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Russian desman videos, photos and facts - Desmana moschata

Friday, October 24, 2014
Category: Nature

From www.arkive.org

Desmans belong to the same family as moles but are adapted for a more aquatic lifestyle. They posses a similar long, cylindrical body, but the tail is longer and flatter than that of a mole and is broadened by a fringe of stiff hairs (3).

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Mindsuckers - National Geographic Magazine

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

It is as astonishing as it is sad to watch a ladybug turn into a zombie. Normally ladybugs are sophisticated and voracious predators. A single individual may devour several thousand aphids in a lifetime.

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The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon - Issue 18: Genius - Nautilus

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From nautil.us

Toronto resident Simon Treadwell wheeled a garbage bin onto a snow-bound lot next to his property one evening this past winter. Inside the bin was a smelly mixture of wet and dry cat food, sardines, and fried chicken.

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Brown Bears, Brown Bear Pictures, Brown Bear Facts - National Geographic

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Category: Nature

From animals.nationalgeographic.com

These omnivorous giants tend to be solitary animals, except for females and their cubs, but at times they do congregate. Dramatic gatherings can be seen at prime Alaskan fishing spots when the salmon swim upstream for summer spawning.

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Dolphins Call Each Other By Name : Discovery News

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Category: Nature

From news.discovery.com

“Animals produced copies when they were separated from a close associate and this supports our belief that dolphins copy another animal’s signature whistle when they want to reunite with that specific individual,” lead author Stephanie King of the University of St.

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Four Volcanoes Erupting Concurrently on Kamchatka Peninsula - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Category: Nature

From www.spiegel.de

A unique show is taking place on Kamchatka these days: Four separate but nearby volcanoes are erupting simultaneously on the Russian peninsula. A Moscow film crew has produced an awe-inspiring 360-degree video of the natural fireworks.

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Skulls Engineered to Take Hard Knocks - NYTimes.com

Friday, October 12, 2012
Category: Nature

From www.nytimes.com

The brains of most animals that are prone to head banging — these include deer and other antlered mammals, as well as various birds — are relatively small and (unlike a human’s) smooth-surfaced; and they’re bathed in only small amounts of cerebrospinal fluid, leaving little room for the brain to move and be shocked by the sudden decelerations and accelerations of their weaponized heads.

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Stanford biologist and computer scientist discover the ′anternet′ School of Engineering

Monday, August 27, 2012
Category: Nature

From engineering.stanford.edu

On the surface, ants and the Internet don′t seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data.

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Testing wayward penguins in Brazil

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Category: Nature

From blogs.aljazeera.com

While it happens every year, about twice every decade more than the usual amount end up in Brazil. "Every four or five years there is an increase in the penguin population in Patagonia and the competition for food amongst them increases," Heliodoro said.

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