined on the grounds that the facilities were unsuitable.

The same zoo later killed four healthy lions because a male lion they wanted to introduce to a female may have attacked them. These cases made headlines and caused global outrage. The 9 Strangest Animals on Earth. From giant salamanders the size of grown men, to fish that turn inside out and bladder-infesting sea creatures, the world is full of some truly bizarre (and at times frightening) creatures. Yet they each serve an ecological purpose and these strange animals are fascinating in their own right. Chinese Giant Salamander (Images via xinhuanet and ZSL) World's 10 Most Amazing Lifeforms. Niumbaha - New Bat Genus Identified in Sudan. An international team of biologists led by Prof DeeAnn Reeder from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, and Dr Adrian Garside from Fauna & Flora International has described a new genus of bat after discovering a rare specimen in South Sudan. This image show the beautiful bat species Niumbaha superba (DeeAnn Reeder / Bucknell University) Prof Reeder spotted the animal in Bangangai Game Reserve: “my attention was immediately drawn to the bat’s strikingly beautiful and distinct pattern of spots and stripes.

Death Happens More Slowly Than Thought. 6 Species We've Nearly Killed Off (For Retarded Reasons) 10 Animals You Won't Believe Are Closely Related. Thanks to the know-it-all from second grade, we're all aware that dolphins and whales are mammals, not fish. But it's probably been a while since you've pondered just how incredibly, mind-blowingly weird it is that you and whales were the same animal more recently than whales and sharks. Or to put it in chart form, you and whales split up somewhere in the big tangle of bio diversity up top labeled "Age of Mammals" while whales and fish haven't been the same animals since way the hell down ... ... here where you see the word Selacchi. So how is it that our evolutionary cousins ended up with flippers and fins exactly where fish have them and we ended up needing swimming lessons?

Courtesy of Getty Images. " Turns out it's the same reason birds and bats both ended up flying around on wings: convergent evolution, the smarmy term for when completely unrelated species develop similar traits. Image By Glen Fergus. The 5 Most Hated Creatures on the Planet (Don't Deserve It) Leopard saves baby baboon. In the eye of a chicken, a new state of matter comes into view. Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken's most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials such as self-organizing colloids, or optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of a liquid.

The unusual arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye constitutes the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter known as "disordered hyperuniformity," according to researchers from Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis. Research in the past decade has shown that disordered hyperuniform materials have unique properties when it comes to transmitting and controlling light waves, the researchers report in the journal Physical Review E. States of disordered hyperuniformity behave like crystal and liquid states of matter, exhibiting order over large distances and disorder over small distances. The researchers' findings add a new dimension called multi-hyperuniformity. Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death.