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conjoined whales
Conjoined Whales Wash Up In Mexico: 'Exceptionally Rare' Gray Whale Calves May Have Been Miscarried
Jan 08, 2014 18:20 PM E
A pair of conjoined gray whales washed up in a lagoon in Baja California, Mexico, over the weekend. The conjoined whales are thought to be the first such documented case. Gray whales migrate to Baja California's lagoons in winter to mate and breed.
Seashell Removal
Shell Removal Is Destroying Habitats Globally: Seashell Collectors Aren't As Harmless As You'd Think
Jan 08, 2014 17:12 PM E
Shell collectors may actually be an ecological menace, stealing vital wildlife habitats by the ton, a new study concludes.
Dinosaur Tooth
Dinosaurs In Saudi Arabia: First Fossils Ever Found On Arabian Peninsula Are 72 Million-Year-Old Sauropod Bones
Jan 07, 2014 15:48 PM E
The Arabian Peninsula is notoriously stingy when it comes to coughing up dinosaur fossils, and until recently the massive country of Saudi Arabia was utterly without evidence that its soil had ever hosted dinosaur life.
Tusks of Elephants Killed for Their Ivory are Destroyed
China Crushes 6 Tons Of Elephant Tusks: US Fears Ivory Trade Funds Terrorism
Jan 07, 2014 13:53 PM E
China destroyed 6.2 metric tons of ivory and ivory sculptures in Dongguan, but the country's voracious demand for ivory is still upping the kill rate of elephants in Africa, where terrorists are getting in on the savage action.
Arists Rendering of the Bandringa
Ancient Shark Migrated From Fresh Water To The Seas: Long-Snouted Bandringa Shark Used River Deltas As Nurseries
Jan 07, 2014 12:03 PM E
Researchers have found evidence that the ancient Bandringa shark kept nurseries in river deltas, and then migrated from the fresh water to the salt water seas.
Bigfoot image
Bigfoot Hunter Rick Dyer Releases Photos Of Sasquatch He Supposedly Hunted And Killed in 2012 [PHOTO]
Jan 07, 2014 10:58 AM E
A Bigfoot hunter named Rick Dyer claims to have killed a Sasquatch in 2012 outside of San Antonio — and has the photos to prove it.
earthquake
Earthquake Lights: Mysterious Glow That Signals Quakes Is Linked To Rift Zones
Jan 06, 2014 18:04 PM E
A new study finds that earthquake lights, a phenomenon in which mysterious lights appear before quakes, are more likely to occur along continental rifts. Earthquake lights have been observed for centuries, but until recently they weren't taken seriously by scientists. Electrical charges in rocks cause the lights to appear, which can shoot up into the sky or run along the ground.
Lake Toba
What Triggers Supervolcanos? New Study Shows That Magma Pressure Alone Is Enough To Spark Devastation
Jan 06, 2014 16:52 PM E
Scientists had thought that something else must be at play when these super-massive eruptions go off, but new research shows that the intense pressure of extra magma alone is enough, without any help from external influence, such as earthquakes.
polar vortex
Polar Vortex 2014 Brings Rare, Widespread Arctic Freeze To Huge Swath Of US
Jan 06, 2014 15:59 PM E
The 2014 polar vortex has brought frigid temperatures to the U.S., with some of the lowest temperatures in 20 years. A polar vortex as large as the current one pushes south into the U.S. only once a decade or so. The frigid, below-zero temperatures should abate later this week.
This Cockroach is a Youngster
Cockroaches Originated In North America, Not Europe; Proof Comes From Amateur Fossil Find
Jan 06, 2014 08:56 AM E
An amateur fossil collector, David Kohl, found a specimen that has upended a long standing belief about cockroaches: it turns out the insects originated in the North America, and not Europe, as was previously thought.
Humpback Whales Increasingly Struck By Whale-Watching Tourist Boats
Injuring The Whales They Love To Watch: Tourist Boats Hitting More Humpbacks In Hawaii
Jan 04, 2014 15:41 PM E
Whale-watching tourist boats are being blamed for the increasing number of vessel collisions with humpback whales in waters around the Hawaiian islands.
blue petunia
Why Are Some Petunia Petals Blue? Genetic Defect Causes Cellular Pump To Fail
Jan 04, 2014 13:54 PM E
For about a century, researchers have wondered why some flowers' petals turn blue instead of their normal red or violet. Now, they've discovered that a defective cellular pump could be to blame.
A newly-discovered wasp that plays a significant role in the abundance of Aphids
Entomologists Discover Seven New Wasps — But They're All Real Pests
Jan 04, 2014 09:25 AM E
Seven newly-identified wasps in the Charipinae family have been around a long time making life harder for humans. We just didn't know it.
Dogs Align With Earth’s Magnetic Field When Pooping, But Scientists Have No Idea Why
Jan 03, 2014 10:49 AM E
When dogs squat to poop, they spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth's magnetic field, the researchers found. However, they do not know yet know why this habit is useful to them or what it means.
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