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Researchers See Eagle Torturing Bat by Repeatedly Dropping It in the Ocean

White-bellied sea eagles are majestic, keen-eyed predators that soar effortlessly above coastal forests and marshes. They can also be colossal jerks. These eagles were recently spotted tormenting an innocent fruit bat, repeatedly carrying it out to sea and dropping it into the waves. Read More >>

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These Crows Evolved Into a New Species, Boned the Old Species Too Much, Now Back Where They Started

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, a glacier advanced upon the Pacific Northwest, its ice forming a natural barrier that fractured crows into two populations. These populations began to diverge into two separate species, which ornithologists decided were distinguishable by small differences in body measurements and the sounds they made. At least, that’s what they thought. Read More >>

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Mongooses Stink Less, Have Bigger Balls After Invading Islands

Over the last 150 years, the males of certain invasive mongooses have undergone some serious tweaks to their sexual anatomy. New research suggests that the mongooses’ anal pads – which produce a scent that is apparently very alluring to female mongooses – have become comparatively shrunken, while their testicles have gotten bigger. Read More >>

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US Food and Drug Administration Now Lets Lab Animals Go Up For Adoption

Animal testing, while still controversial, is now a little less macabre thanks to a recent policy amendment by the US Food and Drug Administration. Read More >>

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Four Endangered Gorillas Killed By Lightning Strike in Bizarre Accident

Four rare mountain gorillas have died after being struck by lightning in an equal parts peculiar and unfortunate turn of events for an endangered species that only recently topped 1,000 individuals. Read More >>

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Beaked Whales Use Coordinated Stealth Mode to Evade Killer Orcas

Beaked whales are elite when it comes to their deep diving, but their echolocating clicks expose them to a dangerous predator: orcas. New research shows that groups of beaked whales can reduce predation risk by coordinating deep dives and stealthy ascents. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Polar Bears to Raise Babies

Polar bears are basically mascots of the environmental movement owing to the risks the climate crisis poses to them. And folks, they’re doing really, really badly! Read More >>

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Nighttime Camera Catches Coyote and Badger in Absolute Cahoots

Wild animals of different species going on adventures together is a fiction invented by animated films – or is it? A new video, in which a coyote and badger are seen travelling together at night, has us questioning reality as we know it. Read More >>

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Wild Grey Seals Clap Their Flippers Underwater to Communicate, New Research Suggests

Unprecedented video shows a male grey seal using its flippers to produce a loud sound underwater. Scientists say it could be a previously undocumented form of communication, in which the seals are using the sound to attract mates or ward off rivals. Read More >>

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National Trust Outsources Flood Management to Beavers

A pair of Eurasian beavers have been given their instructions and released on the edges of Exmoor, with estate managers hoping they do their usual thing and work wonders for the local wetland habitat. Read More >>

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Scientists Turned a Normal Jellyfish Into a Speedy Cyborg Jellyfish

Jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the ocean, albeit fairly slow ones. Researchers at Stanford University made a jellyfish swim three times faster by sticking a motor to it, creating a biohybrid robot with the jellyfish as the “scaffold.” Read More >>

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Pablo Escobar’s Horny Hippos Won’t Stop Shitting All Over Colombia

When the Colombian National Police killed cocaine kingpin and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar in 1993, they seized his enormous estate, including his sculpture garden, car collection, small airports, and personal zoo. They shipped most of the zoo animals off to other zoos, but they left dude’s four hippos to fend for themselves. Read More >>

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Why I Went Birdwatching at a Particle Physics Lab

We drove past the perfect-circle frozen pond delineating the Booster – the second in a sequence of Fermilab’s particle accelerators – and then onto the 2-mile ring road that traces the tunnel that houses the Main Injector accelerator. Along the road are unfrozen ponds filled with water used for cooling research equipment, where Canada geese have taken up residence by the hundreds. We stopped to scan for any rarer geese that might have joined the flock as several crows flew overhead. Read More >>

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What’s the Most Monogamous Animal?

Animals, we know, typically lack the hang-ups that make human mating so difficult. You won’t find a bonobo moping around, stewing in jealousy. Nor will you find a bonobo contentedly fucking his or her bonobo-spouse to the exclusion of all other viable bonobos for months or decades at a time. And though that particular species may take it to an extreme – mother-on-son action is not uncommon – their non-monogamous nature inheres in most of the rest of the animal kingdom. Only a minority of species operate on the one-partner model, and of these even fewer practice it on something like a human level. For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of experts for their take on the latter group’s most monogamous member. Read More >>

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Scientists Built a Robot From 40 Pigeon Feathers and It Flies Beautifully

Scientists seeking to understand the mechanics of bird flight have constructed PigeonBot, a robot made from 40 pigeon feathers (and a few other components). Read More >>