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Baby owls sleep like baby humans

Owlets spend more time in REM sleep than adult owls.<p>Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the University of Lausanne have …

Baby Zonkey Born at Animal Reserve in Italy

A baby zonkey, named Ippo, was born earlier this month at an animal reserve in Italy. Ippo's parents are a male zebra and a female Amiata donkey, an …

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The secret to how plants set branch angles - Futurity

U. LEEDS (UK) — Scientists say they’ve figured out how plants set and maintain the …

Yeast reveals secret of 'hitchhiker' mutations - Futurity

PRINCETON (US) — It takes a “group effort” of genetic mutations to give organisms the …

New Coral Reef Species From Gambier Islands, French Polynesia

A new coral reef species, <i>Echinophyllia tarae</i>, has been discovered in the remote and poorly studied Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. The new species …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Kill Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is playing owl god in the forests of the Northwest to save the endangered northern spotted owl. In order to …

Horticulturist is rooting for diseased Muir sequoia

A sequoia that John Muir planted in the 1880s is dying. Kevin Park is trying to keep at least part of it alive through cloning.<p>July 27, 2013|By Maria L. La Ganga<p>Keith Park, a horticulturist with the National Park Service, is photographed… (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles…)<p>MARTINEZ, Calif. — It would be …

Radar antennae reveal how disease and pesticides are harming bees navigation

Honey bees are being fitted with tiny radar antennae to find how disease and pesticides are effecting the insects as they hunt for food.<p>The work is being pioneered by biologists at Rothamsted Research, the government funded crop research site in Hertfordshire, and scientists in Germany.<p>Using …

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Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The largest solar power plant of its kind is about to turn on in California's Mojave Desert.<p>The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will power about 140,000 homes and will be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals, but it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring …

FYI: How Long Would It Take Piranhas To Eat A Person?

Is the fish's deadly rep justified?<p>After a trip to the Amazon jungle, President Teddy Roosevelt famously reported seeing a pack of piranhas devour a cow in a few minutes. It must have been a very large school of fish—or a very small cow. According to Ray Owczarzak, assistant curator of fishes at …

'Moth-ers' Shine a Light on Nighttime Beauties

Farm To Fido: Dog Food Goes Local

The email read: "We signed a contract for farm-to-bowl dog food product development today, I kid you not :)"<p>The note was from a friend, Wendy Stuart, who consults on food access and sustainability issues. Even so, our first reaction was: Really?<p>It's easy to dismiss the concept as the culinary …

Hope for tigers lives in Sumatra

Preliminary density estimates for tigers in southern Sumatra are highest recorded for the island.<p>In time for the third annual International Tiger …

A History Of Times The World Didn't End [Infographic]

Haha, now you probably feel pretty silly, 20th-century Apocalypse predictors.<p>Hello! If you're reading this, and you are not an alien race that has extinguished humanity, then the apocalypse hasn't happened yet. In which case, everyone in the infographic you see here was wrong.<p>Information design …

New Dwarf Lemur Species Discovered in Madagascar

A new species of dwarf lemur has been discovered in Madagascar. The Lavasoa dwarf lemur was initially assigned to the species <i>Cheirogaleus crossleyi</i>. …

Bee Swarm Attacks Couple, Horses and Hens in Pantego, Texas

The <i>Star-Telegram</i> reports that a couple in Pantego, Texas was attacked by a swarm of 30,000 bees. Pantego is located in North Texas between Dallas and …

US doubles supercomputing power in battle against hurricanes

While it might not be able to fight the awesome power of Mother Nature, US weather agency NOAA is doing what it can to stay one step ahead of her. As America braces for a rise in extreme weather patterns, including "an active or extremely active" hurricane season, NOAA has significantly boosted the …

Beautiful medusas

Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. The medusa stage is the adult stage in the the life cycle of …

Bottlenose dolphins use names to identify companions

Bottlenose dolphins have distinct "names" that they use to identify individuals in their social group, according to a study by scientists who followed groups of the animals off the east coast of Scotland. The names are composed of whistles – signature high-pitched sounds that are created by …

Hero Shrew Found, One of “Most Bizarre Animals on Earth”

<b>Watch out, Mighty Mouse: Scientists have found a new species of shrew with incredible strength.</b><p>Dubbed Thor’s hero shrew after the brawny god of strength in Norse mythology, <i>Scutisorex thori</i> is one of the most bizarre animals on Earth thanks to its supertough, interlocking spine, according to Bill …