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How to Feed the World While Earth Cooks


A conference on feeding the world must also feed itself. Having attended more than my share of such conferences, I can say that the norm is keynotes that rally the troops in favor of organics while said troops munch on tortilla or potato chips. Or there is the earnest vegan route. (This is not a [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules [Video]

larger Pacific striped octopus rare study captivity

Of the hundreds of known octopus species, most are anti-social, practice safe sex (to avoid getting eaten by a mate) and lay just one clutch of eggs before dying. The poorly understood larger Pacific striped octopus, however, seems to break from these conventions: They are somewhat social, they mate face-to-face, and the females produce multiple [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Przewalski’s Horses

The baby P-horse, born July 27, 2013. Photo via Smithsonian National Zoo.

They’re the only species of horse never to be domesticated, and have a fascinating history.

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The Thoughtful Animal

By Understanding Cheetah Social Networks, Researchers Could Improve Big Cats’ Breeding Odds


Nine lives won’t help to perpetuate a cat species unless the cats manage to reproduce. The decline of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, led to the coordination of captive breeding programs in zoos and other breeding facilities. And while many know of the trouble that zoos have encouraging pandas to [...]

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