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  • The mantis shrimp is all about peace... until someone starts a fight. Then it's hammer time.

    Mantis shrimp prefer peaceful resolutions 17 Jan '18, 6pm

    Despite having a powerful punch, mantis shrimp don't want fight their way out of a conflict. In fact, when facing down another mantis shrimp, the dispute is often settled through a series of thought processes and communication "phases" instead of trading blows. And that's a good thing...

  • What if your pet could really 'talk' to you?

    What if your pet could really 'talk' to you? 17 Jan '18, 5pm

    With this new technology, you wouldn't have to read your dog's mind. (Photo: Olesya Kuznetsova/Shutterstock) Sometimes you wish you could read your pet's mind. Why does your dog hide when the vacuum cleaner comes out but bark like mad at the dishwasher? How come your cat sometimes tur...

  • Why you should care about the grass cows eat | MNN - Mother Nature Network

    Why you should care about the grass cows eat 16 Jan '18, 9pm

    Demand for grass-fed beef has been rising for quite some time, even though it can be twice as expensive as conventional beef. Many consumers prefer it over conventionally raised beef for several reasons, including that it comes from cows that were raised on diets more suited to their ...

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  • The rusty-spotted cat is the world's smallest (and most adorable) big cat | MNN - Mother Nature Network

    The rusty-spotted cat is the world's smallest (and most adorable) big cat 16 Jan '18, 7pm

    About half the size of a domestic kitty, the tiny rusty-spotted cat is the most minuscule member of the big cat family. The photogenic feline is only between 13-18 inches from its head to the base of its tail and weighs between 1.7 and 3.5 pounds. But what it lacks in size, it makes u...

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  • In Oymyakon, Russia, school isn't canceled until the temp reaches minus 52.

    Oymyakon, Russia | 8 of the coldest places in the world to live 16 Jan '18, 2pm

    Folks in Oymyakon take exception whenever Verkhoyansk lays claim to being the coldest location in the Northern Hemisphere, pointing out that they recorded a low of minus 90 degrees F (minus 67.8 degrees C) on Feb. 6, 1933. Depending on whom you ask, 500 to 800 people call Oymyakon hom...

  • 9 photos celebrating the snowy owl irruption 16 Jan '18, 4pm

    Keller, a retiree who photographs birds and wildlife on a daily basis, has been one of the more avid watchers, and he has captured beautiful portraits and interesting behaviors with his camera. "My most memorable moment photographing these owls has to be the morning I had two owls fig...

  • TY4RT @VirtualOfficesU ! Hunting for new species—online!

    Why scientists want you to take a picture of the spider that freaked you out 17 Jan '18, 11am

    Ever get the feeling that something lying around your house could be worth something? The road to riches doesn’t often play out like an episode of "Antiques Roadshow" — but sometimes you find a different kind of wealth hiding in unexpected places. In recent years, people have been tak...

  • These newly discovered 'pelican spiders' resemble pelicans for a good reason 15 Jan '18, 4pm

    If something seems strange about the tiny pelican pictured above, that's because it isn't a pelican. It's a "pelican spider," one of 18 newly discovered arachnid species from Madagascar that bear an uncanny resemblance to their namesake seabirds. The 18 previously unknown species are ...

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