Plants and Animals

Why Does My Cat Wake Me Up So Early, and What Can I Do About It

Why Does My Cat Wake Me Up So Early, and What Can I Do About It

Your cat wakes you up at 4 a.m., and you have an important meeting in the morning. Why? What can you do to prevent this from happening again? Although cats originated for nighttime activities, they have adapted to human lives throughout domestication. Domestic cats are most active in the morning .....

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Anthropologist Believes Ancient Human Species Could Still Be Alive In the Forests of Flores Island

Anthropologist Believes Ancient Human Species Could Still Be Alive In the Forests of Flores Island

Archaeologists searching for evidence of modern human migration from Asia to Australia discovered a tiny, relatively intact skeleton of an extinct human species known as Homo floresiensis on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003. After the little, breakfast-guzzling critters from J.R.R. Tolkein.....

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First-Ever US Case of Harmful Plant-Pathogen Found In Common Weed in Florida

First-Ever US Case of Harmful Plant-Pathogen Found In Common Weed in Florida

For the first time in North America, a dangerous plant disease has been discovered. It’s the first time this phytoplasma illness has been detected on the continent, and it’s the first time it’s been observed in this host plant, according to Plant Health Progress, posing a new th.....

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Watch the First Komodo Dragons to Hatch in Australia in This Adorable Video

Watch the First Komodo Dragons to Hatch in Australia in This Adorable Video

Until today, no Komodo dragons have ever been successfully hatched in Australia. In a first for Australia, the Australian Reptile Park recently announced the arrival of three Komodo dragons. Komodo dragons are difficult to breed because their eggs must be nurtured for seven months. In that time, .....

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Tardigrades Can Hitch Rides On Snails to Get Around Faster

Tardigrades Can Hitch Rides On Snails to Get Around Faster

Despite their death-defying powers, tardigrades are terrible at traveling long distances, according to recent research, though the podgy tiny moss piglets may be able to overcome this handicap by hitching rides on snails. While snails are known for their sluggishness, the authors of the study pub.....

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Teenage Gorilla Addicted To Smartphones, But Are All Electronics for Animals Bad

Teenage Gorilla Addicted To Smartphones, But Are All Electronics for Animals Bad

Teenagers being distracted by phones is a typical occurrence nowadays, but not when the youngster in issue is Amare, a 16-year-old 188-kilogram (415-pound) gorilla. Amare is currently residing at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Countless visitors entering the glass enclosure to show hi.....

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Stranded Dolphin Dies in Texas after People Allegedly Tried To Ride It

Stranded Dolphin Dies in Texas after People Allegedly Tried To Ride It

On the Texas Gulf Coast last week, a dolphin that had been stranded on a beach died after a group of people forced it back into the water and began swimming with it. They are also suspected of attempting to ride the animal, which died before an animal rescue team arrived. Beachings of cetaceans a.....

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Squid Filmed Changing Color to Blend into Surroundings for the First Time

Squid Filmed Changing Color to Blend into Surroundings for the First Time

Squid have been witnessed adjusting their coloring to fit in with their environment for the first time in scientific history. You might be perplexed as to why it took the scientific world so long to notice this behavior, but once you see how excellent it is, it’s easy to see why no one saw .....

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Researchers Identified Over 5,500 New Viruses in the Ocean, Including a Missing Link in Viral Evolution

Researchers Identified Over 5,500 New Viruses in the Ocean, Including a Missing Link in Viral Evolution

THE MAJOR CONCEPT, According to a new study published in the journal Science, an investigation of the genetic material in the ocean has uncovered thousands of previously unknown RNA viruses and increased the number of phyla, or biological groups, of viruses thought to exist. The illnesses caused .....

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Palaeontologists Rejoice As Prehistoric Planet Presents a Realistic View of the Cretaceous

Palaeontologists Rejoice As Prehistoric Planet Presents a Realistic View of the Cretaceous

Documentaries on dinosaurs have always been difficult to make due to the fact that all of the creatures they focus on have been extinct for millions of years. However, the widely anticipated Prehistoric Planet has brought together the knowledge, abilities, and storytelling of modern-day scientist.....

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Monkeys Can Sense Their Own Heartbeats, an Ability Tied To Mental Health, Consciousness, and Memory in Humans

Monkeys Can Sense Their Own Heartbeats, an Ability Tied To Mental Health, Consciousness, and Memory in Humans

THE MAJOR CONCEPT, According to new research, Rhesus monkeys have a sensation of when their own hearts are beating. Interoception is the ability to detect one’s own physiological conditions, such as heartbeat, respiration, or flushing cheeks. Animals can be trained to do activities that exh.....

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New Magic Mushroom Species Discovered In Australian Wilderness

New Magic Mushroom Species Discovered In Australian Wilderness

A new type of magic mushroom has been discovered deep in the Australian bush, but experts aren’t sure where it is. Dr Alistair McTaggart, a fungal genetics researcher at the University of Queensland, found the mystery mushroom while sifting through soil samples from Australia’s Northe.....

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