From Gizmodo: Secrets of the Cuttlefish’s Uncanny Camouflage Abilities Revealed

Octopus, squid, and cuttlefish can change their skin’s colors, patterns, and textures in ways not seen anywhere else in the animal kingdom. You see what looks to be a clump of seaweed, and then it suddenly springs to life in the form of a retreating …

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From Gizmodo: These Warlike Ants Rescue Wounded Comrades—and Even Provide Medical Care

Sub-Saharan Matabele ants are ruthless killers, raiding termite mounds two to four times each day. But every once in a while, an ant gets hurt and is hauled back home to recuperate—an astonishing insectoid behavior unto itself. New research suggests …

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From Gizmodo: Thousands of Starlings Evade a Pesky Falcon in This Stunning Visual Display

From the ground, a flock of “murmuratingâ€� starlings look absolutely hypnotic. Now imagine how this falcon must feel as it tries to snatch a quick meal from the dazzling throng. Read more…

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From Gizmodo: Here’s the Latest Research on Why Dogs Eat Their Own Shit

It drives dog owners nuts. You’re out for a pleasant stroll with your canine companion, and because some asshat didn’t pick up after their own pooch, a fresh, steamy turd is sitting right there on the sidewalk. Before you have time to react, you ho…

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From Gizmodo: For Fish Penises, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to reproduction, most fish are external fertilizers, crop dusting eggs in a cloud of sperm. But swordtails (Xiphophorus) aren’t like most fish. These fish fertilize eggs internally and “give birthâ€� to live young. To help this whole …

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From Gizmodo: Decapitated Male Mantis Still Fucks

During sex, female praying mantises have a tendency to kill their partners with a decapitating cutting blow that would make a samurai proud. But as this shocking new video shows, just because a male doesn’t have a head doesn’t mean he still can’t…

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From Gizmodo: Crested Pigeons Sound the Alarm With Whistling Wings

A small contingent of chunky, dove-like birds cautiously patter around a clearing in a park in suburban Sydney. Suddenly, a feral cat pounces out from some nearby brush, narrowly missing a flock member’s feather plume-festooned head with a paw. In a …

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From Gizmodo: Why Did Male Mammoths Get Stuck in Traps More Often Than Female Mammoths?

While conducting an analysis of woolly mammoth DNA, European researchers noticed something a little strange. A disproportionate number of male mammoths were found preserved in traps, such as holes and bogs. The explanation, say the researchers, can be …

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