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Category: Life: Animals & Plants

Science Magazine: Corals can still grow their ‘bones’ in acid waters

Stony corals may be more resilient to ocean acidification than once thought, according to a Rutgers University study that shows they rely on proteins to help create their rock-hard skeletons.

BBC Earth: Great White Shark Attack And Breach

This some epic footage of one of Earth’s most feared predators, the Great White Shark. Cape Fur Seals leave their colony to go fishing each and every evening, but to reach the open sea they must cross a narrow strip of Water which is patrolled by the largest Predatory Fish on the Planet. From the …

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VOX: Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Cheetahs are fast, but the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on Earth. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals and it’s no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That’s faster than a 100 mph …

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Filmed on location by Roth Rind with a DJI Mavic Pro, this stunning drone footage tour of South Africa takes you from precarious cliff sides to the majestic Kruger National Park, one of the world’s largest game reserves covering an area of 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 sq mi). Music: African Skies (Stephen J. Anderson)  

A sucker for jellyfish: The unexpected prey of the seven-arm octopus

There is much we do not yet know about the deep parts of our oceans. What you can see in this video is a very rare sight. Researchers have now been successful in filming a seven-armed octopus called ‘Haliphron atlanticus’. It can grow up to four meters long and weigh almost 75 kilos. But because …

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BBC: Planet Earth | Amazing Kangaroo Technique To Stay Cool

Australia is the World’s most arid continent, and its blistering daytime heat can be a potential killer. Using thermal imaging, we are given a fascinating glimpse into how the Red Kangaroo cools their body temperatures and avoid the deadly effects of the midday Sun.  

Science Magazine: Hunting microbe wields a “gatling gun” harpoon

Biologists sometimes use the phrase “arms race” to describe an evolutionary tug-of-war, but it’s rarely this literal. Microbes called dinoflagellates (above) have developed intricate weapons—including a microscopic version of a Gatling gun—to harpoon their dinners, a new study shows. Single-celled organisms have intricate microscopic weapons evolved for capturing prey.  

Cambridge University: The Robber Fly – Top Gun of the fly world

The robber fly is the size of a grain of rice, but it could be described as the Top Gun of the fly world. It has the ability to spot and catch prey more than half a metre away in less than half a second. And it can do this because of its incredible eyes …

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Smithsonian Channel: Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time

After a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring. It’s a magical moment when the youngins experience the world for the first time–and photographers are there to capture it.  

Salk Institute: Salk scientists reverse signs of aging in mice

Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that intermittent expression of genes normally associated with an embryonic state can reverse the hallmarks of old age. This approach, which not only prompted human skin cells in a dish to look and behave young again, also resulted in the rejuvenation of mice with a premature aging disease, …

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National Geographic: Ghost Shark Caught on Camera for the First Time

Previously discovered in the deep sea near Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, researchers observed the pointy-nosed blue chimaera in the North Pacific for the first time in 2009. This footage was captured by a remotely operated vehicle as far as 6,700 feet below the ocean surface. Only recently were experts able to confirm that …

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BBC: Planet Earth II: Widowbirds bounce for attention

Comical widowbirds are made for an entertaining spectacle with their mating dance; using trimmed grass stems to create a stage (or “bachelor pad”, as Attenborough calls it), the birds perform aerobatic leaps to impress the ladies.  

Science Magazine: We Don’t Know: Magnetoreception

This episode explores animals’ ability to perceive magnetism or “magnetoreception.” We know from behavioral evidence that many organisms, from bacteria, to lobsters, to pigeons sense and respond to magnetic fields but we are just starting to learn how this works.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | The Blind Assassin Of The Desert

The Golden Mole is completely blind, but that has not hindered this deadly predator. It’s found an ingenious way of pinpointing prey in the desert using it’s exceptional hearing, and for best effect, it must burrow under the sand. This clip was taken from the Deserts episode of Planet Earth II.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | Iguana vs Snakes

Building cities upward rather than outward can help solve a lot of problems that come with living in our terrible urban sprawls. People would spend less time stuck in traffic during their commutes. Water could be saved with smaller distribution and less pike leakage. We’d also reduce our carbon footprint. And also, taller buildings are …

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Science Magazine: Turning up plant efficiency

A small change to recovery mechanism means big change in crop output. Genetically modified tobacco plants turn on photosynthesis faster when shade follows dangerous sunlight.  

David de Meulles: Polar bear petting dog

David De Meulles captured this tender moment on his phone, although unknowable of what would happen – it perhaps turned out better than expected for the dog. Alexandra Klasinski shared the clip on twitter of this giant polar bear pet a dog on its head in Churchill, Manitoba.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | Swimming Sloth Searches For Mate

This male pygmy three-toed sloth swims between mangroves on the island of Escudo on the hunt for a mate and shows that a mating call of a female even makes a goofy, long-limbed furmonster – a good swimmer.  

Caters TV: Animals in Mirrors Hilarious Reactions

Innovative French photographer Xavier Hubert-Brierre travelled to Gabon with his wife and set up a mirror in several locations in order to capture wild animals that happens to walk by.  

BBC: Planet Earth II | Rare snow leopards caught on camera

BBC is now broadcasting the much anticipated sequel to its critically acclaimed nature documentary series Planet Earth. Every episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth. The second episode is all about mountains and the team managed to film one of the most majestic of all mountain creatures – the …

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