September 28, 2012
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From where does a tabby cat get its stripes? The same place cheetahs get their spots. A new study finds the same gene that is responsible for the cheetah’s color patterns causes a tabby’s stripes. Mutations in this newly identified gene transform a tabby’s typical striped pattern into a less familiar “blotched” look. In cheetahs, similar mutations smear spots into thick stripes.
September 27, 2012
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This is the long elusive poodle moth. Dr. Arthur Anker, snapped this photo in Venezuela. He’s a specialist interested in “taxonomy, diversity and phylogeny” of shrimp and insects and shared the discovery with the world on his Flickr page. When a new species is discovered, science has to find where it fits with other species. As they’ve never seen the poodle moth before, scientists will use apparent evolutionary steps to create theories as to it’s evolution. This simple photo sparked a wide scientific debate in the entomological community.
September 25, 2012
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Bob Barrett gives Florida kids pool parties they’ll never forget — because they get to swim with real live alligators. Jump houses? Pizza parties? Boring, says Barrett. “You jump for a while and that’s it, we’ve had that party before,” he told the Daily News. “Clown party, Chuck E. Cheese party, they’ve all been done.” Barrett, who runs Alligator Attractions in Madeira Beach — where visitors get to hold gators — was already bringing his reptiles around to birthday parties when he was inspired to take the next step.
September 23, 2012
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Here’s a new take on an old game! Photographer Seth Casteel has dogs go fetch … head first into water. The end result of this deceptive game is a hilarious snapshot of adorable pooches underwater. The images have been compiled into a 2013 calendar that will be released on Oct. 23, 2012.
September 20, 2012
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Tripping on a banana peel is the oldest sight gag in the book, but it can be enough to get apes giggling.
September 19, 2012
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Sharks are color blind, new research suggests, with the toothy predators likely forever seeing the world in black and white. The study, published in the latest Royal Society Biology Letters, is the first to investigate the genetic basis and spectral tuning of the shark visual system. The ramifications could be huge, helping to save both sharks and people.
September 18, 2012
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A giant panda lent to the United States by China and living at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. l has given birth to a cub, zoo officials said Monday. The birth occurred at about 10:46 pm local time Sunday, according to the zoo’s chief veterinarian, Suzan Murray. During a press conference at the National Zoo on Monday, Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo said, “We have pandas for research opportunities” and now that we have a cub, they will have even more to study. Mei Xiang, as the mom panda is called, “is cradling her cub closely, and she looks so tired,” Murray said in a statement.