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Brainwaves

Is Sugar Really Toxic? Sifting through the Evidence

Our very first experience of exceptional sweetness—a dollop of buttercream frosting on a parent’s finger; a spoonful of strawberry ice cream instead of the usual puréed carrots—is a gustatory revelation that generally slips into the lacuna of early childhood. Sometimes, however, the moment of original sweetness is preserved. A YouTube video from February 2011 begins [...]

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Dog Spies

The Dog Killer in Your Pocket

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Your pocket can hold many potentially lethal items, so let me be more specific: ‘What’s the Dog Killer in Your Pocket That You Wish No Longer Existed?’ Can you guess? Let’s review the clues: It can be lethal to dogs It can be found in your pocket You wish it no longer existed Can you [...]

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Dog Spies

Dog-Eared Reading (Volume 1)

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I recently saw a clip of Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2013 Emmys. He was doing a bit about Google Glass and said he was watching an episode of American Horror Story on his contacts while hosting the show. And then, mid-sentence, he freaked out (1min 44sec)! Understandable; there’s a lot to freak out about [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Poisoning Dingoes Has Domino Effect on Australia’s Biodiversity

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Australia has a long history of poisoning its dingoes (Canis lupus dingo), which have an unfair reputation of preying on sheep and other livestock. But according to a new study, killing the country’s native canines may have had unintended consequences, dramatically impacting the biodiversity in regions where dingo populations have been reduced or removed. The [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

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Now here’s a great conservation success story: After more than 100 years, Galápagos giant tortoise hatchlings finally have a chance to thrive and survive on their native Pinzón Island, after conservationists cleared it of the invasive rats that nearly wiped out the animals. Like most Galápagos giant tortoises—including the conservation icon Lonesome George, who died [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Was Palm Oil to Blame for the Poisoning of 14 Pygmy Elephants?

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When wildlife officials in Borneo first encountered a three-month-old pygmy elephant on January 25, he was surrounded by death. Four members of his herd lay on the ground around him, their bodies cold and bloody. The baby was nudging his dead mother with his trunk, trying to get her to rise and feed him. Tragically, [...]

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Extinction Countdown

An Invasive Plant Is Killing Wombats in Australia

When an otherwise nocturnal wombat shows up in the daylight, acting lethargic and having trouble walking, you know that animal is in trouble. When thousands of wombats turn up sick, emaciated, balding and dying, you know you have a crisis. That’s what’s happening in Murraylands, South Australia, where up to 85 percent of the region’s [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Rat eradication program begins in Galapagos Islands

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The Galápagos National Park Service has launched a project to protect the famous archipelago’s endangered species by wiping out introduced, invasive rats. As has been done in other locations, such as Australia’s Christmas Island, the Galápagos rats will be targeted with poison bait dropped from helicopters, starting on nine of the chain’s small and medium-sized [...]

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PsiVid

Monday Music Video: 80s Hair Band Sings About Cellular Impedance

If you all didn’t know, my co-host, Carin, had her lovely new addition to her family! Check out Juna Soleil and leave a warm congratulatory message below! Two weeks ago, I featured an amusing video with a boy band singing about automatic pipettors. From the same production group, CompareNetworks, today we see two videos made [...]

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