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July 22, 2019

 

Simbakubwa Kutokaafrika

In 2019 two American researchers reported discovering the fossil remains of a carnivorous mammal larger than a modern lion, and even larger than a prehistoric saber-toothed tiger. It lived 22 million years ago in what’s now Africa.

July 19, 2019

 

The Paradox Of Predator And Prey

According to a study by scientists at McGill University, areas with more prey have more predators overall than areas with relatively sparse prey. However, an abundance of prey does not result in as many predators as might seem likely.

July 17, 2019

 

The Science Of Cricket Fights

Scientists tested male field crickets in competitions where they paired males with similar body mass and size, but different head sizes. They found that males with larger heads won more fights than males with smaller heads.

July 15, 2019

 

The Slimy Mental Networks Of Bacteria

The human brain contains about 86 billion nerve cells, or neurons. They signal to one another electrochemically to control our behavior.

July 12, 2019

 

The Health Effects Of Coffee And Tea

Coffee has so much more caffeine than tea that the body can absorb a lot of it quickly. Tea, on the other hand, makes the body work hard to absorb its caffeine.

July 11, 2019

 

The Slingshot Spider

In 2019, researchers discovered a tiny spider in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest that has a behavior that’s surprisingly similar to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.

July 9, 2019

 

Crow Thievery

Crows are always on the lookout for others to rob, and they alter their tactics depending upon whether their victim is related or not.

July 8, 2019

 

The Crafty Octopus

Scientists have known for some time that octopuses make use of shells and other objects they find to hide from predators.

July 5, 2019

 

Human Hunters Are Unique In Nature

Technology puts humans outside the constraints nature imposes on other predators and makes us superpredators. Using weapons, humans kill nine times as many large carnivores as any other species.

July 4, 2019

 

The Danger Of Spitting Cobras

The scariest thing about cobras is that some species don’t even have to bite you to injure you. They can spit poison a distance of three feet, and they always aim for the eyes.

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