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Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

Dogs Ken and Henry were created using DNA plucked from the beloved pet of Paula and Phillip Dupont in Louisiana. Photo Credit: Edmund D. Fountain/NPR

12 Reasons You Don’t Want To Clone Your Pet

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) So maybe your animal, who was of course the best animal in the whole world, died, and you’d do anything to bring them back. You heard about cloning–it was so long ago that Dolly was cloned (1996, but announced 1997) that by now they should be able to clone your best friend with […]

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<p>Photo Credit: Fast Company</p>

Thank Your Pet For These Modern Marvels

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) While it’s easy to note the emotional impact pets have on humans, these animal companions have also influenced the science world on many occasions, being the inspiration behind numerous modern marvels and scientific breakthroughs. Read on to unveil how dogs and cats have provided creative inspiration for some of the most recognizable products in […]

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<p>The Red Sea roving coralgrouper can use "sign language" to hunt. Photo Credit: Klaus Jost, University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web</p>

Can Fish Use Sign Language?

(FISH/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Two types of fish—grouper and coral trout—have been found to use sign language to help out their hunting buddies. A study revealed the fish are able to “point” their heads toward prey to alert their partners in crime where their next meal is hiding. After studying gesturing grouper in the wild, researchers found […]

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Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor?

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Studies show that our great ape relatives, from chimpanzees to gorillas, experience pant-like laughter when positively stimulated. These extremely intelligent beings are also known to have great senses of humor, and are able to crack their own jokes. It was also discovered that rats experience something close to laughter when they are being […]

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Toads may gather into groups before a quake occurs. Photo credit: BBC Nature

Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) CHINA — While studies have shown dogs can possibly predict earthquakes, Chinese government researchers believe that other animals such as chickens, fish, and toads may also be capable of predicting quakes. — Global Animal

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<p>A new study explains why penguins have lost their ability to fly. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons</p>

Why Penguins Can’t Fly

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/PENGUINS) Millions of years ago, penguins lost their ability to fly, and now scientists finally know why. The tuxedoed birds are some of the best divers out there, but unfortunately good flippers don’t make for good flyers. Scientists say, once penguins sacrificed flight, their wings and body size most likely evolved quite rapidly since […]

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<p>Photo credit: David Pruter</p>

15 Weird Animal Facts!

(WEIRD ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Have you ever wondered how fish communicate? Or why you just can’t shake those pesky mosquitoes? There are so many things that we still don’t know about our friends in the animal kingdom, but we learn new, fun, and weird animal facts all the time. Check out these facts about animals, […]

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<p>Mother goats remember their kids' voices a year after separation. Photo Credit: Brian Squibb</p>

A Mama Goat Never Forgets

(MOTHER’S DAY/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Many mammal moms recognize their babies’ cries during the post-birth and nursing periods, but it can be difficult to observe whether those bonds last over time. However, according to new research, mother goats are able to recognize their babies’ bleats at least a year after separation. Read on to learn more about […]

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