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The Extreme Bees That Thrive On The Edge Of An Active Volcano

By Maitreyi Mantha on September 26, 2016
The Extreme Bees That Thrive On The Edge Of An Active Volcano

Like most bees, the ground nesting Anthophora squammulosa, that are native to parts of North and Central America, are a solitary species. The females lay their eggs in little underground nests and then head out to search for nectar to feed their developing larvae. This process usually takes place in environments with plenty of flora, to ensure a reliable supply of food.

Surf Dog Ricochet Brings Joy To Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

By Kimberly Solis on September 21, 2016
Surf Dog Ricochet Brings Joy To Kids With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Three-year-old Bailey suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a medical condition that affects the spinal cord’s motor nerve cells. As a result, she is unable to sit, stand, crawl, or walk on her own. She also can’t swallow food efficiently or breathe without the help of a machine. But thanks to Surf Dog Ricochet (and some human volunteers), Bailey and a few other kids suffering from SMA recently did what most children their age only dream of — go surfing!

These Mysterious Lizards Bleed Green!

By Kim Bussing on September 15, 2016
These Mysterious Lizards Bleed Green!

Any member of the five species of the Prasinohaema (Greek: “green blood”) skinks that that live on the island of New Guinea in the South West Pacific, would have been a shoo-in for J.K. Rowling’s wildly imaginative Harry Potter book series. That’s because besides being the only known land vertebrates to have “vivid lime green” blood, the reptiles also sport green bones, green muscles, and even a green tongue!

Video Of The Week - Rare Pallas's Cats Captured On Camera In Mongolia

By Meera Dolasia on September 12, 2016
Video Of The Week - Rare Pallas's Cats Captured On Camera In Mongolia

The Pallas’s cat is a small-sized wild cat species that lives in the remote steppes and mountains of Central Asia. Excessive hunting of the animals that are coveted for their thick, lush, fur as well as the loss of habitat has drastically reduced their numbers in the wild. As a result, the beautiful animals have been on IUCN’s near threatened list of species since 2002. It is, therefore, no wonder that the recent sighting of the elusive cats in the mountains of Mongolia is causing such joy among conservationists and cat lovers worldwide.

Swedish Study Indicates Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Regular Food

By Shariqua Ahmed on September 3, 2016
Swedish Study Indicates Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Regular Food

The fact that the increasingly large amounts of plastic debris in our oceans is ending up inside the stomachs of marine animals is well-known However, experts had assumed that it was because the creatures mistook the colorful floating debris for food. Now, a team of researchers led by Oona Lönnstedt, a marine biologist at Sweden’s Uppsala University, has found that some baby fish may actually be choosing to eat plastic over regular food!

It's Official! The Greenland Shark Is The Longest Living Vertebrate Known To Science

By Jeffrey Shao on August 24, 2016
It's Official! The Greenland Shark Is The Longest Living Vertebrate Known To Science

Scientists have long suspected that the elusive Greenland sharks lived for a long time. It turns out they were right! A new study has revealed that the world’s second largest carnivorous fish may have a lifespan of as long as 400 years. To put it in perspective, that is about twice that of the previously known longest-living vertebrate, the Bowhead whale, which is known to live for up to two centuries.

Surprise! Your Pet Fish May Be Able To Recognize You!

By Maitreyi Mantha on August 19, 2016
Surprise! Your Pet Fish May Be Able To Recognize You!

While your pet fish may appear to be oblivious of your presence, chances are it knows you extremely well and can probably even identify you from a crowd of humans! At least, that is the conclusion reached by scientists the University of Oxford in the U.K. and the University of Queensland in Australia, following an extensive study of the archerfish, a species of tropical fish that can be found all the way from India, to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia.

California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

By Meera Dolasia on July 12, 2016
California's "Ugliest Dog" Contest Celebrates Imperfections

A contest to crown “The World’s Ugliest Dog” may appear to be derogatory to dogs. However, that is not the intention of the organizers of the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the popular event has been held for the past 28 years. They view the unusual event as a celebration of the spirit and imperfections that make the dogs loveable and adoptable.

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