Are porcupine quills poisonous? Well no, let's start with the basics...
Yet just as horses can cause paralyzing injuries, they can also help people learn to walk again through a form of physical rehabilitation called hippotherapy.
I'm not saying dogs weren't intelligent creatures in their distant past, before they were domesticated, but now wolves are much smarter than dogs.
There may be as many as one million to 1.5 million species of fungi, but that we've identified and named only about ten-percent of them.
You probably feel like your sleeping schedule is out of whack in some manner. Either you sleep too much, too little, or wake up too often. In fact, the typical eight hour uninterrupted sleep is what’s really unnatural. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Have you ever wondered why cannibalism isn’t more popular? Just think about it, each animal is made of a complex variety of chemical ingredients. As an animal, we can either try to assemble these ingredients haphazardly, eating other animals and plants and hoping these assorted meals will add up to exactly what we need. Or we can get all our essential nutrients in one complete package by dining on our next-door neighbor! Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Do you believe Big Foot exists? If Big Foot exists, then why doesn’t anyone have genuine proof? How could a creature so big manage to hide so well that humans can’t get a good glimpse of it, much less study it and classify it? Well, just that does happen frequently in nature.
One of the loveliest sights an ornithologist runs across is the iridescent blue found in some birds’ plumage. Sure, cardinals have red feathers and finches have yellow feathers, but if you ever run across the gleaming, almost metallic-looking blue of an indigo bunting, you won’t forget it. The colors shimmer and shine like oil on water. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Scratch a friendly cat behind the ears and she’s likely to reward you with a deep purring. Have you ever wondered exactly how a cat makes this noise, and why a cat would want to do so in the first place? Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Can animals grow infinitely big in the right conditions? Learn more on this Moment of Science.