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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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.
Monday, August 29, 2011
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.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
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.
Friday, August 26, 2011
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.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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.
Monday, August 22, 2011
A man herding reindeer in Russia's Arctic found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
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.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
You'd have thought a fur coat would have been the ultimate bear necessity. But not for the unfortunate Dolores who has lost all her body hair and has just been left with a few tufts around her head.
Friday, August 19, 2011
A freakishly large lobster destined for the pot has instead found a new home in - where else? - Coney Island.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
An overcrowded prison in northeastern Brazil has added some low-tech feathered security to their facility to prevent unwanted escapes: two noisy geese.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
According to DigitalTrends, group of tech-savvy biologists and animal researchers have set up more than 400 hidden cameras out in the wild, and have captured tens of thousands of images of some of nature’s most elusive — and fearsome — creatures.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
It's not only people that consume vodka in Ukraine -- apparently bears have become addicted to the alcohol as well. Ukraine is planning to release about 80 vodka-drinking bears that had been tamed and used in restaurants as a form of entertainment.http://tinyurl.com/4xbk9na
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Recently, eccentric rocker Ozzy Osbourne paid $10,000 in an auction for an eight-week old Yorkshire terrier. Pricey? Not compared to the price tags of some of the pets out there. In fact, Ozzy was lucky to have paid so little. Just like with cars, purses, and jewelry, people with deep pockets will spend outrageous sums of money on animals.http://tinyurl.com/3ofre8z
Friday, August 12, 2011
An animal on a mission to escape from a Queens slaughterhouse on Wednesday led butchers on a chase through busy streets before being captured at a nearby college.http://tinyurl.com/3gl36df
Thursday, August 11, 2011
It sounds like the plot to a sequel of Samuel L Jackson's action film, Snakes on a Plane, but during a flight in America a bat caused panic among the passengers on-board.http://tinyurl.com/44te4e8
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Paleontologists have discovered a group of more than 20 polar dinosaur tracks on the coast of Victoria, Australia, offering a rare glimpse into animal behavior during the last period of pronounced global warming, about 105 million years ago.http://tinyurl.com/3ogffco
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A Golden Retriever therapy dog named Rosie, who is trained to help people when they are under stress, has been credited with helping a 15-year-old rape victim manage the courage to testify during an emotionally difficult trial in a New York courtroom.http://tinyurl.com/44oadp5
Monday, August 8, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
For years people blamed the strange crop circles in cornfields found around the world on aliens visiting our planet. But what Australian officials now say causes the patterns found in Australia might be even more bizarre: wallabies high on opium.http://tinyurl.com/3plz2fy
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Connecticut-area mariachi band "Mariachi Connecticut" were recently playing a wedding at the Mystic Aquarium when they walked by the facility's Beluga exhibit and decided play a little something for the whales.http://tinyurl.com/3eush9g
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
We thought this was a pretty obvious rule of thumb, but to be clear: Never kiss a shark on the lips. Shark Week may help promote understanding and respect for one of the most feared sea creatures, but for some people, it takes a (very) close encounter with a shark to learn the true power of these animals.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Looking for some motivation to start your workday? Or perhaps just a little mid-day distraction? A video of two-year-old Do Do the Chimpanzee, feeding Aorn, a two-month-old tiger cub will probably do the trick.http://tinyurl.com/3nm5wnp