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Utah Man Videos A MantidFly That Looks Like Something From Science-Fiction

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Utah resident Ed Kern may have just captured the best video to date of a Mantidfly. Kern, who said he found the creature in his backyard hanging out casually on the fence, used his Canon SX-20IS to create an amazing video of the beautiful insect. The video is high-definition, and may seem fake at first due to the unusual nature of the insect, but this is a real video and a real living insect. Check it out below… Mantidflies, belonging to the

This Time-Lapse of A Tarantula Molting Is Both Creepy and Strangely Beautiful (Video)

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Tarantulas, like many other species of wildlife, have an exoskeleton that must be shed periodically as the tarantula grows – the process is known as molting. During this molting, which can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, tarantulas break through their old exoskeleton and then slowly wriggle themselves out of the shell it leaves behind. The tarantula in the video below is a Xenesthis sp White – a species native to Columbia. It took about 10 hours to

What’s Life Like for Snakes With No Scales?? (Video)

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Scales are one of the most recognizable features of the reptile body. For many years, it was thought that snake scales played a multitude of roles: besides providing durable and flexible armor, many scientists believed scales also aided in movement and helped snakes regulate their temperature and retain water. But are scales really that important? What happens when a snake is born without them? Well, as it turns out, scaleless snakes actually seem to fare just as well as their scaled counterparts – at

Vietnam’s Environmental Police Just Seized 1,000 Endangered Sea Turtles

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Over a 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles were reportedly seized this week. Though the case is still under investigation, investigators believe they were being prepared for illegal export to China. The illegal trade operation was taking place in Nha Trang, a small town on Vietnam’s south-central coast. According to The Guardian… “Marine turtles are protected under Vietnamese law. Hunting and trading, including the storing, of any of the five native species (green, leatherback, loggerhead, hawksbill and olive ridley turtles) is a criminal

Find Out How This Bear Was Caught In This Viral Photo (Video)

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Last month, an incredible photograph of a bear examining and seemingly using a tripod-mounted camera in southeastern British Columbia went viral. For a wildlife photographer, whose goal is to capture animals up close and personal, an epic shot like this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. But how exactly was a photograph like this taken? Especially when the bear appears to be in charge of the camera? Well, earlier this month wildlife photographers Dianne Ethier, Heidi Henke, and Jim Lawrence (the

Plans to Clone A Woolly Mammoth Spark Debate Within the Scientific Community (Poll)

South Korean biotech company Sooam sparked fierce debate within the scientific community earlier this week when they announced a proposal for the possible cloning of a recently discovered woolly mammoth specimen. The scientists working at Sooam believe the extinct Mammuthus can be brought back to life using the DNA of the well-preserved mammoth specimen, which was found buried in the Siberian snow last May. Insung Hwang, a geneticist at Sooam, said he believes this is an “achievable goal”, one that he hopes to, “make

Record Number of New Species Put Under Protection Status By World Conservation Body

According to ThinkProgress.org… “The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has extended protections to scores of migratory birds, fish and mammals.” The meeting, which was held in Quito, Ecuador, is a six-day convention full of tough negotiations. This year’s meeting, which involved more than 900 experts from 120 different countries across the globe, was the best-attended COP meeting in the body’s 35-year history. It concluded this past weekend

This Google-Owned Firm Is Building Some Insane Robots, Including A Robo Karate Kid (Video)

Last December, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when they purchased the robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The acquisition led to all kinds of speculation about what Google was going to do with this new robotic wing of its business. Well, there’s at least one cool project Boston Dynamics has been working on recently: a 6ft 2in, 330-pound robot with exceptional levels of balance and maneuverability. They call it the Atlas bot. The robot is a joint project between Boston Dynamics, the

Why Did These Guys Make A 900 Pound Elephant Pumpkin Sculpture?? (Photo Gallery)

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96 Elephants is an organization that works to bring attention to the fact that 96 African Elephants are killed each day for their ivory and to advocative for supportive legislation to help save them. Last month, the organization teamed up with Pumpkin Sculpt USA to help create a 900 pound elephant pumpkin sculpture. The project took nearly a full day of carving and multiple pumpkins to complete. From BoredPanda: “This piece was carved by professional sculptors Sue Beatrice, Andy Gertler, Jenn Cook and Julia Jankowski.

Louie Schwartzberg’s Look Into The Essential Beauty Of Pollination (Video)

The hidden beauty of pollination by Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg is an inspirational filmmaker who captures, “breathtaking images that celebrate life — revealing connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty”. According to his website, Louie… “…is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercial…His recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker, and “Wings of Life,” a feature-length documentary for

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