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Archive for ‘July, 2012’

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    Circus Lions Fly to Sanctuary. Orcas Soon?

    On the same day SeaWorld was pushing back against retiring killer whales to sanctuaries, 33 lions from circuses in Peru were heading to a sanctuary in South Africa.

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    The Great Octopus Escape – and Others!

    Great escapes like those of Inky, Frank Lee Bull and the priceless Tamworth Two, remind us that our fellow animals prize freedom as highly as we do.

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    The New Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life, a diagram that shows branches of life on Earth, has just changed radically. The dominant life form on Planet Earth is actually bacteria.

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    Imagining Ourselves as Animals

    What would it be like to be eaten by a large predator? We humans are, after all, basically a prey species, and our drive to dominance is a product of human frailty.

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    SeaWorld’s Three Whoppers

    It was all a bit too good to be true. Even as the CEO of SeaWorld and the CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S. were smiling together, SeaWorld was preparing an advertising blitz…

    Scientists Declare: Nonhuman Animals Are Conscious

    Science leaders have reached a critical consensus: Humans are not the only conscious beings; other animals, specifically mammals and birds, are indeed conscious, too. The official decision was reached in late night discussions two weeks ago during the prestigious annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference.

    Weekly Recap, July 28 2012

    Stunning verdict in elephant case … SeaWorld video released … Brits argue over kitten experiment … best book on climate change … Rick Warren’s weird remark … how to have faith when the world is going to hell … what’s happening to the ice in Greenland … what’s under the ice in Antarctica … and lots more.

    Best Simple Book on Climate Change

    Pound for pound, I’d rate Global Weirdness, the new book from the folks at Climate Central, the best book I’ve come across for a simple, objective, science-based explanation of what climate change is and how it’s affecting the planet.