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Used Soviet Dog Spacesuit Going Up For Auction

Who wouldn't “Laika” a gently used dog spacesuit from the 1960 Sputnik-5 mission? This original and rare relic of the Space Race could be yours for just a few thousand Euros... provided you outbid other bidders at the upcoming auction.

Why Our Canine Domesticus Look So Much Like Us?

How many times have you looked at someone’s dog and said, “my God, that pooch looks just like its master?” You might have pondered yourself that being compared visually to your furry pals might have had something to do with why we call them “man’s best friend.” Others might take offense at the similarities, particularly if we’re talking about a “bulldog” or the derogatory term “bitch” that’s been associated. . .

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. . .

Keep On Trucking: Salmon Migration Done By Humans This Year

The extended severe drought conditions in California are causing a number of problems for wildlife -- perhaps none more far-reaching than the newly hatched young salmon and their need to reach the ocean. The Sacramento River is so dried up that most would never make it. So they are hitching a ride downstream from a fishy form of public transportation.

Resurrection Biology For Those Who Think Extinction Stinks!

It sounds likes a science fiction plot line, or a novel penned by Stephen King. However in actuality, the science called 'Resurrection Biology' or 'De-extinction' has been in development for years by scientists who are becoming more and more proficient at understanding the intricacies of DNA.

Tongue-Eating Parasite -- The "Ewwwwww!" Animal Video of the Day!!!

I never thought I would feel sorry for a fish.  This oddly light-hearted look at this bizarre parasite is quite informative.  I'd never heard of these things before.  Check it out...

Mystery Solved? Why Zebra's Have Stripes

There has been a debate raging between scientists for decades -- why do zebras have stripes. Are they meant to blend with the tall grasses to confuse lions? Are they meant to attract just the right mate? Maybe even some way to regulate body temperature? The real answer came out this week in the journal Nature Communications -- and it does have to do with a sense of confusion, but not for the lions.


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