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Conservationists in South Africa Have Been Injecting Rhino Horns with Red Dyes and Toxins to Prevent Poaching. This Mixture Makes the Horns Useless to Those Trying to Sell Them.

Rhino horns are made up of keratin. It is the same protein that forms our nails and hair. Although there is no scientific proof of its medical value, the rhino horn remains to be one of the most coveted items in Asian Medicine. This leads to the poaching of rhinos. But what measures have conservationists …

Conservationists in South Africa Have Been Injecting Rhino Horns with Red Dyes and Toxins to Prevent Poaching. This Mixture Makes the Horns Useless to Those Trying to Sell Them. Read More »

Dog Odin

In 2017, a Dog Named Odin Refused to Leave a Flock of Goats Behind During the California Tubbs Fire When His Owners Fled to Safety. Days Later, the Owners Came Back to Find Odin and the Goats Alive.

In October 2017, the Northern California region experienced the Tubbs Fire. At the time, the fire burned through portions of the counties of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake while wreaking the most havoc in Santa Rosa, was the most destructive wildfire in California history. Its destructiveness was quickly surpassed by the 2018 Campfire only one year …

In 2017, a Dog Named Odin Refused to Leave a Flock of Goats Behind During the California Tubbs Fire When His Owners Fled to Safety. Days Later, the Owners Came Back to Find Odin and the Goats Alive. Read More »

Black Widow

Male Black Widow Spiders Tend to Select Their Mates by Determining if the Female has Eaten Already. This is to Avoid Being Eaten Themselves.

Black widow spiders are well-known for the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. Several species respond to the name and can be found in temperate regions worldwide. But did you know how male black widow spiders choose their mates? To avoid being eaten, male black-widow spiders choose their mates by determining if the female has …

Male Black Widow Spiders Tend to Select Their Mates by Determining if the Female has Eaten Already. This is to Avoid Being Eaten Themselves. Read More »

34KG Pearl

A Fisherman from the Philippines Found a Pearl Weighing 34 Kilograms. It is Estimated to be Worth $100 Million. The Fisherman was Unaware of its Value and Kept the Pearl Under His Bed for 10 Years.

The only gemstones in the world that originate from living things are pearls. These priceless gems are created by mollusks like oysters and mussels, which humanity has sought since ancient times. But did you know that a fisherman from the Philippines found the largest pearl weighing 24 kilograms? The giant pearl measures 30 cm wide, …

A Fisherman from the Philippines Found a Pearl Weighing 34 Kilograms. It is Estimated to be Worth $100 Million. The Fisherman was Unaware of its Value and Kept the Pearl Under His Bed for 10 Years. Read More »

Salamander

Medieval Myths Suggest That Salamanders are Resistant to Fire. People Believed That They were Born of Fire.

Salamanders are solitary creatures. Several myths and legends about them have emerged over the centuries. Many ancient people thought salamanders were fireproof and cold-blooded enough to extinguish flames. But did you know why people during medieval times thought they were fire-resistant? Salamanders were thought to be resistant to fire due to their habit of hibernating …

Medieval Myths Suggest That Salamanders are Resistant to Fire. People Believed That They were Born of Fire. Read More »

Polar bear - brown bear hybrid

Of the Eight Known Polar Bear-Grizzly Bear Hybrids, All of Them are Descended from the Same Mother Polar Bear.

As the world warms and Arctic sea ice melts, starving polar bears are forced further south, where they meet grizzlies, whose ranges are expanding northward. With increased contact between the two species comes more mating, and thus more sightings of their hybrid offspring. But did you know polar bear and grizzly bear hybrids all came …

Of the Eight Known Polar Bear-Grizzly Bear Hybrids, All of Them are Descended from the Same Mother Polar Bear. Read More »

Capuchin Monkey

The Capuchin Monkey and the Cappuccino Style of Coffee are Both Named After the Same Shade of Brown Used in the Habits of the Franciscan Friars of Minor Capuchin.

Capuchin monkeys are New World monkeys belonging to the subfamily Cebinae. They are easily recognized as the organ grinder monkey and have appeared in several films and television shows. Capuchin monkeys can be found in tropical woods throughout Central and South America, as far south as northern Argentina. But did you know how the Capuchin …

The Capuchin Monkey and the Cappuccino Style of Coffee are Both Named After the Same Shade of Brown Used in the Habits of the Franciscan Friars of Minor Capuchin. Read More »

Cheese Morphine

Cheese Has a Morphine-Like Compound Named Casomorphin. It is an Opioid Peptide Derived from the Digestion of the Milk Protein Casein.

According to a 2015 study published in the US and the National Library of Medicine, certain food have addictive properties. It also revealed that these foods might have characteristics similar to illicit drugs. But did you know that cheese has a morphine-like compound? Casomorphin, a morphine-like compound found in cheese, makes them highly addictive. This …

Cheese Has a Morphine-Like Compound Named Casomorphin. It is an Opioid Peptide Derived from the Digestion of the Milk Protein Casein. Read More »

Magpies

Scientists in Australia were Studying Birds and Fitted Them with Tracking Harnesses. A Group of Magpies Helped Each Other Take the Harnesses Off.

Magpies belong to the Corvidae family of birds. Like other family members, they are often regarded as clever creatures. The Eurasian magpie, for example, is considered one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet. It is one of the few non-mammal species capable of recognizing itself in a mirror test. But how did a …

Scientists in Australia were Studying Birds and Fitted Them with Tracking Harnesses. A Group of Magpies Helped Each Other Take the Harnesses Off. Read More »

Dogs and Cats

Dogs and Cats Can Store an Array of Memories. They Have Both Short and Long-Tem Memories. Both Animals Possess Excellent Long-Term Memories.

We often hear the phrase, pets live in the moment, but anyone who owns a dog or cat will tell you that they’ve witnessed incidents that call that statement into question. But did you know cats and dogs have excellent memory? We may believe that cats and dogs live in the now, but their ability …

Dogs and Cats Can Store an Array of Memories. They Have Both Short and Long-Tem Memories. Both Animals Possess Excellent Long-Term Memories. Read More »