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Cute Animation Video Explains How Smart Dolphins Actually Are

Video: We always hear that dolphins are smart, but how smart are they actually? Lori Marino explains for Ted-Ed in this cute animation, and it’s almost stunning how intelligent they are. Their encephalisation quotient (brain size to body size) is second only to us dumb humans. The video goes details how they can pass down knowledge to their kids, understand language, empathise with other creatures and so forth.


A Journalist Used An Artificial Tusk To Track The Illegal Ivory Trade

Tracking the movement of ivory through the nebulous, international black market is extraordinarily difficult. But we need to start doing a better job of it if we want to stamp out the illegal trade that claims 100 elephant lives every day. One journalist’s solution? Build the world’s most convincing fake tusk, and stick a tracking device inside.


All The Crazy Ways Life Has Evolved To Cope With Extreme Heat

Humans aren’t very good at dealing with heat — we either sweat miserably or rack up crazy AC bills. But some life forms have to live with scorching temperatures and extreme drought all the time. Here are some of the most bizarre strategies they have evolved for staying cool and hydrated.


How Lurking Predators Changed The Size Of The Mosquitofish's Genitals

Female mosquitofish give birth to tiny babies, like the guppies you may remember from your third-grade aquarium. That means male mosquitofish don’t spawn: if they’re going to be dads, they need to use a modified fin (called a gonopodium) to inseminate their mate. And sex with a long, stiff fin demands a daunting level of precision.


Turtle Attacks And Nightmare Centipedes: This Wild YouTube Channel Is A Gem

The world is full of gnarly animals, but it wasn’t until the magic of the internet that we could watch them from a safe distance — thanks to high-def videos like this one, in which a snapping turtle clamps down on a dude’s arm. Thank you, YouTube.


How To Move Through The Bush Silently

While hunting this week, I managed to stalk to within 25 metres of a bear and snuck up on an Army Ranger undetected. Here’s how to be vewy, vewy quiet outdoors. It’s a skill anyone can use.


If Humans Never Existed, The World Would Have More Mammals

There aren’t many large mammals around anymore in, most of the world. That’s mostly because one mammal species — Homo sapiens — has taken a heavy toll on its competition. Now, a team of researchers demonstrates what would have happened to the world’s megafauna if humans had never existed.


Bats In India Like To Live Among Coffee Plants

If you’ve had a cup of coffee recently, the plants it grew on may once have been home to bats and other threatened wildlife. It turns out that when coffee plantations encroach on natural forest habitat, bats are happy to live in the coffee.


Wolves Return To California

Researchers have confirmed that these five wolf pups — born this autumn — are the first born wild in California in over 100 years. Along with their mummy and daddy, they form the newly dubbed “Shasta Pack”. Wolves now call California home again.


This Is How Sewer Rats End Up In Residential Toilets

While Australians may be used to checking for spiders under their toilet seats, Americans could find themselves with another unwanted visitor in their toilet bowls. It sounds like an urban legend, but rats actually do manage to crawl up from the sewers and into unsuspecting residential toilets. In Portland, Oregon, one pest control company says it gets ten to 15 calls a year for rats in toilets, and it’s easy to speculate that the numbers are higher in cities like New York.


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