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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. 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?” “Where are they?” Then the ringing sound comes clear through the speakers and suddenly the picture expands to reveal... Did you ever think it would be possible to bring a real live elephant into classrooms all over the world?

At TEI we believe that it is important for students to learn about the natural world and the species that live in it. Our most recent Skype lesson included classrooms in Alaska, Florida, Australia and New Zealand. Utilizing new technologies, innovative teaching methods, and the intrinsic appeal of elephants, Think Elephants hopes to inspire the next generation. 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. Typically, a Dino Pet will live for approximately 1 month to 3 months on nothing but a little indirect sunlight. If you want to extend the life of your pet, simply add a little bit of BioPop Dino Food to the mix and you can extend their life, forever… Seriously, by regularly adding Dino Food, the dinos can potentially reproduce indefinitely.

If you accidentally forget to feed them and they all expire, you can also purchase refills of the dinoflagellates for your Dino Pet from BioPop (now available with zero guilt trips!). If this is all getting a little overwhelming, don’t worry — a complete care manual is included with the shipment of your Dino Pet. BioPop guarantees that your Dino Pet will arrive alive and healthy. Okay Close. 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.

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. "Nature has evolved many surfaces that are self-cleaning or reduce drag," said Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. For a butterfly out in nature, staying clean is a critical issue, Bhushan explained. Earth - The monkey that became a midwife.

Giving birth can be a wonderful, literally life-affirming event. 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. Not for them the benefits afforded human mothers; the comfort and support of others, or their help and possible intervention to ensure all goes smoothly. But scientists have witnessed a langur monkey being assisted in her birth by another female. Only once before has a monkey been seen acting as a midwife to another. In contrast, scientists managed to document every step of the latest incident. 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. 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. Periodically she returns to the body and touches the face and neck with her fingers to establish it was dead. She then took the body to other chimpanzees in the troop to get a second opinion. Venomous Dinosaur Discovered--AD-TEST. Jurassic Park was packed with pseudo-science, but one of its fictions may have accidentally anticipated a dinosaur discovery announced today—venomous raptors. Though a far cry from the movie's venom-spitting Dilophosaurus, the 125-million-year-old Sinornithosaurus may have attacked like today's rear-fanged snakes, a new study suggests. Rear-fanged snakes don't inject venom. Instead, the toxin flows down a telltale groove in a fang's surface and into the bite wound, inducing a state of shock.

In Sinornithosaurus fossils, researchers discovered an intriguing pocket, possibly for a venom gland, connected to the base of a fang by a long groove, which likely housed a venom duct, the study says. Sinornithosaurus fangs also feature snakelike grooves in their surfaces. "So when they sank their teeth into tissue of the victim, it allowed the venom, which was really enhanced saliva, to get into the wound. " Dinosaur's Venom Stupified Prey?

Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Venom's Shadowy Past. 13 year old Kenyan innovator saves cattle from lions with lights | AfriGadget. Richard Turere lives in Empakasi,on the edge of the Nairobi National Park, just south of the City of Nairobi. 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. He observed that the lions never struck the homesteads when someone was awake and walking around with a flashlight. Lions are naturally afraid of people. In the two years that his lion light system has been operating, the Turere family has had no predation at night by lions.

For conservation and human wildlife Conflict management, this simple innovation is a breakthrough. Richards illustration of his invention. 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. 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.

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. I see three major arguments for the conservation of wild bees, namely: Bees are of conservation value in their own right, as a component of the world's biodiversity.Bees are important components of natural ecosystems and play a big role in their functioning. As such, they are important for the conservation, directly or indirectly, of other wildlife.Bees are important in agriculture as crop pollinators.

Bees for bees' sake Bees and the wider wildlife Bees and agriculture. 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. Nylon nets hang from wooden posts and eucalyptus trees, weighed down by lead sinkers. The synthetic fabric may be new, but the design is ancient: Hand-cast nets have been found in Egyptian tombs and are mentioned in the New Testament. Such fishing nets were likely introduced to this area of southeastern Brazil by immigrants from the Azores, perhaps in the 16th century.

