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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

Europe Has Lost 421 Million Birds In 30 Years – 90% Are the Most Common Species

In just 30 years, Europe has seen a drastic decline in its bird populations, losing an estimated 421 million birds over the past three decades. This crash in population is a result of an increased use of modern farming methods, as well as the degradation and destruction of birds’ natural habitats. That’s according to a new study carried out by the University of Exeter, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS). The researchers found

A Guy Digging A Well Just Stumbled Upon a 500,000-Year-Old Giant Sloth

Carlos Manduga lives in the resort city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, which lies about 250 miles south of the country’s capital Buenos Aires. Not too long ago, Manduga was digging and cleaning out a well on his property when he came across the fossilized remains of a pre-historic creature. Manduga found a skull, ribs, a number of vertebrae and a few other fossilized remains. Manduga immediately contacted the Lorenzo Scaglia Natural History Museum to inform them of the find. “The paleontological remains

How Goats Are Replacing Bulldozers and Pesticides In Invasive Plant Control

Since the mid-1970s, land owners in the U.S. and Canada have been fighting a losing battle against Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that grows in tall thick bundles in wetlands areas along the east coast. Not only do the reeds quickly take over by choking out native vegetation, but they also litter wetlands areas with thick mats of decaying biomass. Land managers have tried everything to get rid of the phragmites reeds: controlled burns, toxic pesticides and even bulldozers. But now, researchers from Duke

This Beetle Is A Living Mood Ring, Using Switchable Reflectors to Change Color

Meet the Panamanian golden tortoise beetle. Native to South America, the beetles are often found dining on morning glory plants in the mountain town of Cerro Galera, a few miles west of Panama City. Usually, the beetles have a shiny golden appearance. But disturb one, and within two minutes the beetle will completely change color, going from metallic gold to a shade of red.   The method the beetles use to accomplish this drastic color change is very rare in the animal kingdom according to Jean Pol

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