Category Archives: Nature

Orangutans and traditional medicine

An orangutan named Rakus hit a rough patch in the summer of 2022. Researchers heard a fight between male orangutans in the treetops of a rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia; a day later, they spotted Rakus sporting a pink wound below his … Continue reading

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The Wondrous Oak

Although many large and old trees grow in Lithuania, the most famous is the Stelmužė Oak in the village of Stelmužė in the Zarasai district. This tree is the oldest oak in Lithuania and one of the oldest in Europe … Continue reading

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Deadly H5N1 avian influenza strain detected on mainland Antarctica

Over 85 million chickens, turkeys, and other poultry birds have died in the U.S. since the avian influenza outbreak started two years ago. In the egg and poultry industry, it is standard protocol to cull every animal in a facility … Continue reading

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How One Moth Species Can Jam Bats’ Sonar Systems

In a species of tiger moth native to the Arizona desert, scientists have discovered a new weapon in the endless evolutionary arms race between predator and prey. New research shows that the moths, Bertholdia trigona, have the ability to detect … Continue reading

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A Respite

Nothing momentous, just a brief respite from the normal news. I know I’ve talked about these West Mersea duck punts before and even shared a video. Just sit back and enjoy the simplicity of the design and the serenity of … Continue reading

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Full evacuation for Yellowknife, Ndılǫ and Dettah

Anyone remaining in Yellowknife, Ndılǫ and Dettah must leave by noon on Friday, residents were told in a fresh, blanket evacuation order for the city on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of vehicles had begun streaming down a smoky Highway 3 west … Continue reading

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Bat Superpowers – PBS NOVA episode

WANG: My students, when they first work in my lab, they got it wrong. They say bats has a more efficient immune system to clear the virus. I say. “No, bats have a more efficient immune system not to develop … Continue reading

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Florida ocean temperatures at ‘downright shocking’ levels

Not only is Florida sizzling in record-crushing heat, but the ocean waters that surround it are scorching, as well. The unprecedented ocean warmth around the state — connected to historically warm oceans worldwide — is further intensifying its heat wave … Continue reading

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“This Small-Brained Human Species May Have Buried Its Dead, Controlled Fire and Made Art”

Extraordinary claims about the small-brained human relative Homo naledi challenge prevailing view of cognitive evolution In the millions of years over which humans have been evolving, brain size has tripled, and behavior has become exponentially more elaborate. Early, small-brained hominins (members of … Continue reading

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“Orcas have sunk 3 boats in Europe and appear to be teaching others to do the same. But why?”

Scientists think a traumatized orca initiated the assault on boats after a “critical moment of agony” and that the behavior is spreading among the population through social learning. Orcas have attacked and sunk a third boat off the Iberian coast … Continue reading

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