Laguna is really two cities. Early on the morning I showed up, men were arriving on bicycles, red or green milk crates holding their nylon nets. As we watched the turbid green waters flow into the lagoon, a tall dorsal fin broke the surface, followed by a smaller one. Another dorsal fin rose a hundred meters from the shore. Most of the helpful dolphins have names: “Escubi” is a variant of Scooby Doo. Another blow broke the surface. Escubi headed out to sea. Here in Laguna, things are different. What’s in it for the dolphin? But no. 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. The ectoparasite lives on a type of bee known as the European honeybee, which is found in many parts of the world, not just Europe, and kills its host by transmitting a fatal strain of deformed wing virus, or DWV. Although not related to the more widely publicized colony collapse disorder that has killed off large numbers of bees in the U.S., the 1.5-mm mite is responsible for the deaths of billions of wild bees around the world. 'Beekeepers have had to change their beekeeping practices, and now, they all control for the mites, and if they don't, their colonies die.'— Stephen Martin, social-insect biologist "The mite itself has caused the death of almost all the feral colonies in the world where it's moved into," said Stephen J.

Martin recently teamed up with Declan C. 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.

You can keep up with what's new on Al Jazeera America and see this new brand of journalism for yourself at Thank you for inspiring and challenging us. . – The Current TV Staff. King of Rabbits: Ancient, Gigantic Bunny Discovered | Island Gigantism | Rabbit Fossils. 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. The fossils of the giant were discovered on the island of Minorca off the coast of Spain, a fact reflected in the rabbit's scientific name, Nuralagus rex, "the Minorcan king of the rabbits. " [Illustration of giant rabbit] "I needed four years to recover a good sample of N. rex bones because they were in very hard red stone," paleontologist Josep Quintana at the Catalan Institute of Paleontology in Barcelona, Spain, told LiveScience. "To pull the bones out from the matrix, it was necessary to use some hundreds of liters of acetic acid, a very concentrated vinegar — very hard and patient work!

But it was worthwhile, of course. " When the bunny lived approximately 3 million to 5 million years ago, it weighed about 26 pounds (12 kilograms), about six times the size of the living European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Ancient Turtle Was Big as a Small Car | Gigantism & Animal Fossils. A turtle the size of a small car once roamed what is now South America 60 million years ago, suggests its fossilized remains. Discovered in a coal mine in Colombia in 2005, the turtle was given the name Carbonemys cofrinii, which means "coal turtle. " It wasn't until now that the turtle was examined and described in a scientific journal; the findings are detailed online today (May 17) in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.

The researchers say C. cofrinii belongs to a group of side-necked turtles known as pelomedusoides. The turtle's skull, roughly the size of an NFL football, was the most complete of the fossil remains. In addition to its colossal size, the turtle would have been equipped with massive, powerful jaws, meaning it could've eaten just about anything in its range, from mollusks (a group that includes snails) to smaller turtles and even crocodiles, the researchers noted.

"We had recovered smaller turtle specimens from the site. 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. They’re floatier. Airtight, even. “Water does not penetrate the raft,” said Nathan Mlot, a mechanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and lead author of the ant-raft report published in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academies. Engineers, Mlot went on to explain, think the rafting behavior might aid the quest for new waterproof materials and offer lessons for robotics research. Individual fire ants, when dropped in water, struggle and flail, but a close inspection reveals a thin layer of air clinging to the swimmer. And although individual fire ants have been thoroughly studied in the lab, until now no one had bothered to figure out how ant rafts float. The uneven, hairy surface of the ant’s skin explains this phenomenon.

This physical law states that as a surface gets rougher, water has a tougher time touching it. Giant ants spread in warm climes. Mobile phones are 'to blame for the sudden decline in the world's bee population'