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Canine Comfort Built Into New Housing

It's a darn good dog's life for canines who are members of families purchasing housing from Standard Pacific Homes. This construction firm is believed to be the first to build and sell houses with 'pets suites' as an option, giving a whole new meaning to the term, "doghouse."

If Apes Can't Talk, How Can They Dominate A Planet?

There doesn't seem to be any end to the "Planet of the Apes," film franchise. Not only has there been five flicks (including one remake) and two TV series -- this week, yet another movie opens to break box-office records. However, if we were  ever able to believe the premise behind those stories could come close to being possible some day, we'd also have to believe that apes would eventually be able to talk. But . . .

You Have To Hand It To Those Hummingbirds (Video)

Hummingbirds are enchanting creatures. They have a Disney-esque quality to them that makes us question sometimes if they are real or fiction. Their mesmerizing wing-flapping sets them apart from all of their avian cousins. We think of them as illusive, disallowing us the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

Snoop Dogg Can't Understand Why Ibex Butt Heads

During a Jimmy Kimmel TV late show taping on June 30th, Snoop Dogg went all Jane Goodall over why ibexes butt heads. Except, instead of having studied the behavior of these magnificent animals like our favorite anthropologist did with monkeys, the rapper mistook his subjects for billy goats, rams and elks. But that's par for the course, since Snoop can't quite decide on how to describe himself either. . .

The Little Elephant That Might Not Roar (Video)

For those unfamiliar with the 1955 Cold War satirical novel and movie titled, 'The Mouse That Roared,' the premise was based on an imaginary country in Europe that declared war on the U.S. in an attempt to gain global exposure and boost its economy. Comparing a small nation to a mouse has since appeared often in literature when drawing the analogy of the little guy or dark horse overcoming insurmountable odds.

Monarch Butterflies' Migratory Magnetism In Real Life & Under The Dome

Is it a coincidence that novelist Stephen King's suppositions about "Monarch Butterfly magnetism" in his fictional Under the Dome TV drama (returning for a 13-episode second season on Monday, June 30th) actually supports the recent scientific discovery about how these beautiful creatures operate in the real world? It would almost have to be -- since King penned those screenplays a while back -- and the current findings that Monarch butterflies utilize a built-in magnetic compass. . .

ALEX, The Parrot Who Knew What He Was Talking About

It's been long believed that parrots could only mimic human speech -- that they could not comprehend what they were taught to say. Differing from that position, it's been scientist Irene Pepperberg's mission to prove that theory a fallacy, and she's spent several decades debating this issue with the scientific community. The African Grey she named ALEX (an anagram for 'Avian Learning Experiment') was her subject and over the course of his 30-year lifespan. . .


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