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April 29, 2008

 

Humpback whale breaching

A Whale of Evolution

Whales must have evolved from some other larger, ancient creature, right? However, sometimes evolution takes unexpected twists.

November 7, 2007

 

Young Echidna

Those Mystifying Mammals, the Monotremes

Have you heard that the long-beaked echidna, which scientists thought was extinct, has been found again in New Guinea? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 11, 2007

 

cat with long white whiskers

Why Whiskers?

Sure your cat's whiskers are cute but do they serve a more practical purpose?

May 21, 2007

 

A big blue whale

Big Blue Whales: The Gentle Giant

What is the biggest living animal? An elephant? Not even close. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

November 30, 2006

 

a squirrel resting on a colorful blanket

Wildlife Rescue

Rushing to the aid of a cute baby animal is hard to resist, but be careful and follow the proper procedure.

December 20, 2005

 

a black cat sniffs a piece of cake

Cats and Sweets

Cats are finicky eaters, sure, but did I mention that this is one heck of a good piece of cake? What's the cat's problem?

December 2, 2005

 

Sleepless in Dolphintown

Can you imagine lasting an entire month without sleep? Believe it or not, newborn dolphins and killer whales have been observed to do just that. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

December 1, 2005

 

Torpor

Did you know that many small animals that stay in cold environments during the winter go into a brief daily hibernation-like state? Scientists call it torpor. Torpor allows the animals to lower their body temperatures greatly, and their breathing and heart rate are so slow you can barely tell they’re alive. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 29, 2005

 

I Run to Suck Your Blood

As you know, bats are the only flying mammals, and, as their bodies became increasingly specialized for flight over the course of evolution, most species lost the ability to walk. Only a couple of exceptions are known, including a species of bat that lives in New Zealand and the common vampire bat of South and Central America. While other bats can only shuffle, these bats use their wings as forelimbs, so they can walk around like any other four-legged animals. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 9, 2005

 

Purring

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.

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