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10/13/16

Spiders can hear you coming (6:08)



Like they needed to be any scarier


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11/24/15

We have a new GMO: genetically modified ...

mosquitoes


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6/18/14

What else do spiders catch and eat?

Would you believe ... fish?




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11/26/13

Science has yet to explain the attraction
that some girls have to "Bad Boys."
Heck, they still haven't figured out how to explain
the often fatal attraction that some guys have to ...

"Bad Girls"




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10/8/12

Preserved in amber: a spider attacking a wasp captured in its web ...
100 million years ago.




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9/26/12

Enslaved ants rebel against their masters




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9/26/12

Ever wondered what an insect looked like ... 300 million years ago?




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8/3/12

Here is a fascinating story of interspecies dependency and competition:
the picture below shows an Azteca Ant attacking a beetle
which is preying upon the 'green coffee scale' insects on which the ants depend.




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4/25/11

File this under "Animals are aMAZing"

How fire ants survive a flood


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Land Animals


11/9/16

The Peregrine Falcon holds the world record in the animal kingdom
for the highest speed ever attained in the skies (over 200 mph).
However, that speed occurs when the bird is diving (gravity-assisted).
So which animal holds the record (over 100 mph) for horizontal flight speed?

Hint: it ain't a bird


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10/6/16

The more we learn about our fellow great apes ...

the more we discover just how smart they really are


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8/22/16

Even chimps understand that cooperation is preferable to competition.



Based on human history and current events,
a strong case could be made that the iconic procession of images
from chimp-like creature to an upright walking human ...

might be backwards


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12/16/15

In another embarrassment for Ayn Rand's Objectivists ...

even dogs demonstrate altruism

What could be more humiliating than being outperformed by a dog in a test of ...

being human


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3/3/15

Scientists have learned that crows
are among the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom.
(I would dare to add: smarter than some people)

Now we have evidence that they also possess a strong moral sense ...

(I would dare to add: more than many people)


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6/6/14

Creationists would rather commit hara-kiri
than admit that humans evolved from apelike mammals.
But after reading the story below,
I think it's the chimps who should be offended ...

at being compared to humans

And I don't even want to try to imagine
how bad the chimps would have humiliated Creationists.


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5/28/14

Extinction of the world's megafauna has often been blamed on climate change.

So who is really to blame?

Yep, the usual suspects ... humans


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5/1/14

African "drongos" (black birds) imitate dozens of different warning sounds

to trick animals into abandoning their food


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2/4/14

You won't believe how smart this crow is (3:19)




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1/9/14

An eagle ... fishing (2:52)




Now - imagine if this eagle met this guy ...



Place your bets lady and gentlemen.

Incredible science videos like that last one can give a skeptical thinker pause;
which brings up an interesting side note:

Many years ago, a magazine that I trusted "Discover"
ran a story about "Hotheads."
They were carnivorous mole rats who gathered beneath people and animals
who were traversing thin ice in the arctic.
The group could produce enough heat with their heads
(hence the term "Hotheads")
to melt the ice and deliver their dinner to them.

It turned out to be an April Fools prank.
But they didn't bother to note that after the story.
Based on all the incredible things that I've learned about the animal world
(like the bird-catching fish above),
I tended to accept even bizarre stories when they were from reputable sources.

It was quite embarrassing to find out later that I had been fooled.

Hotheads


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8/29/13

Terror bird may have been a herbivore




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2/15/13

Altruism in Meerkats

What an embarrassment for Objectivists: even lowly Meerkats get it.


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1/14/13

An embarrassment for many humans ...

even chimps pass 'fairness test'


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11/12/12

And the winner of the 2012 biggest "Duh" research award is ...

Captive animals show signs of boredom


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11/8/12



After reading the story, now you can ...

watch this snake in action (5:00)


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9/25/12

Why it won't be so easy to regenerate limbs like salamanders do.




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4/10/12

Measuring traits in animals which are usually associated only with humans



What's embarrassing is how many of these animals are more human ...

than many humans


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2/9/12

Genesis 3:16 - To the woman He said,
"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth,
in pain you will bring forth children ....
"

I think a Hyena must have stolen fruit from God's favorite tree


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9/12/07

The "Einstein" of parrots has passed away (2:40)




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Marine Life


9/21/16

Scientists are unlocking the secrets to the Tardigrade's incredible powers.
Also known as "Water Bears" these hardy survivalists can withstand
boiling temperatures; temperatures near absolute zero;
and even survive outside spacecraft while being bombarded by radiation.




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6/24/16

It's amazing how smart fish can be ... even without a cerebral cortex




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4/4/16

The most powerful bite in the animal kingdom ... explained




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2/9/16

Meet the new "Toughest guy on the block"




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10/9/15

Check out this guy:

The Good News: It can live forever
The Bad News: It defecates through its mouth ... forever




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4/15/15

As if it weren't already difficult enough to study the distant past
now we find out that we also have to contend with ...

bone-eating worms


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3/20/15

Okay, because it is so tiny, maybe you weren't all that impressed
when I told you about an animal that could theoretically live forever
(the hydra)

But how about one that could live forever, and ...

grow to the size of a whale




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3/4/15

Do fish drink water?
(2:26)




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12/19/14

Scientists discover a fish that lives below 8,000 meters
(a new world record)

Watch it swim (3:00)


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11/16/14

I thought humans were the only creatures depraved enough
to attempt to have sex outside of their biological class.

But apparently ... we are not alone in our depravity


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12/4/13

The more science delves into the intelligence of animals ...
the smarter we find that they are.
What's the latest animal to be removed from the moron list?

Crocodiles


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10/1/13

Imagine an intelligent alien with a brain that is distributed throughout its many arms.
Well that alien lives right here on Earth ... right now.




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6/12/13

Men can store their sperm, thus giving life after they are gone

Guppies can do the same thing ... without all the technology


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6/6/13

Sea slugs exhibit cognitive ability.




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2/26/13

This video will test your gag reflex (2:35)




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2/7/13

Salmon are amazing creatures




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11/13/12

Science proves the Bible wrong again.



The existence of the hydra is scientific proof
that Jesus Christ is not the only path to eternal life.


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9/5/12

No, this is not a menu.
These crabs see in ultraviolet light.




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6/09/12

Discovery of a century-old penguin study shocks scientists.
They exhibited many of the same criminally sexual behaviors found in police stories.

Perverted Penguins

I thought the most interesting part of the story was when they discussed the fact
that it was not published in order to "preserve decency."
How does hiding the truth about animal behavior preserve human decency?

Your guess is as good as mine.
Besides, since World War 1 began the next year,
I would offer that human decency could only go in one direction ...
even if it mimicked penguins.


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