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‘How can we understand the miserable failure of contemporary thinking to come to grips with what now confronts us?’ Photo Credit: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

The Great Climate Silence: Denying Our Earth’s Decline

(CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING) How can we plan for a future when we’re damaging the Earth in ways that threaten its very survival? Simply put, human activities are disrupting Earth’s ability to function. Yet despite surmounting evidence, influential voices–including our own president–claim nothing is happening and that scientists are deceiving us. But (believe it or not) […]

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The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency: ‘Breaking The Back’ Of The Climate

(CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING) Despite the fact the Earth just experienced its hottest year on record, climate change denials are foolishly becoming national policy as U.S. President Donald Trump signs one executive order after another reversing President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce carbon emissions. Given this stark divide between scientific fact and what our politicians will […]

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Rastacaps & Rover: Music That’s Jamaican Dogs Crazy

(DOGS/PETS) Dogs love reggae! Who knew?! According to researchers, dogs prefer reggae over any other genre of music. After placing heart monitors on shelter pups, reggae lowered their heart rates the most. Let’s face it, these fury friends are stressed out in shelters. They deserve to relax while they wait for their forever families. Read […]

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Elephants do fart, according to biologists. Photo Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Scientists Answer Burning Question: Which Animals Fart?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/ANIMAL FACTS) It may seem juvenile, but scientists across the world are working to answer the burning question: Does it fart? We all know that humans fart, but what about other animal species? If you’re curious to find out, there’s now a Twitter hashtag, #DoesItFart, circulating, along with a Google Spreadsheet listing all of […]

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Masters Of Disguise: Meet The Masquerading Spider

(SPIDERS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Matjaz Kunter, an investigator with the Evolutionary Zoology lab, accidentally stumbled upon a new species of spider. This unnamed arachnid disguises itself as a dead leaf, dangling in the wind. Researchers found that the spider’s back resembles a living, green leaf, while their underside is brown. In fact, their camouflage is so brilliant, […]

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Tickled Pink: Can Rats Experience Joy?

(RATS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Not a fan of rats? This new study might change your mind! Neuroscientists are tickling rats in an attempt to demonstrate the similarities between rats and humans when they’re tickled. Believe it or not, the rats loved being tickled so much, they would let out the rat-equivalent of laughter, jump for joy, and […]

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Does Your Dog Really Know What You’re Saying?

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Haven’t you ever wondered if man’s best friend actually knows what you’re saying? According to a new study, Fido may be smarter than you think! Similarly to humans, dogs use the left side of their brain to process language, but they use the right side of their brain to process intonation. So apparently […]

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A research primate at University of California, Berkeley, 1967. Photo Credit Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

No Such Thing As “Responsible” Research: Second Thoughts Of An Animal Researcher

(ANIMAL TESTING/RESEARCH ANIMALS) In 2011, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) put an end to biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees, claiming they deserved “special consideration and respect” as the closest human relative. But chimps are far from being the only nonhuman primates used in NIH research then, or now. An estimated 70,000 other primates […]

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7 Animals Who Are Smarter Than People

(SMART ANIMALS/ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Some animals have certain sets of skills and smarts that are mind-boggling. Mapping out where your family members are by smell? A photographic memory and the ability to recall number sequences? Traversing the world and home again with no guidance but the tip of your beak? These are just some examples of […]

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Watch for orb-weaving spiders to destroy their webs during an eclipse. The Golden Orb Weaver produces seven types of silk for its web. Photo Credit: CNN

No Arachnophobia Allowed! Using Spiders To Heal Humans

(SPIDERS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Professor Fritz Vollrath is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. His research from Oxford University takes the study of spiders to a whole new level. Through years of research he has found that the silk from spiders can be used to assist in several medical treatments. Can you imagine having a knee replacement using spider […]

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Is It Possible To Eat Meat Without Killing Animals?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) WASHINGTON— Uma S. Valeti, a cardiologist who trained at the Mayo Clinic, has developed an innovative way of farming meat without killing animals. This technique, which harvests animal cells in a laboratory, could transform the inhumane meat industry as we know it. Meat derived from slaughterhouses or animal farms can be packed […]

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When dogs show the whites of their eyes in a "half-moon" shape it can indicate stress.
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Too Much Puppy Love? Hugging It Out With Our Dogs

(DOGS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Is there a such thing as too much puppy love? As it turns out, hugging a dog could actually increase their stress levels. In a new study, psychology professor Dr. Stanley Coren analyzed a random sampling of 250 pictures of people hugging dogs and identified a number of specific signs indicating a dog’s […]

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Tickling Apes Teaches How Humans Aren’t So Special

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/HUMAN ANIMAL CONNECTION) Why are humans so eager to project their own feelings and experiences onto animals? In doing so, aren’t we forgetting that people are animals, too? Advanced skills once associated only with humans are actually found in many species, ranging from dolphins to wasps–thus defying the overall structure of the animal kingdom. […]

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<p>Chickens may be smarter than you think. Photo Credit: Shutterstock</p>

Who’s Smarter, The Chicken Or The Toddler?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Chickens are definitely smarter than they look, according to a very enlightening study. The domesticated fowl is able to apply logic, understand physics, navigate efficiently, and much more. Some of the chicken’s mental capabilities are usually only seen in children above the age of four, thus inferring that chickens may be smarter than your average […]

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