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Rare Velvet Worm Named After Animated Characters From My Neighbor Totoro

What's been spreading virally lately? Besides Ebola, it's an odd-looking velvet worm dubbed Eoperipatus Totoro. Scientists who named the peripatetic creature were reminded not only of Totoro himself but also of the mythical, multi-legged Catbus.

Leatherback Sea Turtles "Tell Time" Through Their Skulls

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest turtles on earth and the fourth largest reptile right behind three species of crocodilians. They migrate between feeding grounds and nesting areas. It has been a mystery to scientists and researchers for years as to how they know just when to make the change. Now it appears that an area on the crown of their heads may be the key.

Seals And Sea Lions Linked To Tuberculosis In Humans

The lives of humans and animals have long been heavily intertwined -- even to the diseases we suffer from. We now know to keep an eye on animals like pigs and chickens in certain parts of the world for upcoming strains of influenza. Evidence has now arisen that shows that tuberculosis originally came to the Americas by way of seals and sea lions.

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.