Elephants Can Outsniff Rats and Dogs
Elephants are Superior Smellers
July 22nd, 2014
Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell. In a study of 13 mammals, African elephants were found to be superior sniffers.
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Largest-Ever U.S. 'Critical Habitat' Set for Loggerheads
critical habitat, turtles, loggerheads
July 22nd, 2014
Huge swaths of sea are now protected, thanks to sea turtles.
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First Litter of Wild Wolf Pups Born in Mexico
A photo of a Mexican wolf in the wild
July 21st, 2014
For the first time in more than 30 years, a litter of wolf pups was born in the wild in Mexico, wildlife authorities announced. The birth of the first wild litter marks an "important step in the reintroduction program" for the species.
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Bats Use Polarized Light As a Nighttime Compass
Greater mouse-eared bat
July 22nd, 2014
Generally, polarized light is something you wear sunglasses to avoid, but for bats, the glare is actually useful.
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Secret Grizzly Bear Feeding Site Discovered (and Kept Hidden)
grizzly bear with salmon in its mouth
July 21st, 2014
A river teeming with spawning salmon lures grizzly bears from hundreds of miles away, new research suggests.
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Only Zoo Keepers Get to Feed the Penguins (Op-Ed)
Zookeeper Nora Beirne feeds red panda
July 22nd, 2014
Zoo keepers have an interesting job — some days you cuddle with endangered species, others you just try not to get bitten.
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Seals May Use Wind Farms as Hunting Grounds
A harbor seal tagged with a GPS phone tag as part of a study of offshore wind farms and seal hunting grounds.
July 21st, 2014
As the number of offshore wind farms continues to grow, the farms could affect both seals and their prey, say scientists who discovered the animals may use the giant wind farms as hunting grounds.
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Is it Better to Think Alone? Maybe Not (Op-Ed)
Man Alone in Room
July 20th, 2014
No one likes to think alone.
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