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Should Pets Be Given As Gifts?


Growing up, I assumed that ‘A Pet Is Not a Gift’ was just another Golden Rule. If you had pressed young, animal-loving Julie and asked, “Well, why, Julie? Why shouldn’t a pet be a gift?” I might have responded, “Well, uhm maybe the person doesn’t really want that pet. Maybe a pet that is selected [...]

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How Do Male Spiders Get Away With Giving Worthless Gifts to Females?

Male gift-giving spider carrying his wrapped gift

In many animals, males give females a gift in the hope of getting to mate with her. This might sound overly simplistic, but this really can be how it happens. For example, kingfishers will catch fish to give to females as part of their courtship. However, having a system like this means that there is [...]

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A Last-Last Minute ScienceArt Gift Guide


In my efforts to make the most original sciart gift guide I could muster earlier this month I overlooked some fantastic books that I want to plug today in case you’re doing any last minute shopping at bookstores. And if you buy through Amazon’s charity program, SMILE, you can designate the Guild of Natural Science [...]

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