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Elephants Can Detect Rain 150 Miles Away

Elephants Can Detect Rain 150 Miles Away

If you want to know when it's going to rain, ask an elephant. Apparently, they just know. That's according to new research suggesting the lumbering giants can sense when a storm is coming, even if the ominous clouds are gathering a long way off. A team from Texas A&M, the University of Virgin

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Curiosity Finds a Weird 'Ball' on Mars

Curiosity Finds a Weird ‘Ball’ on Mars

If there’s one thing to be said for Curiosity’s mission on Mars so far, it certainly hasn’t been boring. Although the six-wheeled rover has taken thousands of photographs of Martian rocks, the rich diversity of Mars’ landscape has provided many beautiful examples of planetary geology and so

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Five-minute walk every hour helps against damage of sitting

Five-minute walk every hour helps against damage of sitting

40Going for a short stroll every hour can help protect against the damaging effects of sitting all day. U.S. researchers found taking three five-minute walks for every three hours spent sitting can reverse the harm caused to leg arteries. There benefits remain even when the walks are slow, the

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Wild Monkeys Learn to Puzzle Out Banana Video

Wild Monkeys Learn to Puzzle Out Banana Video

The wild marmosets living in the Brazilian forest have never seen a television show and certainly have never watched a movie in their jungle homes, until now. When scientists showed the newbies a short flick of a marmoset stranger opening a box to get a banana slice, they were likely to copy what th

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Wild Birds' Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Wild Birds’ Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination

Standing in the woods along the South River, Kelly Hallinger held the microphone up to capture the cacophony of songs, one at a time: the urgent, effervescent voice of the house wren; the teakettle whistle of the Carolina wren; and the sharp, shrill notes of the song sparrow. It was the summer a

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Bangalore, Chennai join forces for inter-state heart transplant

Bangalore, Chennai join forces for inter-state heart transplant

Doctors, traffic police and airport officials in Bangalore and Chennai transported a live heart over 350km in just over two hours on Wednesday. "This is the first time we're attempting an inter—state heart transplant. A heart can be kept in cold storage for up to four hours, but we gave ourse

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103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

103-Year-Old Sprinter Challenges Usain Bolt

3Closing in on his 104th birthday, a twinkle-toed Japanese sprinter has thrown down the challenge to the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, telling him: "let's rumble!" Hidekichi Miyazaki -- who holds the 100 meters world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the

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Dogs Play Dumb for Our Sake

Dogs Play Dumb for Our Sake

Our domestication of wolves, and our own dominant nature, has resulted in dogs that are so submissive that they suppress their independence and intellect, new research finds. Dogs wait for orders, while wolves cooperate with each other to solve problems, according to the study, which was recently

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Evolution’s Baby Steps

Evolution’s Baby Steps

3If you explore our genealogy back beyond about 370 million years ago, it gets fishy. Our ancestors back then were aquatic vertebrates that breathed through gills and swam with fins. Over the next twenty million years or so, our fishy ancestors were transformed into land-walking animals known as tet

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'Cape-Wearing' Dolphin Turns Out to Be New Species

‘Cape-Wearing’ Dolphin Turns Out to Be New Species

It's not every day that scientists identify a new mammal — especially one that can grow to be more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) long. But researchers recently named a new species of cetacean: the Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis. S. sahulensis hadn't been hiding in a mysteri

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