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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Posted by:flightviolation.
Time:8:54 am.
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Friday, July 10th, 2009

Posted by:darkpixiefaery.
Time:3:16 pm.

Here's an interesting article talking about how turtle's shells form.  Did you realize the shell was really their rib cage?

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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Posted by:nakeddementia.
Time:12:25 pm.
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Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Subject:Pygmy Jerboa
Posted by:penguingod.
Time:12:21 pm.
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Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Posted by:flightviolation.
Time:1:47 pm.




They are crossbred w/ zebra stallions most of the time.
Are commonly more aggressive.

frm Wikipedia
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Friday, August 15th, 2008

Subject:King penguin receives Norwegian knighthood
Posted by:penguingod.
Time:2:20 pm.
Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King's Guard in 2005. And on Friday he was knighted. Not bad for a 3-foot tall penguin — actually, three of them.

A resident of Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, the original Nils Olav was made an honorary member of the King's Guard in 1972 after being picked out as the guard's mascot by lieutenant Nils Egelien. The guards adopted him because they often toured the zoo during their visits to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual military music festival, according to zoo spokeswoman Maxine Finlay.

The king penguin was named after Egelien and Norway's then-King Olav V. When the penguin died — Finlay said no one at the zoo knew exactly when — he was replaced by a second penguin, who inherited Nils Olav's name and rank.

The current Nils Olav, the third penguin to serve as the guards' mascot, was promoted from honorable regimental sergeant major to honorary colonel-in-chief in 2005, Finlay said.

The knighthood ceremony began Friday morning with speeches and a fanfare before Nils arrived, under escort with the King's Guard Color Detachment. Nils then reviewed the troops lined up outside the penguin enclosure at the zoo, waddling down the row of uniformed soldiers, occasionally stopping to crane his neck and peer inquisitively at their crisp uniforms before being guided forward by his handler.

Nils was then knighted by British Maj. Gen. Euan Loudon on behalf of Norway's King Harald V. Loudon dropped the king's sword on both sides of Nils's black-and-white frame, and the penguin's colonel-in-chief badge, tied to his flipper, was swapped for one symbolizing his knighthood.

"He'll be a "sir" now," Finlay said.

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Monday, August 4th, 2008

Subject:Thirsty Shrew Opts for a Bud
Posted by:penguingod.
Time:12:40 pm.
A Malaysian tree shrew has been found to consume alcohol at rates that would leave a human being three sheets to the wind. Showing no evidence of intoxication, the tiny mammal drinks nightly from palm flower buds that exude nectar with a 3.8 percent alcohol content, the highest known to occur naturally. Scientists say the find could provide clues for dealing with alcohol abuse.

SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Friday, June 27th, 2008

Subject:Bicyclist Going 45 MPH Hits Bear In Boulder Co.
Posted by:penguingod.
Time:2:27 am.
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Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Subject:The Indonesian Mimic Octopus
Posted by:flightviolation.
Time:11:49 pm.

2 minutes. 59 seconds.
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Monday, November 26th, 2007

Subject:ordovician ancestors
Posted by:flightviolation.
Time:9:08 am.

*The chemical chlorotoxin found in scorpion venom can distinguish cancer from healthy tissue.

*British scientists have recently discovered a fossilized sea scorpion claw that leads them to believe the scorpion was at one time 8 feet long.

*Today's scorpions range in size from 2 to 8 inches.

*From the Ordovician Period, sea scorpions were thought to be the first sea creatures to crawl onto land. They gathered to mate along the shorelines.

*Scorpion mothers carry their babies on their backs for their 1st two weeks.

*Scientists are unable to determine what substance in the scorpion's 'hyaline cuticle' makes them turn fluorescent under ultra-violet light.

