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Giant Anteaters Can Kill People

They have poor vision, bad hearing and no teeth. And yet, anteaters can be deadly. In a new case report, scientists detail a gruesome anteater attack that left one hunter dead in northwestern Brazil, just two years after another man was killed in a similar confrontation with one of the long-nosed creatures. While such incidents are […]

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How Hummingbirds Hover

As it hovers in front of a flower or feeder, a hummingbird gets lift not only from the down stroke of its wings but also the up stroke.  This is similar to the lift generated by insect wings, but new research shows that hummers are not simply bugs with feathers. The prolonged hovering ability of […]

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Zombie Fungus Enslaves Only Its Favorite Ant Brains

A parasitic fungus known to manipulate the brains of ants doesn't make slavelike "zombies" out of any old host. Instead, the microorganism is somehow able to recognize the brains of different ant species, and releases its mind-controlling chemical cocktail only when in its preferred host, new research shows. "Behavioral manipulation is such a complex [characteristic] […]

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The Guppy: Newest Top Predator?

SAN FRANCISCO — Lions and tigers and bears and… guppies? Don't let its tiny size, delicate tail or fondness for aquarium life fool you; a new chemical analysis places the guppy high up on the food chain, above even a shark, according to Greg Michalski, an assistant professor at Purdue University. The little fish becomes […]

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Clever Octopus Builds A Mobile Home

An octopus that uses coconut shells as portable armor is the latest addition to a growing list of animals that use tools. The veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) apparently can stack discarded coconut shell halves just as one might pile bowls, sits atop them, makes its eight arms rigid like stilts, and then moves the entire […]

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Baby Boom Boosts Endangered Parrot Species

One endangered parrot species just got a major boost: A whopping 20 scarlet macaw fledglings have now taken flight over the forests of Guatemala. Scarlet macaws, one of the world's largest parrot species, are at threat from destruction of their habitat and poaching for the pet trade. An estimated 95 percent of the scarlet macaws […]