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Why Are Dolphins Dying on East Coast? Experts Alarmed

Nearly 120 corpses have washed up so far this summer, government says.<p><b>Bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in unusually high numbers along the U.S. East Coast this summer—a "very alarming" situation that has experts scrambling to decipher the cause.</b><p>Nearly 120 corpses have washed ashore in …

Opinion: SeaWorld vs. the Whale That Killed Its Trainer

The film Blackfish probes the case of an orca that killed its trainer. Blame is assigned to SeaWorld—rightly so, in my view.<p><b>Watch the television premiere of "Blackfish," Thursday, October 24, at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.</b><p><b>The documentary Blackfish opened around the country on July 26, with more splash than</b> …

Glowing Bacteria Control Squid Hosts

<b>Being jolted awake every morning by an alarm clock is plenty annoying, but at least that alarm doesn’t actually live in your body.</b><p>The Hawaiian bobtail squid (<i>Euprymna scolopes</i>) has an internal alarm clock that’s run by a species of glowing bacteria known as <i>Vibrio fischeri</i>. This bacterium and the …

Your cat isn’t totally ignoring you – really!

Cats may not do what we tell them to, but they usually adore their human caretakers, a new study finds<p>Cats may try to hide their true feelings, but a recent study found that cats do actually pay attention to their owners, distinguishing them from all other people.<p>The study, which will be published …

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Brain-eating amoebas thrive in US lakes as global warming heats waterways

These deadly invaders from the deep are showing up in surprising locations<p>It’s a fatal infection without an effective treatment, and one that strikes in a decidedly gruesome manner: An amoebic organism lurking in water is inadvertently inhaled during a swim on a hot summer’s day. From there, it …

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke — The Atlantic Ocean's Dazzling Oarsmen

At night, in the ocean, they look like little Broadway billboards with dazzling trills of rainbow colored light. They have eight little runways on their bodies for light display. What are they?<p>They're called comb jellies. They're not jellyfish. They don't pulse like jellies. They seem to hang. You …

What’s the July birthstone?

Are you a July baby? Your birthstone, the ruby, is among the most highly prized of gemstones.<p>The ruby, birthstone for July, is among the most highly …

Odd-Looking Orcas May Be a Distinct Species

A strange-looking and mysterious killer whale living in the heaving seas ringing Antarctica might be a distinct species. Known as Type D orcas, the …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Smoking Pot Makes You Less Motivated

The brains of habitual cannabis users have trouble synthesizing dopamine, according to a small study.<p>Does smoking a joint make you feel a little bit lazy? According to new research, when your "Reefer Madness" turns into "Reefer Can't-get-off-the-couch," it could be because the cannabis is …

Savory And Sweet: A Taste For Infertility

Humans have long relied on the sense of taste in the struggle to survive and multiply. A bitter taste alerts us to a plant that may be poisonous. A sweet taste tells us that a plant is likely high in calories and can help sustain us.<p>Our sense of taste may be even more closely linked to the …

Lonesome George to Be Stuffed, Displayed at NYC Museum

Famous Galápagos tortoise died in June 2012.<p><b>Lonesome George, the iconic giant tortoise of the Galápagos who died last June at over a hundred years of age, is getting stuffed.</b><p>Taxidermists at New York City's American Museum of Natural History recently received the frozen body of the deceased animal, …

Sex is the secret to looking younger, claims researcher

Regular sex could now be the key to looking up to seven years younger, a researcher claims.<p>Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said people need to be aware of the benefits of having a healthy sex life, particularly in their later years.<p>He said sex has …

First-Ever Super-Slow-Motion Video Of Hummingbirds Hovering

How does a hummingbird hover? Let's point a $150,000 high-speed camera at one and find out.<p>In order to design and create better flying robots, a team at Stanford University needed to see things our pitiful human eyes can't--like, how exactly does a hummingbird hover? How does a swift dive? So they …

Pluto’s smallest moons receive their official names

The names of Pluto’s two smallest known moons, previously referred to as “P4” and “P5,” have been formally approved by the International Astronomical …

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