*Scorpions are often canibalistic & therefore loners. During mating, the male must proceed with caution when approaching the female, lest he be mistaken for food. Customarily the male will take the female's pincers into his own & 'dance her around' in what is called 'promenade à deux,' searching for a suitable place to deposit spermatophore over which he guides the female. If he takes too long the female can become incensed & consume her mate.
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Monday, October 29th, 2007

Subject:the art of disguise
Posted by:flightviolation.
Time:11:12 am.
It's hard to spot a Leafy Sea Dragon in the sea. Oddly, in order to blend into the coral reef, looking like a Vegas showgirl is your best bet.

Leafy Sea Dragons:
The leafy sea dragon, Phycodurus eques (Günther, 1865), aka leafy seadragon or Glauerts seadragon, get their common names from the leaf-like appendages on the body. The leafy sea dragon has more of the leaf-like appendages on the body than the closely-related weedy sea dragon. Both species resemble floating pieces of seaweed which makes them difficult for predators to find in their natural habitat. They reach a total length of 35 cm.

Unlike seahorses, sea dragons do not have a pouch for rearing the young. Instead, the male carries the eggs fixed to the underside of his tail from where they eventually hatch. When male sea dragons are ready to receive eggs from the female, the lower half of the tail on the male appears wrinkled. During mating, the female lays 100-250 eggs onto a special 'brood patch' on the underside of the male's tail, where they are attached and fertilized. This brood patch, consisting of cups of blood-rich tissue each holding one egg, and is specifically developed by the male for use during the breeding season of August-March. The bright pink eggs become embedded in the cups of the brood patch, receiving oxygen via the cups' blood vessels. During each breeding season, male leafy sea dragons will hatch two batches of eggs. After a period of about 4-6 weeks from conception, the male 'gives birth' to miniature juvenile versions of sea dragons. As soon as a baby sea dragon leaves the safety of its father's tail, it is independent and receives no further help from its parents. For 2-3 days after birth, the baby sea dragons are sustained by their yolk sac. After this, they hunt small zooplankton, such as copepods and rotifers, until large enough to hunt juvenile mysids. Sea dragons grow to a length of 20 cm after one year, reaching their mature length at two years. In the wild, young sea dragons are preyed upon by other fish, crustaceans and evn sea anemones. Young sea dragons look more delicate, and are often differently colored than adults, and may hide in different types of seaweeds.

some gorgeous Images Here.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Subject:Zombie-Slave Roaches
Posted by:dubinyourmind.
Time:9:04 pm.

This is so incredibly weird, bizarre, and interesting.

Check it out!
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Subject:Albino found
Posted by:hazliya.
Time:9:19 pm.
And here we have an albino dolphin, ladies and gentlemen - often called the "rare pink" variety.

The text of the article can be found here.

Cute, but a little awkward-looking. =)

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Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Subject:Bored Octopi
Posted by:meyrevived.
Time:8:06 pm.
Mood: impressed.
Mr Potato Head gets a speshul hug

And they think we're ignorant of the true intelligence level of chimps and dolphins only...
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Posted by:sealwhiskers.
Time:9:39 pm.
this story from cat_lovers is pretty damn amazing.
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Friday, June 8th, 2007

Posted by:laylawknee.
Time:12:19 am.
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Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Posted by:nakeddementia.
Time:1:35 pm.
Scientists find 24 new species in Suriname
Including a fluorescent purple toad and 12 kinds of dung beetles

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Monday, June 4th, 2007

Subject:animal intelligence
Posted by:nakeddementia.
Time:1:00 pm.
an interesting article on dog behavior and intelligence. no surprise to us dog owners- canines are much smarter than science earlier believed.
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Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Subject:palm oil and bio-fuels : say no !
Posted by:i_see_beauty.
Time:5:01 pm.
Hi folks, please take a few minutes to read this... The future of rainforests and animals is at stake.


Thank you
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Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Subject:"gene slicing"
Posted by:cubanjellybean.
Time:12:51 am.
Seems a little odd/cruel to cross a jellyfish and a mouse. Then again, animal testing in general is pretty sick.

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