Animals

Ever wondered how birds detect magnetic fields?

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in What's news?

Birds make epic journeys across the globe every year guided by Earth's magnetic field. But how they detect this magnetic field has left scientists baffled for decades.

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Small aggressive fish outmuscle bigger rivals

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in What's news?

Generally, when predicting a fight the age old adage is 'back the big guy'. But not apparently in the fish world

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Weirdest animals used in war

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 in Us and them

Weirdest animals used in war

  It’s not just men and women that brave the frontlines of war – it’s dogs, rats, dolphins and even bears, too! Share       THE FURRY PRIVATE – VOYTEK THE BEAR Voytek, a bear found by Polish armed forces as a cub in the 1940s, is likely the only ursine on record to have served as a member of military!  Voytek was trained to carry equipment and artillery for Polish soldiers, and was officially enlisted as a private in the artillery.  Voytek would survive WWII – and spent his retirement at Edinburgh Zoo for almost twenty...

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Weirdest animal relatives in the world

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 in Looks

Weirdest animal relatives in the world

Think you know your animals?  Even if you can name a hundred beasts between Aardvark and Zebra, you may not have heard of this curious collection of animals who all have more famous cousins.

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Weirdest animal bodyparts used in everyday things

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 in Us and them

Weirdest animal bodyparts used in everyday things

There's more animals in your everyday life than you might know about - how about the sheep extract in your shampoo? Or the whale poo in your cologne? The strange truth is that animals make an incredible contribution to many everyday things you'd never dream of being connected.

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Best animal mind controllers

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 in Mind and senses, Skills

Best animal mind controllers

Nature can be cruel. In the wild world, creatures become slaves to all sorts of menacing mind-manipulators. Parasites, wasps and even trees are master hypnotists, though their motives are murkier than you'd ever believe.

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Best animal artists

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Skills

Best animal artists

Yes, even animals are getting in on the expressive act now - plop a brush in their mouths, or paint on their paws, and this lot will be happy to show you their visual thoughts on the world.

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