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Arachnophobia Anyone? Spiders In Flight In Brazil

A few weeks ago stunning video was posted to You Tube of the sky over Santo Antonio de Platina, Brazil filled with spiders. While it almost appeared to be raining spiders, it was actually thousands of spiders caught in their communal web. The giant web had been caught in a large gust of wind, torn loose from its pinning, and set sailing into the air.

USDA To Drop Poisoned Mice On Guam's Invasive Tree Snakes

Invasive Brown Tree Snakes have been decimating Guam's native birds for decades but their reign of terror could soon be coming to an end. The USDA has announced a pilot program that will see drug-laced mice dropped over the island from helicopters.

Can Luna The Polar Bear Learn The 'Harlem Shake'? [Videos]

The Buffalo Zoo is challenged to raise another $4 million to fund a new home for their baby cub nicknamed "Luna,' born in captivity this past November. Visitors to their website are encouraged to donate as little as $25, or as much as $5000. However while this type of funding approach will certainly appeal to the altruistic nature of locals, there are no incentives for people outside the area, like those included in a gofundme.com or indiegogo.com campaign, to motivate them.

Meet The Sloths Of Slothville In A Little Book Of Sloth

One of the oddest mammals on Earth is the easy-going, slow moving sloth. For Lucy Cooke, a National Geographic explorer, zoologist, writer, and filmmaker, sloths have been one of the loves of her life -- so much so that she founded the Sloth Appreciation Society. In 2010 she traveled to a sleepy corner of Costa Rica to Slothville, the world's first sloth orphanage. She made a short video about the sloths there which went viral within a few days. That led to a documentary for Animal Planet entitled "Too Cute! Baby Sloths." Now she has compiled cute pictures and funny stories about the sloths in a book due out this month.

Are We On the Verge of an Interspecies Internet?

At a recent TED conference, a very powerful and varied group of speakers made a convincing case for a redesign of the internet, allowing animals to use it as well.

Sea Slug Is Part Plant

The eastern emerald elysia looks a great deal like a leaf even though is  a sea slug found along the Atlantic coast of North America. The strangely beautiful creature hangs out in shallow pools feeding on algae. Like plants it uses photosynthesis to create energy, blurring the lines between the plant and animal kingdoms.

Dog Retrieves Vodka In Exchange For A Treat

Tsar is a German shorthaired pointer who is apparently being trained to become a bartender -- or at least a waiter. In doing so he employs his skills as a trained hunting dog to retrieve his target. In this case a bottle of his owner's potent potable of choice. When his owner gives him a treat and a quick order, Tsar will run back to the car and fetch a bottle of vodka in a trice.

Is Your Dog A Genius? There's A New Way To Find Out

We all know our dogs are smart but, just like people, they can be smart in different ways. Brian Hare, an associate professor at Duke University's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience has identified nine basic ways that dogs solve problems, including Einstein, maverick, charmer, and socialite. To find out which of these fit your dog you can now go to Dognition.com and give your dog the test.

Hey Marissa Mayer, If You Want Us Back To Work, Can We Bring Our Pets?

News Flash: Hey Ms. Mayer, the 1950's called and they'd like their Employee Handbook back!  Well, that's one way to look at what's being viewed as Lady Mayer's draconian work ethic. It appears that the last decade of telecommuting was a failed exercise in the eyes of the new CEO of Yahoo! Now apparently, "working at home" is code for taking care of your kids with a little work thrown in on the side.

Eddie The Otter Has Hoop Dreams

Eddie the sea otter is 15 years old and in otter terms that is considerably old. Vets at the Oregon Zoo found that he was suffering from arthritis in his elbows when they were checking his x-rays. They recommended that the little marine mammal take up basketball to improve his condition and keep him mobile though his remaining golden years.

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