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How Dogs Find Their Way Home Without a GPS

The migration patterns of certain animals have always been a mystery to scientists. Species such as birds and humpback whales demonstrate precision and consistency every time they migrate to a new climate with whales migrating as far as 3,000 miles to the exact same feeding area every year! (I need a GPS to go just 10 miles up the road.) Another animal who demonstrated this impressive feat was a sheepdog from Wales who about a month ago traveled 240 miles to his previous owners home.

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Pupils Give Clues to Ecological Niche

Domestic_dog__Cani_eyeLooking deeply into the eyes of your pet cat, one thing is immediately obvious. Assuming that your feline is easygoing and placid, doesn’t mind up-close-and-personal encounters with humans and is not struggling to get as far away as possible, you would be struck by its pupils. They are not like yours. They are not like a goat’s, either. As it turns out, that is all for the best.

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“Smart” Gel Immediately Begins Healing Process

Image thhike-with-dogis scenario: You’re hiking through the primeval forest with your favorite hiking companion – your dog. You two have enjoyed many similar excursions through all kinds of terrain without incident, but today, neither of you are so lucky. A freak rockslide leaves the animal severely cut and bleeding profusely. You know the blood flow is dangerously fast and must be stopped before your canine friend bleeds out. You have to do something quickly.

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Fat Grizzly Bears Stay Healthy and Diabetes-Free

There’s no denying that grizzly bears are huge animals and gain even more weight when getting ready to hibernate (they can gain 100 pounds begrizzly bearfore hibernation). If humans don’t take care of themselves, it can lead to weight gain or other serious issues such as diabetes. Grizzly bears can stuff their stomachs and then sleep like there’s no tomorrow knowing that they don’t have to worry about their diet or diabetes. New research, published in the August 2014 issue of Cell Metabolism, sheds some light into this seemingly unfair phenomenon.

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Animals with Superpowers! Really!

Hummingbird-Ruby-Throat Considering the popularity of all of the Marvel Comics movies, it’s pretty easy to see that everyone enjoys super powers.
All of the high leaping over buildings, shooting of poison gases, transforming from one shape or form to another, incredible feats of strength and immortality do make captivating stories. They allow our imaginations to soar.
Humans may be limited to super powers on the big screen, but there are some simple and sometimes unseen creatures, whose super powers are not imaginary at all. Let’s meet some.

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EEWW! That’s Yucky!

If any of your students have turned away when peering into a microscope, they may be tmummyurning away from science. Rather than being intrigued, some elementary students are adversely affected by what they see in a microscope. Unidentifiable squiggly things in a drop of tap water, the magnified eyes of a fly, the prickly legs of a garden spider…any or all of these could dampen a young child’s curiosity about the world around him.

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