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The Amazing Salty and Roselle

The Amazing Salty and Roselle

Emily Upton September 11, 2013 2

There were many heroes who surfaced twelve years ago on September 11, helping people in need as the Twin Towers crumbled around them. Two you probably haven’t heard of were Salty and Roselle, guide

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Wombat Poop is Cubic and Other Fascinating Wombat Facts

Wombat Poop is Cubic and Other Fascinating Wombat Facts

Karl Smallwood September 3, 2013 0

The common wombat (AKA, Vombatus ursinus) is an Australian marsupial with a unique claim to fame. You see, the common wombat and its two cousins, the Northern hairy-nose wombat and the Southern hairy-nose wombat, all

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Chickens Were Initially Domesticated for Cockfighting, Not Food

Chickens Were Initially Domesticated for Cockfighting, Not Food

Melissa August 30, 2013 4

Anyone who’s been chased around the yard by a pissed off chicken knows these birds are neither purposeless nor fearful. Descended from some of the fiercest creatures ever to roam the planet, the blood

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Bumblebee Flight Does Not Violate the Laws of Physics

Bumblebee Flight Does Not Violate the Laws of Physics

Karl Smallwood August 1, 2013 8

Myth: Bumblebee’s shouldn’t be able to fly. There’s an oft repeated “fact” that the humble bumblebee defies all known laws of physics every time it flaps its tiny little bee wings and ascends to

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The Parasite that Becomes a Tongue

The Parasite that Becomes a Tongue

Melissa July 30, 2013 1

In warm Pacific waters from the Gulf of California to the Gulf of Guayaquil thrives a parasite that has a very twisted relationship with its host. The Tongue-Eating Louse A member of the family

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Elephants Really Do Have Exceptionally Good Memories

Elephants Really Do Have Exceptionally Good Memories

Emily Upton July 22, 2013 1

Hannah asks: Do elephants really “never forget”? It is obviously impossible to say that elephants never forget anything- and it seems likely they do forget things- but studies have shown that elephants do have

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The Chicken Who Lived Without His Head for 18 Months

The Chicken Who Lived Without His Head for 18 Months

Staci Lehman July 19, 2013 4

It turns out it’s not just politicians that can live without brains, a chicken named Mike lived without his entire head for 18 months! Mike the Headless Chicken was a Wyandotte chicken that was

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Why the Dodo Went Extinct

Why the Dodo Went Extinct

Karl Smallwood June 28, 2013 7

The dodo, or Raphus cucullatus if you want to get fancy, is an extinct species of flightless bird that was native to the tiny island nation of Mauritius before it sadly died out. But enough

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The Difference Between a Pony and a Horse

The Difference Between a Pony and a Horse

Terynn Boulton June 21, 2013 0

F. Morse asks: What is the difference between a horse and a pony? Ponies and horses are both equines. In general, a horse is an equine that stands about 14.2 hands high or more 

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Dogs and Cats are Typically Right or Left Pawed

Dogs and Cats are Typically Right or Left Pawed

Daven Hiskey June 17, 2013 1

Today I Found Out dogs and cats are typically right pawed or left pawed. This is according to two studies, one done at the Ataturk University in Turkey (in 1991) and another at the

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The Cicada Invasion is Here

The Cicada Invasion is Here

Jeremy Megraw May 30, 2013 1

They’re coming. If you live on the Eastern seaboard of North America, prepare this summer for a large-scale invasion of a species of cicada (“cicada” being the Latin for “tree cricket”) that hasn’t happened in

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Why and How a Cat Purrs

Why and How a Cat Purrs

Emily Upton May 27, 2013 6

Rachel asks: Why and how do cats purr? As any cat owner—or even someone who’s seen a cat—knows, cats often purr when they’re being petted or getting their chin scratched. They also purr when

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12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhinoceroses

12 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Rhinoceroses

Melissa May 15, 2013 3

Rhinos are lovable lummoxes, herbivores who roam grasslands and forests nibbling on foliage, fruit and grasses. When left alone, they can live for over 40 years in the wild. Able to reach speeds of

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The “Australian” Shepherd Breed was Developed in America

The “Australian” Shepherd Breed was Developed in America

Corinna Underwood May 9, 2013 1

Today I Found Out the Australian Shepherd breed of dog was developed in the United States, not Australia. The Australian Shepherd is a popular breed throughout the United States, prized for its intelligence and

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The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

The Amazing Tardigrade- The Toughest Known Creature on Earth and Beyond

Jeremy Megraw May 7, 2013 4

It is surely the stuff of science fiction: An extraordinary being arrives on Earth that can withstand a tortuous array of conditions: boiling, freezing, tremendous atmospheric pressure, near total dehydration, and exposure to massive

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The Bizarre World of Animal Reproduction

The Bizarre World of Animal Reproduction

Melissa April 12, 2013 0

As weird and whacky as some human mating practices can sometimes be, other animals’ reproductive habits can be even stranger at times.  While one species gives birth through a penis, another’s testicles’ explode after

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Canary Birds Were Named After the Canary Islands, Not the Other Way Around

Canary Birds Were Named After the Canary Islands, Not the Other Way Around

Jeremy Megraw April 8, 2013 3

When one hears “Canary Islands” who doesn’t think of a colorful chorus of birds in the local pet shop or that bright yellow soul swinging in the living room? While most of us assume

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The 3.5 Ounce Bird That Migrates About 44,000 Miles Per Year

The 3.5 Ounce Bird That Migrates About 44,000 Miles Per Year

Savannah Humes March 27, 2013 1

Of the nearly 10,000 species of birds, about 19% (1,850 species) are considered to be migratory. While there are a few species that traverse long distances, the 13-15 inch, 3.5 ounce Arctic Tern takes

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