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Eating Fish Poisons Your Brain

Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Environmental Hazards, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Wildlife with 1 Comment
Eating Fish Poisons Your Brain

Can eating fish poison your brain? An article describing two new reports published ahead of a United Nations conference on mercury pollution found that mercury in fish is having an adverse effect on brain function.

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Brazil Embarks on Cloning of Wild Animals

Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Brazil Embarks on Cloning of Wild Animals

Brazilian scientists are attempting to clone animals in danger of extinction, like the jaguar and maned wolf, although the potential impact on the conservation of these threatened species is still not clear.

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Cute Video: A Rare White Lion Cub Is Nursed By Dog

Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Cute Video: A Rare White Lion Cub Is Nursed By Dog

A rare white lion cub was born earlier this week in China’s Quanzhou Amusement Park in eastern Fujian Province. Since it was the first time the female lion had given birth, keepers were worried about feeding problems so they found a dog to nurse the lion cub along with her puppies.

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Scientists Confirm Elephant In South Korean Zoo Verbally Speaks At Least Five Words [video + article]

Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Wildlife with 1 Comment
Scientists Confirm Elephant In South Korean Zoo Verbally Speaks At Least Five Words [video + article]

Talking elephant? Yes, an Asian elephant in a South Korean zoo has a five-word Korean vocabulary, says a team of scientists. The elephant talks through his trunk. An international team of scientists confirmed Friday what the Everland Zoo has been saying for years: Their 5.5-ton tusker Koshik has an unusual and possibly unprecedented talent.

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Adolescent Whale In California Learned To Mimic Human Speech

Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Adolescent Whale In California Learned To Mimic Human Speech

By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent | The London Telegraph  Researchers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California had often heard the sound of people talking near the whale and dolphin enclosure, but had never managed to catch the culprits or get close enough to tell what they were saying. It was only when a diver surfaced […]

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Scientists Discover Birds Hold ‘Funerals’ For Dead

Written by on September 2, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Scientists Discover Birds Hold ‘Funerals’ For Dead

When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging. The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered. The behaviour may have evolved to warn other birds of nearby danger, report researchers in California, who have published the findings in the journal Animal Behaviour. The revelation comes from a study by Teresa Iglesias and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, US.

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Research Shows Chimpanzees Create Social Traditions

Written by on August 31, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Research Shows Chimpanzees Create Social Traditions

(Eurekalert) A research collaboration between the Gonzaga University and the Max Planck Institute shows that the way in which chimpanzees groom each other depends on the community to which they belong. Specifically, it is the unique handclasp grooming behaviour that reveals this local difference. The specific behaviour that the researchers focused on was the ‘grooming […]

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Dolphin Social Networks Show Hints of Culture

Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Dolphin Social Networks Show Hints of Culture

Jane J. Lee (LiveScience) For the bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, functional fashion seems to be all the rage, with inclusion in cliques dependent on whether one is wearing a nose sponge — a tool that helps dolphins find food — new research suggests. The female dolphins that wear marine basket sponges on their beaks to scour the sandy bottoms of deep channels for fish associate more with each other than with non-sponge users, the researchers said.

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Teamwork: Gorillas Filmed Collaborating On Amazing Intellectual Feats, Complex Tasks

Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Teamwork: Gorillas Filmed Collaborating On Amazing Intellectual Feats, Complex Tasks

(Phys.org) Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved.

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Study Says BP Oil Spill and Cold Weather Caused High Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Study Says BP Oil Spill and Cold Weather Caused High Dolphin Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

(Eurekalert) The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released today.

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Dolphins May Be Math Geniuses

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Dolphins May Be Math Geniuses

(Discovery News) Dolphins may use complex nonlinear mathematics when hunting, according to a new study that suggests these brainy marine mammals could be far more skilled at math than was ever thought possible before. Inspiration for the new study, published in the latest Proceedings of the Royal Society A, came after lead author Tim Leighton watched an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Blue Planet” series and saw dolphins blowing multiple tiny bubbles around prey as they hunted.

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Mystery Deaths of 500 Penguins

Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Mystery Deaths of 500 Penguins

(The Independent) More than 500 dead penguins have been washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week. Marine biologists and veterinarians reported yesterday that the birds had no visible injuries or oil stains and appeared to be well fed. The Centre of Coastal and Marine Studies said it expected to receive the results of autopsies on some of the birds within the next month.

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Navy Admits Sonar Could Harm Whales and Dolphins

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Wildlife with 2 Comments
Navy Admits Sonar Could Harm Whales and Dolphins

Activists are taking to the Internet to protest a United States Navy proposal that one environmental organization has referred to as potentially causing whales “harm of staggering proportions.”

The action is in response to the Navy’s admission, in two Environmental Impact Assessments filed in May, that the use of active sonar in training and testing exercises off Hawaii and southern California, and off the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico, could potentially unintentionally harm marine mammals a total of 33 million times over five years.

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Dolphin Genes Hold Clues to Animal Intelligence

Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
Dolphin Genes Hold Clues to Animal Intelligence

Evolution-wise, bottlenose dolphins have left their mammalian brothers in the dust, and new research is showing what genes they changed to do it.

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Talking to Dolphins: New “Dolphin Speaker” Produces Full Range of Dolphin Sounds

Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Reality's Edge, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Talking to Dolphins: New “Dolphin Speaker” Produces Full Range of Dolphin Sounds

(PopSci) Communication with dolphins is getting better all the time — they’ve been using iPads, for one thing, and humans have been working on a type of Rosetta Stone-like two-way translation device. A new gadget could improve matters even further, by allowing humans to produce the full range of dolphin sounds. The acoustics researchers who […]

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