Tonesha Martin

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Biologists Just Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis

I, for one, welcome our cephalopod overlords.<p>Scientists have discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that suggests members of the …

Zoology

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

Overview<p>Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary …

Pets

Talking to Your Pets Is a Sign of Intelligence, Study Finds

Pets are great listeners. Sure, the language barrier could have something to do with it, but so does a pet’s devotion to the humans he or she …

What 'No Antibiotic' Claims Really Mean

Labels on Shady Brook Farm turkey say “no growth promoting antibiotics.” Progresso advertises that its soups contain chicken with “no added …

Agriculture

Unfaithful Birds Reveal Tinder’s Evolutionary Downside

Imagine a world where everyone used Tinder but nobody used birth control: If the results of a new study are any indication, this nightmare scenario …

Biology

The oldest known relative of dinosaurs was a total freak, experts say

The 245-million-year-old fossils were some of the strangest ones Sterling Nesbitt had ever seen. Their bodies looked like crocodiles — stout and muscular, with four sturdy legs. But their necks and tails were unusually long, and the bones bore certain markings only found in dinosaurs.<p>The fossils …

Watch Ants Carry Wounded Off Battlefield—Never Before Seen

When clashing with termites, a type of African ant rescues its injured comrades, who then recover quickly, a new study says.<p>Like people, ants are often at war. The matabele ant, a small black species native to sub-Saharan Africa, often clashes with its favorite food—termites.<p>Each time hungry ants …

Insects

Study finds evidence of Deepwater Horizon oil in land-based birds

The ecological consequences of an environmental disaster can extend further than one may imagine as effects propagate through interconnected food …

Triggerfish swim to their own beat

A species of fish has been found to make noises like a drum roll.<p>Triggerfish use their fins, scales and swim bladder to make their own percussion, …

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Invasive plants dye woodpeckers red

An ornithological mystery has been solved! Puzzling red feathers have been popping up in eastern North America's "yellow-shafted" population of …

Why Cats Lick Plastic, and Other Odd Behaviors Explained

Experts weigh in on feline grooming, zooming, and a strange fetish.<p>It’s official: even presidential candidates need a cat GIF to get through the day sometimes.<p>Americans love their kitties—all 96 million of them—and to help out their doting owners, Weird Animal Question of the Week is looking into …

Pets

Who, What, Why: What's the worst place to be bitten by a spider?

<b>An Australian has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis for a second time. Which part of the body do you most want to avoid getting bitten or stung, asks Jon Kelly.</b><p>To be bitten once on the penis is unfortunate. A second time and you'd wonder if you were cursed.<p>On Tuesday the 21-year-old …

UF experts addressing outbreak of New World screwworm fly in Florida Keys

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to the announcement yesterday that the New World screwworm fly has been detected in Florida for the first time in a …

Scientists have finally decided we are in the “age of humans”

It’s literally epoch-defining news. A group of experts tasked with considering the question of whether we have officially entered the Anthropocene—the geological age characterized by humans’ influence on the planet—has delivered its answer: yes.<p>The British-led Working Group on the Anthropocene …

Badgers keep away from cows and TB is not spread through contact, say scientists

Badgers keep their distance from cattle, and bovine TB is probably spread between the two species in the environment, a new study has shown.<p>For the first time, scientists have proved that badgers rarely come into contact with cows, which means disease must be spread through bodily fluids on the …

Wildlife

Attorneys argue for listing bearded seals as threatened

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Bearded seals, the largest of the Arctic seals, deserve to be listed as a threatened species because of continuing loss of their sea ice habitat, a federal government attorney told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.<p>Robert Stockman of the National …

Microsoft Drones Are Searching For Zika-Infected Mosquitoes Around Houston

Fighting flyers with flyers<p>The Zika virus has finally reached the United States, so to fight back, the United States is enlisting one of the weapons it knows best: drones. Not big, high-altitude drones with weapons, but smaller quadcopters, flying low to the ground, to seek out where the mosquitos …

Mosquitoes

Erect-tail dysfunction: why dogs lose their wag in the north

Dogs in the north may lose their wag because it is colder than in the south, a new study suggests.<p>Edinburgh University has been investigating the phenomenon known as ‘limber tail’ which causes a dog’s tail to become limp and difficult to move.<p>The condition is known to affect larger working breeds, …

Pets

How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

When Tom Barber, a scientist at the University of Arkansas who studies weeds, drives the country roads of eastern Arkansas this summer, his trained eye can spot the damage: soybean leaves contorted into cup-like shapes.<p>He's seeing it in field after field. Similar damage is turning up in Tennessee …

How Burt's Bees Just Took Social Entrepreneurship to the Extreme

The lip balm giant's plan to drop the letter B from their products and plant a billion flowers is working.<p>Bees -- those busy buzzing insects that help pollinate fully 1/3 of the all food on Earth -- are dwindling in number each year. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) has been a leading factor, and its …

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

When you think about fish, it's probably at dinnertime. Author Jonathan Balcombe, on the other hand, spends a lot of time pondering the emotional lives of fish. Balcombe, who serves as the director of animal sentience for the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry …

Some Sharks Really Are Ballsier Than Others, Scientists Find

Sharks have personalities, too.<p>When it comes to creatures that threaten our existence, sharks get a pretty bad rap (thanks, <i>Jaws</i>).<p>In 2015, we …