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Clever Ants Use Sponges And Paper To Transport Honey

By Kim Bussing on March 15, 2017
Clever Ants Use Sponges And Paper To Transport Honey

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly appears to hold true when it comes to ants. The tiny creatures can survive floods by morphing into rafts, find their way home using an internalized GPS system, and even lift up to 20 times their body weight. In 2013, scientists discovered that the insects whose brains are smaller than a quarter of a small pin’s head could even use tools, a skill that was once believed to be the realm of “intelligent” species like humans, and a select number of animals. Now, researchers from the University of Szeged in Hungary have discovered that when given a choice, the clever insects even have the smarts to select the most efficient tool for the job.

National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

By Meera Dolasia on March 6, 2017
National Zoo Giant Panda Bao Bao Begins Her New Life In China

On February 21, after a week of feasting on her favorite treats that included a multi-tiered ice cake, giant panda Bao Bao started preparing for her one-way journey to China. The National Zoo resident began the morning with a hearty breakfast comprising 17 pounds (8 kg) of bamboo and 5.4 pounds (2.4 kg) of leafeater biscuits before heading out for some fresh air. Shortly after, she was put inside a custom-made, four-by-six, steel travel crate and transported to the Washington Dulles International Airport.

The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

By Ashley Johnson on March 1, 2017
The ET-Like Insect That Inhabited Earth 100 Million Years Ago

The about million species of insects known to humanity thus far have managed to neatly fit into one of 31 existing scientific orders. However, when George Poinar, Jr., the world’s leading expert on plant and animal life forms, found preserved in amber, saw the carcass of this 100-million-year-old insect, he knew it would require its own scientific order – an incredibly rare event.

Video Of The Week — Wedding Bells For Canine Couples In Peru

By Meera Dolasia on February 20, 2017
Video Of The Week — Wedding Bells For Canine Couples In Peru

Two days before Valentine’s Day, 40 couples dressed in gorgeous wedding gowns and black tuxedos tied the knot at a mass wedding ceremony in Peru’s capital, Lima. Not impressed? How about if we tell you that the brides and grooms were dogs?

Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

By Ashley Johnson on February 18, 2017
Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

A large otter the size of a wolf, roamed the wooded marshlands of China’s Yunnan Province about six million years ago. Xiaoming Wang, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California, and her team arrived at this conclusion after an extensive study of fossils found in the 6.2 million-year-old sediment of the Shuitangba coal mine in Yunnan, China in 2010 and 2015.

New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

New Zealand is no stranger to beached whales. Every year, rescuers help refloat many disoriented mammals that get stuck in the coastal waters or sand during low tide. However, last week’s simultaneous stranding of two pods, totaling over 650 pilot whales, in the shallow muddy waters of Golden Bay at the northwest tip of South Island is almost unprecedented. Local marine experts say it is the largest known whale stranding since 1985 when 450 of the mammals were found beached in Auckland, and the third largest on record.

Speedy Quick Mako Shark Swims A Record-Breaking 13,000 Miles In Less Than Two Years

By Jeffrey Shao on February 7, 2017
Speedy Quick Mako Shark Swims A Record-Breaking 13,000 Miles In Less Than Two Years

A mako shark is being dubbed the “Energizer Bunny” after traveling a distance of half the globe, or 13,000 miles (just over 21,000 km), in less than two years. According to researchers at the Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), it is the longest track recorded in the Atlantic Ocean by a tagged mako shark.

Legendary Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Extended Winter

By Meera Dolasia on February 2, 2017
Legendary Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Extended Winter

As is the case every February 2, thousands of people gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania early in the morning to witness legendary groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predict the length of this year’s winter. Given the gloomy weather and scattered snow showers, it appeared highly unlikely that the animal would see his shadow, the indication of an extended winter.

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