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wind turbine birds

Birds may not have to fear wind turbines for much longer

August 26th, 2020

Scientists have determined that by painting one blade of a wind turbine black it can dramatically reduce the number of bird deaths from turbine impacts. Turbines with a single black blade are over 70% less likely to kill birds, based on a controlled study over three years. Additional research is needed to confirm the results. …

insecticide birds

Insecticides are killing bees, birds, and who knows what else

August 19th, 2020

Pesticides used to kill off troublesome bugs have been killing off honey bees, and now birds are dying off, too. The insecticide works its way up the food chain, and when birds eat bugs that have come into contact with the chemical, it causes problems. In areas where the chemicals have been cut back, bird …

wild boar theft

Notorious wild boar steals naked man’s laptop, is now a celebrity

August 17th, 2020

A family of wild boars in Berlin is under fire after stealing a naked sunbather’s laptop in broad daylight. Local authorities have suggested killing the boars, but the animals have gained many fans since going viral. A petition to safely relocate them or otherwise leave them unharmed has gained thousands of signatures. Wild boars and …

bald eagle drone

Bald eagle in Michigan takes down and destroys a government drone

August 15th, 2020

Michigan government workers were doing a survey of shoreline erosion on Lake Michigan when a bald eagle attacked and took down their drone. The drone splashed down in Lake Michigan and hasn’t been recovered after reportedly landing in roughly four feet of water.  The state plans on replacing the drone with a newer, more advanced …

science news

You won’t believe what humans, birds, and reptiles have in common

August 13th, 2020

Researchers studying the makeup of tears from various species have discovered that humans, reptiles, and birds have similar tears.  The research could lead to new treatments for veterinary use. The levels of certain electrolytes in tears are very similar across our various species. Humans are unique creatures in many ways. We have highly advanced cognitive …

woolly rhino

Good news: Humans aren’t responsible for woolly rhino extinction

August 13th, 2020

Scientists studying the remains of ancient woolly rhinos have discovered that climate change, not human hunting, led to their demise. The timeline that suggested humans were responsible for the extinction no longer appears valid. Woolly rhinos were wiped out when temperatures spiked over a period of just a few decades. Humans get blamed for a …

volcano sharks

Sharks found living in an active volcano stun scientists

August 11th, 2020

Scientists have discovered sharks living inside one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the ocean. The sharks appear to have adapted well to their strange home, though researchers can’t determine why they prefer the area. One theory suggests that prey fish are plentiful there, making for easy hunting. There are a lot of places …

deadpool fly

Behold the ‘Deadpool’ assassin fly

July 31st, 2020

Researchers discovered a new species of fly that has markings reminiscent of the Marvel character Deadpool. The fly’s official scientific name is Humoralethalis sergius, but the scientists have taken to just calling it the “Deadpool fly.” It’s one of a handful of Marvel-inspired names for new insect species. Scientists that seek to identify and catalog …