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To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginally harder to breathe. This won’t matter in the short term …

Odds of NYC Flooding During a Storm Up 20-Fold

New study documents rising storm surges since the mid-19th century.<p>The chances of New York City flooding during a storm are even greater than scientists previously thought, a new study suggests.<p>Maximum water levels in New York Harbor during storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet (about 0.7 …

Exotic species are settling in at L.A. Zoo's new rain-forest exhibit

The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion.<p>Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and …

Blue-Footed Booby Threatened in the Galápagos

Breeding is down among birds known for their happy feet.<p>A cartoonish character in the avian world, the blue-footed booby is known for its vivid webbed feet and its high-stepping mating dance. But the birds have mostly ceased their hypnotic moves on the breeding grounds of the Galápagos Islands, …

Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates

Huge lines of people, kids in tow, are waiting to get into the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the world's second-most visited museum.<p>Right inside the lobby, a cast of the skull of the new <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> the museum just acquired is stopping visitors dead in their tracks.<p>"We …

This is How You Study The Evolution of Animal Intelligence

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>There are many scientists who study the mental abilities of animals. As intelligent animals ourselves, we’re keen to learn whether other species share our skills, and how our vaunted smarts evolved. We see study after study about whether chimpanzees …

How Dinosaur Teeth Traveled

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Last summer, while spending a day with paleontologist Joe Peterson and his crew at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, I was lucky enough to find a dinosaur tooth. The shiny fossil had once fit into the mouth of a beaky herbivore called <i>Camptosaurus</i>, and, 150 million …

‘I swapped bodies with someone’

What if you could experience life in another person’s body? A few have done so, discovers Rose Eveleth, and they report profound emotional changes.<p>If you could be anybody in the world, who would it be? This is usually just a theoretical question. The idea of suddenly taking the form of your …

Has Global Warming Stopped or Slowed?

Jerry Meehl<br>Climatologist<br>National Center for Atmospheric Research<p>I think it’s interesting about this job, it’s kind of like being a detective. The detective goes through this process of collecting evidence. And they're trying to get data that supports a theory that they may have, and in the end they …

A variety of California kingsnake is wreaking havoc in Canary Islands

An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa.<p>Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake …

Toad toxin poisons predators and lures tadpoles

Ancient flying reptile from China fills evolutionary gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was the start of something big - really big.<p>The fragmentary remains of the Kryptodrakon progenitor found in the famed "dinosaur death pits" area of the Shishugou Formation in northwest China are seen in an undated illustration courtesy of Brian Andres. Scientists on …

Bearded Dragons Blamed For Salmonella Outbreak

Cute and contagious beasts<p>Salmonella outbreaks are usually linked to food, but the latest boom in the bug comes from an unlikely source: bearded dragons. According to the CDC, 132 people have become infected with <i>Salmonella</i> <i>cotham</i>, a rare serotype of the bacteria harbored by bearded dragons, in the …

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Why Researchers Are Putting 3-D Glasses On Praying Mantises

"Just for fun" is not the answer. We think.<p>In a move that's sure to shake up the burgeoning IMAX-for-insects industry, researchers have got funding to study the vision of praying mantises and are affixing the world's smallest 3-D glasses onto the creatures to better understand their superb ocular …

Mosquitoes bred with suicide genes to combat disease

With the World Cup just six weeks away, Brazilian authorities have approved the widespread, commercial release of a strain of mosquito that has been genetically reprogrammed to wipe out its own species. These <i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquitoes are a major carrier of dengue fever, and bed nets are useless …

Growing lettuce in space

A new space-faring lettuce is taking root on the International Space Station. Its name is “Outregeous.”<p>It’s spring, and all around the northern …

Should Animals Be Able To Sue Their Owners?

One group of lawyers thinks so--and vows not to quit until they succeed.<p>Tommy, a chimpanzee in upstate New York has become the first non-human primate to sue its captor, in an effort to become free. But it's not like the chimp actually walked into a courtroom and filed papers himself. Rather, a …

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