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Why Do Roosters Crow?

Why Do Roosters Crow?

Karl Smallwood January 29, 2015 0

Noah A. asks: Why do roosters crow in the morning? Next to the bark of a dog or the gentle meowing of a cat, the crow of a rooster is one of the most

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What Do Cockroaches Eat and Where Do They Live When There are No Houses Around?

What Do Cockroaches Eat and Where Do They Live When There are No Houses Around?

Melissa January 13, 2015 4

Soshi K. asks: What do cockroaches eat and where do they live when not in our houses? Sneaky and skittering, invasive and indomitable, the disgusting peridomestic cockroach is a formidable enemy for anyone unlucky

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The Fish That Talk with Farts

The Fish That Talk with Farts

Melissa January 8, 2015 2

In addition to being an occasional biological necessity, human flatulence has served a variety of uses, including as a way to clear a room, entertain friends, torture a sibling, and tease a child (pull

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The Truth About Snakebites and Sucking Out the Venom

The Truth About Snakebites and Sucking Out the Venom

Melissa December 1, 2014 1

Karen C. asks: True or false, you should suck the venom out of a snakebite after someone gets bitten? There are a number of productive things you can do to help a snakebite victim;

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How Do Clams Reproduce?

How Do Clams Reproduce?

Melissa November 21, 2014 0

F. Whisten asks: Is it true that all clams are male? If so, how do they reproduce? Encased in a hard shell, brainless and possessing only a single limb (a retractable foot that looks

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Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Why Don’t Birds’ Legs Freeze?

Karl Smallwood November 17, 2014 3

Eddie C. asks: How do ducks and other birds keep their feet from getting frostbite in the winter? How a bird reacts to the cold depends on what kind of a bird it is

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How is Silk Made?

How is Silk Made?

Melissa October 31, 2014 4

Mark D. asks: How do they make real silk from worms? One of the softest fabrics on the planet, shiny, breathable and comfortable, silk has been a highly prized cloth since it was first harvested

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How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

How Birds Grip Things When They Sleep

Melissa October 27, 2014 6

Abi W. asks: Why don’t birds fall off branches when they sleep? Everyone needs sleep, but for many birds, by necessity this has to happen while perched on a branch or other place that

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Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Why Don’t Vultures Get Sick When Eating Dead Things?

Karl Smallwood October 22, 2014 6

Scott K. asks: Why don’t vultures get sick when eating dead things? How come humans can’t do the same? As an animal that is synonymous with death and disease, the vulture understandably has a

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Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Are There Any Animals Other Than Humans That Commit Suicide?

Karl Smallwood October 16, 2014 1

Mark I. asks: Are there any known animals other than humans that intentionally commit suicide? Animal suicide is a hugely controversial issue in the world of animal research and psychology, because although there are

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The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

The Life Saving Animal Blood Worth $60,000 Per Gallon and the Truth About the Colour of Spider Blood

Karl Smallwood September 17, 2014 5

Kay P. asks: Is spider blood really blue? When it comes to spiders, people generally know two facts about them- that you swallow around eight of them per year and that their blood is

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A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

A Murder of Crows And the Exploding Toad Epidemic

Melissa September 2, 2014 3

In the spring of 2005 during their mating season, toads in Germany and Denmark began exploding. Spewing guts, blood and skin for nearly a yard in every direction; the disturbing phenomenon at first baffled

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Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Five War Heroes Who Also Happened to Be Dogs

Matt Blitz August 21, 2014 0

  Heroes come in many forms; some are even furry and four-legged. Due in part to their superior ability to sniff and hear trouble, dogs have long been a fantastic ally and a great

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Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Why Deer Freeze in Headlights

Melissa August 13, 2014 2

D. Peterson asks: Why do deer always seem to freeze in headlights instead of keep running? Less a function of fear than bewilderment, simply put, deer freeze in headlights because they can’t see. Deer

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Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Spiders and Webs – Why Don’t They Get Stuck?

Melissa August 5, 2014 1

Moths, beetles and flies all get caught in spider webs, but you almost never see a spider unable to extricate herself from one. Here’s why. The Web When a spider makes an orb web,

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The Skin of an African Elephant

The Skin of an African Elephant

Melissa July 2, 2014 2

When you consider their size and how much they have to keep under wraps, African elephants have surprisingly thin skin, relatively speaking. Holding Everything In Across most of their bodies, an African elephant’s skin

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The “Kill It With Fire” Asian Giant Hornet

The “Kill It With Fire” Asian Giant Hornet

Melissa May 23, 2014 0

At nearly twice the size of its nearest relatives and holding enough venom to kill a man, the Asian Giant Hornet is a menace to people, bees and wasps alike. Eusocial, like other stinging

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Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate

Emily Upton May 14, 2014 3

Today I found out that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate. Dung beetles have long surprised scientists with their remarkable navigation abilities, despite the relatively small sizes of their brains. Scientists have

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