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Cloud-talk decoded: Physics and lasers read honeycomb cloud pattern

A thin, patchy cloud cover with clusters that seem to continuously form, dissipate and reemerge might not be just flowing at random. When these cloud fields appear over the ocean at least, their cycles and patterns are in fact quite regular, and new research explains how precipitation keeps an accumulation of these clouds knit closely together...

August 12, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Social Cognition in Polar Bears

In most zoos and animal parks, polar bears (ursus maritimus) attract such a disproportionate amount of attention that they are referred to in the industry as “charismatic megafauna,” or in other words, “really cool animals.” Perhaps it is because it is especially rare for the average zoo-goer to happen upon a polar bear in the [...]..

August 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Bears Gone Fishing

“The problem is that most bears don’t like to get their ears wet.” That is the problem, isn’t it? Another awesome video courtesy of the folks at BBC Earth “Life Is”...

August 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Food for Thought

That animals help each other is far from a new observation, but it’s puzzling nonetheless. If all that matters is survival of the fittest, shouldn’t animals refrain from anything that fails to benefit themselves?...

August 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

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