What’s the science behind the weird behaviors of cats and dogs? Live Science looked into several mysteries, including why dogs eat poop and why cats stretch so much, to explain the possible evolutionary and biological reasons for each. Let’s take a leap into the wild brains of your adorable, and often baffling, four-legged housemates.
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Since the beginning of time, animals have gone extinct on Earth for many different reasons, such as a dramatic climate shifts, natural disasters, or human intervention. For decades, the notion of “de-extinction”—or the resurrection of an already extinct animal— has hovered on the scientific fringes. Now, new advances in science and genetic engineering, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals “back” from extinction, and there are a few already on the list. Here are some of the candidate species scientists are currently considering for de-extinction.
The greatest holiday in the history of holidays is Halloween (actual fact). Grown adults get to dress in any ridiculous costume they want without being judged and kids get to collect as much candy as humanly possible. But we’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the spookiest holiday of the year — our pets… View Article
Brain scans show that with dogs, it’s what you say — and how you say it A new study by a team of Hungarian researchers suggests that dogs understand both the words we say and how we say them by using the same parts of the brain as humans do to recognize and process spoken language. The study… View Article
The federal government declared a major disaster in Louisiana Sunday after torrential rain deluged the state killing at least eight people, flooding thousands of homes and prompting more than 30,000 water rescues. Parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi have been hammered by up to 25 inches of rain late since last Friday, causing what Louisiana Governor John… View Article
On Tuesday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed the company’s plans to open more brick-and-mortar retail stores and expand Amazon Prime member benefits during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. While still primarily an online retailer, Bezos promised shareholders that Amazon is “definitely going to open additional stores,” but specific details of the expansion remain unclear, including… View Article
Earlier this week the original creators behind Apple’s Siri, the most well-known virtual assistant in the world, debuted the newest innovation in the artificial intelligence (AI) evolution with the introduction of the next-generation digital voice assistant – Viv. During a live demonstration at TechCrunch Disrupt, Viv cofounder and CEO, Dag Kittlaus, promised Viv will be more… View Article
For those of you battling the harsh winter storms, it will most likely come as a relief to know that Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, failed to see his shadow on Tuesday morning. Considered a yearly tradition by the people of Punxsutawney, PA, Groundhog Day predicts whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter… View Article
You may not realize this but the fall is actually a great time for gardening. While many people avoid the fall and winter months due to the cold there are actually many things that thrive in the cooler weather. You can also get in one last planting of summer flowers and vegetables if you time… View Article
According to Discovery News, a new disease that is threatening the lives of tadpoles has been discovered in six countries across three continents and could disrupt the life cycle of frogs everywhere. The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Exeter as well as scientists from the Natural History Museum in London. The… View Article
A Kentucky man decided to take matters into his own hands when a drone was found hovering in his backyard this week. The result? He shot the thing straight out of the sky with his shotgun. All seemed like a typical summer afternoon this Thursday until William Meredith noticed the drone hovering over his neighbor’s… View Article
This week the world has been reeling over the death of beloved Cecil the Lion after he was shot and killed for sport by an American dentist on safari in Zimbabwe. The dentist in question–Walter James Palmer runs his business practice in Minnesota and has now been targeted by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The… View Article