Panda Poop To Produce Biofuels

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The waste of one of the world’s most endangered animals may hold the key to producing biofuels. The potency of the discovery had scientists talking about it at a major chemistry conference in Denver on Monday.

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Human Brain Wired to Notice Animals

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Surrounded by technology and urbanity though we may be, the human brain remains profoundly hard-wired to respond to animals.  When people are shown pictures of animals, specific parts of the amygdala — a structure central to pleasure and pain, fear and reward — react almost instantly.

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6 Things Animals Do Just Like Us

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Being a human is a pretty sweet gig, all things considered. We’ve got opposable thumbs so dexterous they could start their own Cirque du Soleil troupe and brains so ripped our skulls can barely contain them. But before you grab your dog and give him a triumphant “IN YOUR (FAITHFUL, ADORABLE) FACE!” you should know that some of the traits and behaviors that make us human are also demonstrated by other animals. Animals that apparently think they’re people.

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Hurricane Irene Pet Emergency Plan

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As Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast, it’s critical not to forget the livelihood of your pets in making preparation plans for the storm. Some 600,000 pets were killed or left homeless from Hurricane Katrina six years ago, reports HurricaneKatrinaRelief.com. Below are some top pet preparation tips to ensure their safety.

Dog Eats $10K Worth of Diamonds

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A Georgia dog apparently has a taste for the finer things in life.  The pooch dined on a meal of $10,000 worth of diamonds.

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Animals Go Wild Ahead of Quake

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The animals always know first.  Well before any humans ducked beneath desks or sought shelter in doorways on Tuesday, wildlife at the zoo started to react to the oncoming earthquake.

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Video: Tortoise Chases Man

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Tortoises might not be the first animals that come to mind when you think of high-speed chases, but don’t tell that to Cruiser the desert tortoise. He’s in hot pursuit of a man named Josef in a motorized chair and he’s determined to catch him — no matter how many laps around the backyard it takes.

http://tinyurl.com/3qbjwnh

Abandoned Dog Found With Divorce Note

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When Paul Wu of Kirkland, Washington backed out of his driveway, he was shocked to find a small, big-eyed dog blocking his way, King 5 News reported.

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40,000 Year Old Baby Mammoth Discovered

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A man herding reindeer in Russia’s Arctic found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth.

http://tinyurl.com/4yj7f96

How Elephants Use Insight to Solve Problems

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Highly social and clever and cooperative with tools, elephants are often near the top of the brainiest creatures list. Now, scientists have added a new talent to elephants’ mental repertoire: The ability to solve a problem using insight—that aha! moment when your internal light bulb switches on and you figure out the solution to a puzzle.

http://tinyurl.com/3vnqcbj

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