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Spiders Slideshow: Black Widow vs Brown Recluse - RxList. The Elephant in the Classroom. By Elise Gilchrist There is a buzzing excitement emanating from the classroom.

The Elephant in the Classroom

This will be a very unconventional lesson after all. “Settle down! I need to get the connection going first,” exclaims an equally excited teacher. “But when will we see them?” Dino Pet – BioPop. The lifespan of the dinoflagellates will vary based on their exposure to sunshine, external temperature and how quickly they require new nutrients to be supplemented.

Dino Pet – BioPop

Typically, a Dino Pet will live for approximately 1 month to 3 months on nothing but a little indirect sunlight. Butterfly wings inspire new high-tech surfaces. A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio.

Butterfly wings inspire new high-tech surfaces

Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic texture that could improve a variety of products. For example, the researchers were able to clean up to 85 percent of dust off a coated plastic surface that mimicked the texture of a butterfly wing, compared to only 70 percent off a flat surface.

In a recent issue of the journal Soft Matter, the Ohio State University engineers report that the textures enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty – characteristics that could be mimicked in high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment. Earth - The monkey that became a midwife. Giving birth can be a wonderful, literally life-affirming event.

Earth - The monkey that became a midwife

But one extraordinary monkey has taken it to a new level; by acting as a midwife to another monkey in the act of having a baby. The incident is so rare it has never been recorded before in detail, or filmed or photographed. The other female just actively approached her and took over, and pulled the infant completely out of the birth canal It is also remarkable because, in the natural world, animals are destined to go through such a profound and difficult moment alone.

Female animals usually give birth in private, and in solitude. Rent the Chicken.

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The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear. Gorillas Use Ladders in the Wild. The colorful lionfish and 3 other invasive species we should be eating. Chimpanzees mourn their dead children just like humans. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 12:49 GMT, 31 January 2011 Chimpanzees appear to mourn their dead infants just like humans, scientists have discovered.

Chimpanzees mourn their dead children just like humans

Chimpanzee mothers establish close physical relationships with their young, carrying them for up to two years and nursing them until they are six. But now scientists have filmed how one chimpanzee mother, whose 16-month-old infant died, apparently begins the grieving process. It’s the latest evidence highlighting just how similar chimps and other great apes are to humans. Scroll down for video Grieving process: A chimpanzee mother tenderly lays her dead 16-month-old infant on the ground after carrying the body for more than 24 hours. The ape continued to carry the body for more than 24 hours before tenderly laying on the ground.

Venomous Dinosaur Discovered. 13 year old Kenyan innovator saves cattle from lions with lights. Richard Turere lives in Empakasi,on the edge of the Nairobi National Park, just south of the City of Nairobi.

13 year old Kenyan innovator saves cattle from lions with lights

He is responsible for herding his family the livestock and keeping them safe from predators, especially lions. Being so close the park puts this family’s cattle right in the path of lions and every month they lost cows, sheep and goats. Nairobi Park has the worlds highest density of lions, and they often predate on livestock which are easier to catch. Bringing the cows home At the age of 11 Richard decided to do something about his family’s losses. Klondike, puppy born from a frozen embryo, fetches good news for endangered animals   ITHACA, N.Y. — Meet Klondike, the western hemisphere’s first puppy born from a frozen embryo.

Klondike, puppy born from a frozen embryo, fetches good news for endangered animals  

He’s a beagle-Labrador retriever mix, and although neither of those breeds are endangered, Klondike’s very existence is exciting news for endangered canids, like the red wolf. Now nine months old, Klondike’s beagle mother was fertilized using artificial insemination. The resulting embryos were collected and frozen until Klondike’s surrogate mother, also a beagle, was ready to receive the embryo. This frozen embryo technique is one of many reproductive technologies that can be used to conserve endangered species such as wild canids. Conducted by researchers at Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the process of freezing materials such as fertilized eggs – cryopreservation – provides researchers with a tool to repopulate endangered species. Klondike walking in a field on the Cornell University campus, Ithaca, N.Y. in late January 2013.

Conserving Bees - International Bee Research Association. Conserving our bees by Robert Paxton The title of this article, reflects a growing awareness and interest in the demise of the world's wild bees, and the impact this may have on other wildlife, ecosystems (including agroecosystems) and the world's economy.

Conserving Bees - International Bee Research Association

The Red Data Book contains a high percentage of the bee species considered to be under threat. Many bee species appear threatened with extinction, with the general consensus of opinion falling on humans as the culprits, through their degradation and destruction of habitats. Fishing with dolphins: Symbiosis between humans and marine mammals to catch more fish. Photo courtesy of Fábio Daura-Jorge The road to Laguna is lined with gossamer.

Fishing with dolphins: Symbiosis between humans and marine mammals to catch more fish

Nylon nets hang from wooden posts and eucalyptus trees, weighed down by lead sinkers. Healing Fish - Turkey. Friendship & Unity. Dog & Dolphin Love Story. Blood-sucking mite turns benign bee virus into colony killer - Technology & Science. The aptly named Varroa destructor has been wreaking havoc on bee colonies around the world for several decades, but it's only now that scientists are coming to understand just why this mite's bite is so lethal.

Blood-sucking mite turns benign bee virus into colony killer - Technology & Science

Scientists say dolphins should be treated as 'non-human persons' // Current. To Our Faithful Current.com Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online. The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make Current.com a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country.

King of Rabbits: Ancient, Gigantic Bunny Discovered. Just in time for Easter, the skeleton of a giant rabbit has been discovered, one that was once about six times the size of today's bunnies. Ancient Turtle Was Big as a Small Car. The incredible floating fire ant. So bound, an ant raft can survive for months. Engineers studying animal oddities now report that together, the ants aren’t just stronger. Giant ants spread in warm climes. 4 May 2011Last updated at 00:57 By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News. Mobile phones are 'to blame for the sudden decline in the world's bee population'

By David Derbyshire Updated: 13:45 GMT, 13 May 2011 Signals from mobile phones could be partly to blame for the mysterious deaths of honeybees, new research shows.