Top 5 Facts: Sharks

1) Huge liver The liver of a shark can comprise up to 30 per cent of its body mass and performs an incredible number of tasks, including keeping it afloat. 2) No reverse gear Sharks can’t use their fins to paddle, … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: Ants

1) Strength in numbers Approximately 12,000 known species of ant compose around about 1.4% of the world’s total insect species. 2) Survival of the fittest The family Formicidae are hardy little critters, who have existed on Earth for more than 140 million … Continued

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Singing sand dunes explained

Sand dunes are a spectacular feature of some of the world’s driest landscapes, but did you know that these mountains of sand can also be heard as well as seen? So called singing or booming sand dunes emit a low-pitched droning or … Continued

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How do bees make honey?

Honey begins its journey as nectar, the sugar water produced by flowers. Worker bees visit up to 1,500 flowers a flight, sucking nectar through straw-like tubes and storing it in their honey sacs. The honey sac or crop contains an enzyme … Continued

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World Of Animals launches Rhino Week to help fight illegal poaching

Rhino Week begins on Monday 26 January, with World Of Animals running daily rhino-related giveaways to raise awareness of their #SaveRhinosNow campaign. The recent Ebola outbreak has caused a major decline in African tourism, leading to a dramatic drop in funds for the Ol Pejeta … Continued

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Discover nature’s deadliest animals and how they attack their prey

We’ve teamed up with World Of Animals magazine to bring you a comprehensive guide to the world’s deadliest animals. From great white sharks and crocodiles, to lions, tigers and polar bears, discover how these incredible creatures attack with our jaw-dropping digital book. … Continued

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How thick is the ice in the Antarctic?

The thickness of Antarctic ice is tough to measure because it is literally freezing on top and hard to reach at the bottom. The underside of the thinnest sheets is estimated to be less than 200 metres (656 feet) from … Continued

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Top 5 Facts: Lions

1) Different from the pack Occasionally lions have cream-coloured fur. These were once thought to be a separate species but it’s actually a rare genetic morph called leucism. 2) Not so lionhearted Lions have relatively small hearts for their body … Continued

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Why are some animals albino?

Although albinism is rare, many animals (including humans) are at risk of it. Being albino refers to a complete absence, or in some cases a reduction in the levels, of melanin that cause pigmentation of the skin, eyes and hair. This … Continued

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What are rip tides?

How are rip tides, the unseen danger of the sea, created?

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Why do peacocks have such unusual feathers?

The standard explanation, first posited by Charles Darwin, is that the peacock is advertising to the peahen what a good mate he will make. Peahens choose the males with the most impressive tails because it demonstrates that they are healthy … Continued

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Why do bees buzz?

Bees, like most insects, don’t have muscles directly connected to their wings. Instead, the flight muscles are attached to the roof wall of the thorax. When it is pulled down, the thorax suddenly pops inward, like the dent that appears when … Continued

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How does a shark navigate?

Sharks have a special electric sense that enables them to home in on small electric signals generated by prey. But the special electroreceptors in their skin also appear to be important in the long trans-oceanic migrations made by some species. The receptors develop … Continued

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Watch the hognose snake play dead to deceive predators

Hognose snakes are incredibly skilled at scaring off predators, but they also have another cunning trick to use as a back up. If their initial defence, which involves spreading out their neck to mimic a cobra snake and hissing and striking, doesn’t … Continued

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Gecko-inspired gloves let you scale walls of glass

Being able to scale walls like Spider-Man has just gone from being comic-book fiction to an exciting reality. A newly developed synthetic adhesion system inspired by geckos has been created and tested, enabling a 70-kilogram (154-pound) human to scale a 3.6-metre (12-foot) pane … Continued

WOOLLY MAMMOTH: THE AUTOPSY
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Woolly mammoths could be brought back from extinction

The discovery of a female mammoth carcass preserved in snow could allow biologists to bring the ancient creatures back from extinction. The mammoth, which scientists have nicknamed Buttercup, was found frozen in Siberia in May 2013, and carbon dating of her flesh has revealed that she … Continued

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Cyborg cockroaches could help find survivors in disaster zones

Cockroaches are known for being hardy creatures, and now they could be put to work as assistants in dangerous disaster zones. Researchers at North Carolina State University have fitted cockroaches with electronic backpacks that could help them find survivors trapped in the rubble after an earthquake or building collapse. These cyborg … Continued

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5 fascinating facts about clownfish

Clever disguise Clownfish are covered with a mucus similar to that of their anemone home, making them immune to its sting and tricking it into thinking the fish is part of itself.   Beneficial relationship The clownfish has a symbiotic … Continued

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How the Quake-Catcher Network monitors earthquakes

As well as being destructive and deadly, earthquakes are also very unpredictable. However, new methods for providing early warning systems are being developed. The Quake-Catcher Network is a worldwide initiative that aims to develop the world’s largest strong-motion seismic network in order … Continued

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What are the specks you see floating in the eye?

Floaters are the shadows cast by tiny clumps of a protein called collagen, which forms in the vitreous humour, a jelly-like substance inside the eyes. The vitreous is mostly made of water and transmits light from the lens near the … Continued

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How do Venus Flytraps work?

Venus flytraps tend to grow in boggy soil that’s low in nutrients, hence they need to find another source of food to sustain them, namely insects that happen to land on their leaves. These leaves are about eight to 15cm long … Continued

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