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Why cats are crazy for catnip

By Sofia MoutinhoJan. 20, 2021 , 2:00 PM Minty chemical in catniplike plant activates their opioid systems—and acts as a mosquito repellent   Cat owners flood the internet with videos of their kitties euphorically rolling and flipping out over catnip-filled … Continue reading

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Electric eels work together to zap prey

The electric predators work in groups to herd and “zap” their prey in unison, scientists shocked to discover.   More than 200 years after the electric eel inspired the design of the first battery, it has been discovered that they … Continue reading

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Australian lungfish has largest genome of any animal sequenced so far | New Scientist

By Donna Lu The Australian lungfish’s genome is around 14 times larger than the human one, and its DNA confirms it is closely related to land-based animals with a backbone The Australian lungfish has the largest genome of any animal … Continue reading

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Bad omen? Tower of London raven missing, feared dead | Guardian

Merlina, known as the queen of the Tower of London’s ravens, has not been seen for weeks. Photograph: Tower of London/Twitter Legend says at least six ravens must be kept at the castle or the kingdom will fall One of … Continue reading

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Spectacular ‘tree of life’ found in Australian lake

Amateur photographer Derry Moroney stumbled across massive patterns in Lake Cakora, on Australia’s New South Wales north coast, while taking aerial photographs with his drone. Watch: Spectacular ‘tree of life’ found in Australian lake

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Running into WILD POLAR BEARS in Canada!

Filmed in October before the travel ban, and I had the most incredible experience with the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. If you ever get the chance to go up North, you have to go! You won’t regret it. … Continue reading

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A Question Hidden in the Platypus Genome: Are We the Weird Ones?

Researchers have produced the most comprehensive platypus genome yet, as well as that of another monotreme, an echidna. Is the platypus the paragon of mammals? Researchers have produced the most comprehensive genomes yet of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and echidna … Continue reading

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Treeline

Patagonia Films presents: Treeline. Follow a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings. Directed … Continue reading

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Boiúna | A Book of Creatures

Variations: Anaconda, Boi-úna, Cobra Grande, Cobra-grande, Eunectes murinus, Mae-d’agua, Mae-do-rio, Mboia-açu (“Large Snake”), Mboiúna; Mru-kra-o (Kayapo); Vai-bogo (Desana) Boiúna or Cobra Grande is one of the most widespread and polymorphic myths of the Amazon basin. The name is applied to concepts … Continue reading

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Man Spends 40 Years Planting a Tree on Barren Island Every Day | My Modern Met

By Kelly Richman-Abdou on August 9, 2018 This man has been planting a tree every day, since he was 16 years old, and now the fruitless island is a giant forest that’s bigger than Central Park.   In 1979, Jadav … Continue reading

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