By: Robin Lamb
Edinburgh Zoo has tentatively announced that Tian Tian, its female giant panda, may be pregnant. This is exciting news, as the species is one of nature’s most endangered creatures and only a handful have been born in captivity. Wildlife experts say that there may...
New mammal discovered living in Andean cloud forest
By: Sun Meilan
It is quite expected that new breeds of amphibians and insects will be found occasionally, but it is very rare to find a new breed of mammal, especially a carnivorous one. That is why the discovery of the olinguito has excited so many scientists. According...
Could genetic engineering affect evolution?
By: The Renegade
Genetic engineering is going to alter humanity's future evolution. There is no avoiding this fact. The debate over whether we should or should not engage in genetic engineering is completely moot. If we can do it, we will, and no amount of legislation, moral arguments...
Mysterious sea creature in Spain leaves scientists scratching their heads
By: Leigh Goessl
A mysterious horned sea monster had the world baffled after it recently washed up on a beach in Spain. Already decomposed, the corpse of the unknown creature appeared on the Luis Siret Beach in the Andalusian village of Villaricos. It had been initially found by...
Study: Wolves 'howl' to maintain contact with other familiar wolves
By: Sun Meilan
The howl of wolves has fascinated scientists for decades. It has always been presumed to be a way of maintaining contact with other wolves, but for a long time, it was also thought that wolves howl when they are stressed. Making a noise to attract...
By: Michael Totten
Epigenetics is the study of heritable factors which are not directly based on the genetic code. In addition to non-genetic “cellular memory,” which records developmental and environmental cues for DNA and RNA expression, epigenetics also covers heredity in molecules other than DNA and...
By: Michael Prather - 660563
Perhaps the single most breathtaking aquatic sight on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef, has been named one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Stretching 3,000 km along Australia’s coast, the reef is home to more than 1,500 species of tropical...
How persistent organic pollutants threaten killer whale populations
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
The oceans of the earth are contaminated with many things. The main toxins that are currently alarming for the orcas are the persistent organic pollutants (POPS). Contaminants that fall under this umbrella are PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls), PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), dioxins and furans...
By: Ken Grant
Killer whale populations are endemic to all of the world’s oceans. These animals, also referred to as the orca or orca whale, have a broad range of food sources, which include fish, marine animals and other whales. These whales have no natural predators and...
'Supergiant' crustaceans found in ocean depths
By: Leigh Goessl
A remarkable discovery was made near New Zealand under the deep seas of Kermadec Trench. While on an expedition to explore the ocean depths, scientists from the United Kingdom and New Zealand had laid a trap about four miles (6.4 kilometers) down. What they...

 

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