Most animals can see the flashing and glowing of power lines

In what's turning out to be a rather shocking revelation, researchers have learned that the majority of animals can see pulses of UV light produced by power lines. Because these flashes are often frightening, they may be having a detrimental affect on wildlife around the globe. » 3/13/14 2:20pm 3/13/14 2:20pm

How whales made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to the sea

All whales and dolphins are descended from terrestrial mammals, ancient creatures that were very similar to the modern hippopotamus. Now, a fascinating new genetics study shows the incredible evolutionary changes these animals had to experience to become the perfectly adapted marine animals we see today. » 11/25/13 7:40am 11/25/13 7:40am

Dogs shaking in slow-motion will make your day WITH SCIENCE

Odds are decent you've seen this video of dogs shaking in super slow-motion (and if you haven't yet, you should – it's a slobbery good time). What you may not know is that there's actually some really fascinating science behind the wet-dog (and, more broadly, the wet-mammal) shake. » 10/23/13 7:40am 10/23/13 7:40am

How a whale can hold its breath underwater for up to an hour

Unlike humans, many whales can go on hour-long dives without needing to breathe. But no one has been sure how they did it. Now, new research shows it all comes down to a specially adapted oxygen-binding protein in the animals' muscle tissues — a finding that could someday prove valuable in medicine. » 6/14/13 4:30pm 6/14/13 4:30pm

Your afternoon catharsis: wet animals shaking in slow motion – for…

Andrew Dickerson studies how wet animals shake to become dry animals. Last year, in fact, he published the results of a study that examined the wet-shakes of 33 different animals, including some intriguing findings relating shake-frequency and overall animal size. » 3/21/13 12:09pm 3/21/13 12:09pm

This 'grave robbing' mammal outsmarted the dinosaurs by going underground

Back during the late Cretaceous period there lived a stocky, mole-like mammal that spent its days burrowing tunnels underground. Called Necrolestes patagonensis, it managed to survive the Age of the Dinosaurs and live for another 45 million years before finally dying out. And as scientists have recently learned,… » 11/20/12 7:40am 11/20/12 7:40am

A video guide to artificially inseminating a rhinoceros

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England, the staff recently had the luxurious task of artificially inseminating a southern white rhino. And because male rhinoceros gametes don't rain from the sky like manna from heaven, the zookeepers had to extract semen from an ornery horned fellow. I may have watched this… » 9/17/11 1:00pm 9/17/11 1:00pm