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Crows as Garbage Collectors?

13 Jan 2018

Let’s crow about crows. They are smart birds. In Australia they have learned to feast on the repugnant cane toads that other animals avoid because of the toxin they secret from from glands above...

Owls Don't Have Eyeballs

12 Jan 2018

You know how we (humans) have eyeballs? Well, owls don’t. They have eye tubes or cylinders, rod-shaped eyes that do not move in their sockets as eyeballs do. Instead, owls have to move their bodies...

Sniffing Out Disease

8 Jan 2018

The dog has been called man’s best friend, but rats certainly have never been referred to in that endearing fashion. Yet, they can save lives as well as dogs; maybe even better. How? By using their...

Farmer ants and their aphid herds

16 Aug 2017

Several species of ants have a special symbiotic relationship with aphids- they farm them! Aphids feed primarily on the sap from plants and secrete a liquid called honeydew. This secretion is very...

Cortisol, Testosterone and Finding a Mate

18 May 2017

For animals wanting to find the healthiest mate, cortisol (stress hormone) levels in their mates could have big implications. Luckily, it appears that animals detect cortisol levels through its...

South American Poison Dart Frog

20 Mar 2017

There are several species of such frogs which contain such powerful toxins that just brushing against its poisonous skin is enough to kill an adult human. One hundredth of a milligram of...

Why do you never see a baby housefly?

20 Mar 2017

Because baby houseflies don’t exist. A little backgrounder on the flies’ reproductive cycle can clear up this seeming conundrum. Within a week of mating, a doggie-style activity lasting from a few...

Drunken Beetles

21 Feb 2017

While the odd Beatle has been known to get drunk, generally beetles are tee-totallers. But not the cetonia beetles of Northern Africa. These inch long bugs have a particular penchant for eating...

Polar bears can run up to 40 km per hour!

20 Feb 2017

Polar bears can run as fast as 40 kilometers per hour—but only for short distances. Younger, leaner bears are the best runners and are able to cover two kilometers without stopping. Older and...


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