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Back Yard Squirrel Nut Heist

May 24th, 2021 · No Comments · Biology

This is hilarious and entertaining. I wasn’t expecting the squirrels to get past the laser defense so easily. I thought it would be one of the most difficult but it seemed like they understood how it worked very quickly and got through. Rober’s inventions where just as impressive as the squirrels intelligence. The moving blocks […]

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These squids can fly…no, really

May 21st, 2021 · 4 Comments · Biology

Small squids that are known to live deep beneath the waves. The squid can go above the sea about roughly around 50 meters. While only a few squids species have been recorded taking flight, most squids are alike in the way they service the ocean. The outside of a squids body is a massive tube […]

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Vultures: Can They Help Solve Crimes?

May 21st, 2021 · 3 Comments · Biology

This Ted Talk goes over the amazing capabilities of Vultures and the ways they can help humans. Lauren Pharr, who has spent years studying their behavior has finally figured out not only why vultures are able to find dead bodies, but how they do it. Vultures have extremely strong acid in their stomach that makes […]

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Schools of Fish: How do they work?

May 20th, 2021 · No Comments · Biology

Like many animals, fish travel in groups. However, they don’t travel as a form of company, but as survival. They perform complex swimming behaviors to defend and convey hungry predators. It would be thought that there would be a “leader fish” in the school; however, there is none, but all at the same time. Each […]

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Parasite Manipulation

May 20th, 2021 · 2 Comments · Biology

Tapeworms manipulate sea-monkeys to get what they want. When the tapeworm manipulates a sea-monkey it is able to turn them red, make them live longer, and make them swim in groups. They don’t want the sea-monkeys they’re just using them as a sort of bait for flamingos. Tapeworms can only reproduce in flamingos so the […]

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An Ocean Census

May 20th, 2021 · 3 Comments · Biology, General Science

This video talks about a project that started ten years ago. The goal of this project was to take a census of the organisms in the ocean. The way that they did this was by using two different boats. One of these boats would send out sounds that would reflect back when they hit an […]

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Speaking With Sperm Whales

May 17th, 2021 · 1 Comment · Biology

Marine biologist David Gruber has created project CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative), and they have a plan to communicate with sperm whales. Using machine learning, this group has figured out how to process different sperm whale vocalizations. Over the past 50 years, marine scientists have collected thousands of vocalizations. With the technology that we have at […]

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Are Sharks Attracted to Blood

May 17th, 2021 · 2 Comments · Biology

Mark Rober did a study to test if sharks can smell a single drop of blood from one mile away. Sharks can smell blood but only in large quantities, so if you have a small cut sharks will not be interested in the amount of blood it produces. The Sharks were also not very interested […]

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Self-Medicating Monarchs

May 15th, 2021 · 3 Comments · Biology, General Science

Jaap de Roode studies the ecology of parasites, mainly looking at ones that attack the monarch butterfly. Over the years, medications for humans have been the result of studying larger animals like elephants and chimpanzees. Roode wants to discover medications for humans through examining monarchs. Monarchs eat different types of milkweed, and Roode wanted to […]

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Genetics of Eye color

March 14th, 2021 · 1 Comment · Biology

With the new research by King’s College London and Erasmus University Medical Center we have learned meany new things about our eyes. This including 50 new genes for our eyes, the understanding of eye diseases such as pigmentary glaucoma and ocular albinism which could lead to a future cure. Its fairly interesting how complicated it […]

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