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12 Memorable Facts About Elephants

Not all animals make good pets. Dogs and cats (and even goats) may be well-suited for home living, but when it comes to more exotic companions, not …

Pets

Why Do Animals Have Whiskers?

<i>WHY? is our attempt to answer all the questions every little kid asks. Do you have a question? Send it to why@mentalfloss.com.</i><p>Humans don’t have …

New boa constrictor species discovered on remote Caribbean island

Silver snake, with distinctive metallic appearance, discovered in Bahamas and confirmed as previously unknown species<p>A new species of boa constrictor has been discovered on a remote island in the Bahamas.<p>Scientists identified 20 of the metre-long snakes during two expeditions to the Caribbean …

Ouch! An Interview with Entomology's King of Sting

For most people a single bee or wasp sting is one too many. But University of Arizona entomologist Justin Schmidt is a dramatic exception: By his own …

Bison euthanized after tourists take it away from its herd

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bison calf that tourists loaded into their vehicle at Yellowstone National Park because they were concerned for its welfare could not be reunited with its herd and had to be euthanized, park officials said Monday as they reasserted the importance of avoiding wildlife.<p>The …

An Evolutionary Explanation For Why Animals Court Their Own Sex

The phenomenon is one of the biggest skull scratchers in evolutionary biology.<p>Over 1000 different species throughout the animal kingdom have been observed engaging in same sex sexual behavior, but for the most part, the trait still baffles evolutionary biologists.<p>Chimpanzees, dolphins, koalas, and …

Striped bass mass death studied near Nova Scotia Power plant in Trenton

A new study investigating an unusual fish kill in Pictou Harbour, N.S., has found striped bass that congregate in warm waste water near the local …

ICYMI: Top 5 Wildlife interactions you have to see

Cape Town – If there’s one indisputable fact about SA, it’s that this country is crawling with some of the most incredible creatures on the …

Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever

CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future …

Fishes Have Feelings, Too

Washington — IN March, two marine biologists published a study of giant manta rays responding to their reflections in a large mirror installed in their aquarium in the Bahamas. The two captive rays circled in front of the mirror, blew bubbles and performed unusual body movements as if checking …

Controversial American Disc Golf Tour Prepares For Splashy ESPN3 Entrance | Ultiworld Disc Golf

Another upstart circuit hits the internet on Sunday, but has its independence from the PDGA and the reputation of the organization funding it doomed …

Calgary's critters: A hinterland who's who on wildlife in the city

Each week in May we'll be taking a look at some of the wildlife of all shapes and sizes that share our city.<p>This week we look at rodents — a gnawing …

November 2015

Scientists have discovered a cell that does something they thought was impossible

Known as the "power house" of the cell, these little subunits within the cell provide the organisms with energy and were thus thought to be essential.<p>But it now seems that actually they might not be that essential, as researchers describe the first eukaryote known that lacks mitochondria.<p>Other …

Biology

The High-Stakes Plan to Eliminate Deadly Superbugs

Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics far more quickly than humans are discovering new ones. That’s why a DARPA-funded research team is …

Science Reveals How Your Pet Really Feels About Your Affection

<i>Are there any animals that actually enjoy being hugged by humans? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Tirumalai Kamala, Immunologist, Ph.D. Mycobacteriology, on Quora:</b><p>This question could be …