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How Do Other Animals Deal with the Umbilical Cord and Placenta When the Baby is Born?

How Do Other Animals Deal with the Umbilical Cord and Placenta When the Baby is Born?

Melissa March 6, 2015 0

Brandi N asks: How do other primates deal with the umbilical cord and placenta when the baby is born when they don’t have any sort of medical help to make sure everything’s handled right?

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Do Fish Sleep?

Do Fish Sleep?

Melissa March 3, 2015 0

Ryan K. asks: Given that they probably need to move their fins constantly to stay in place, do fish ever sleep? Less like sleep and more like suspended animation, most fish species do spend

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Why Gnats Swarm

Why Gnats Swarm

Melissa February 25, 2015 0

Gerry D. asks: Why do nats swarm in a ball in the air? A common sight in the spring and summer, the seemingly unprofitable and pointless habit of gnats to hover in a cloud

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Where the Word “Jumbo” Came From

Where the Word “Jumbo” Came From

Karl Smallwood February 19, 2015 1

Jim R. asks: Is it true that the word jumbo came from the name of an elephant? The word “jumbo” can roughly be understood to mean “a large specimen of its kind” and it’s often

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A Chicken Egg In a Chicken Egg in a Chicken- The Elusive Xzibit Egg

A Chicken Egg In a Chicken Egg in a Chicken- The Elusive Xzibit Egg

Karl Smallwood February 17, 2015 1

Unless you didn’t quite get enough info from the title- yes, it is entirely possible for a chicken to lay an egg that contains another fully developed egg, what we now officially dub an

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The Curious Tale of Turnspit Dogs

The Curious Tale of Turnspit Dogs

Karl Smallwood February 6, 2015 3

Considering how most dogs in the Western world these days are treated as a member of the family, it’s often easy to forget that the vast majority of our furry friends up until very

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A Space Race for the Dogs… and Monkeys and Fruit Flies

A Space Race for the Dogs… and Monkeys and Fruit Flies

Matt Blitz February 4, 2015 2

The first Earthlings sent into space were brave, calm under pressure, and heroic. They were also not human and many of them were furry. Yes, before Apollo 13, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Yuri

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The Bizarre Mating Practices of the Arabian Camel

The Bizarre Mating Practices of the Arabian Camel

Melissa February 2, 2015 1

Some people are into feet, others like dressing up in furry costumes, and a rare few will even get scatological (See: Mozart’s Much Less Family Friendly Works). But when it comes to weird sexual

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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 2

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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