Science and Nature

Vietnam Creates New Saola Preserve for Asian Unicorn

Apr 19th, 2011 | By
Vietnam Creates New Saola Preserve for Asian Unicorn

Vietnam has set aside a new preserve for the rare saola, known as the Asian unicorn, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) announced Thursday. Quang Nam’s People Committee agreed to the Forestry Protection Department creating a Saola Natural Reserve in the Annamite Range of mountains along the border between Vietnam and Laos. Saola (pronounced
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Humpback Whale Songs Follow Ocean Top Music Charts

Apr 18th, 2011 | By
Humpback Whale Songs Follow Ocean Top Music Charts

Humpback whales follow their own musical trends, according to a study published in the April 12, 2011 issue of Current Biology. Scientists studying whale songs have found that all humpbacks in the South Pacific follow song trends that start in Australia and change every year or two. Male humpback whales use their large nasal cavities
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World’s Largest Dinosaurs Museum Exhibit Opens in New York

Apr 17th, 2011 | By
World’s Largest Dinosaurs Museum Exhibit Opens in New York

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit opened this Saturday at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The exhibit lets visitors get at close-up view of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth, and even look inside the bodies of these extinct giants. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs shines a spotlight on the sauropods, the long-necked,
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Kentucky Miner Finds Extinct Shark Jaw

Apr 11th, 2011 | By
Kentucky Miner Finds Extinct Shark Jaw

Just when you thought it was safe to go back onto the land. 25-year-old miner Jay Wright was working 700 feet underground in Webster County, Kentucky this February when he made a surprising discovery. Experts later informed the puzzled miner that what he had found was the jawbone of a prehistoric shark. Experts believe the
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NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Apr 4th, 2011 | By
NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Last Tuesday NASA began releasing its first photos from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. The first image released showed a cratered area of Mercury’s south pole that looked similar to the surface of Earth’s Moon. 363 more images were taken over the next six hours before the ship began downloading data to Earth. More images
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Mako Shark Catches Fisherman

Mar 30th, 2011 | By
Mako Shark Catches Fisherman

The shark had apparently seen the end of Jaws one too many times, and took its imitation of the star one step too far. But Jason Kresse would fare better than Captain Quint. The 29-year-old Freeport, Texas resident, fresh from red snapper fishing, was helping two crew members dump fish guts into the water 50
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Florida Keys Jurassic Park Outdoor Dinosaur Museum Proposed

Mar 21st, 2011 | By
Florida Keys Jurassic Park Outdoor Dinosaur Museum Proposed

German prehistoric model company Bernd Wolter Design is proposing to create a “Jurassic Park” style outdoor dinosaur museum at the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, near Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The museum would feature life-sized replicas of dinosaurs, giant Megalodon sharks ancestral to the Great White, and other prehistoric creatures from earlier
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Body Worlds Returns Friday to Museum of Science and Industry

Mar 17th, 2011 | By
Body Worlds Returns Friday to Museum of Science and Industry

The popular anatomy exhibit Body Worlds returned to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry Friday, March 18. The exhibit features cadavers preserved through a special process that allows an unprecedented transparent look at the inside of the human body. The cadavers are preserved through a process called plastination where decay and smell are avoided by
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Chula Vista Nature Center Opens Aquatic Art Exhibit Saturday

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By
Chula Vista Nature Center Opens Aquatic Art Exhibit Saturday

San Diego County’s Chula Vista Nature Center opens its new Art Aquatic exhibit this Saturday, following a special Member’s Preview Opening Friday night. The exhibit celebrates ocean color, patterns, and beauty by displaying tropical sea life in aquariums decorated with organic glass created by local artists. The exhibit features colorful tropical sea creatures such as
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Ice Volcanoes Create Great Lakes Winter Outdoor Attraction

Feb 9th, 2011 | By
Ice Volcanoes Create Great Lakes Winter Outdoor Attraction

Ice volcanoes are emerging along the shores of the Great Lakes this winter, creating a unique tourist attraction. But experts warn to be careful when exploring them. Ice volcanoes (cryovolcanoes, also called “ice canoes”) are ice cones formed from erupting water and snow, just as regular volcanic cones form from erupting lava. When winter ice
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