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Fact: Wolves can communicate by eyeballing each other

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 30 June 2014

So it looks like wolves don’t just howl to make themselves heard to other wolves: they pick up and exchange communication cues just by looking at each other. Wow. Japanese researchers, who watched the interactions of canid species in zoos, concluded that those with eyes that were easier to see were more likely to be social.

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Furry Two-Face chimera cat is bewitchingly beautiful

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 27 June 2014

Cats are hardly ordinary creatures, and Venus, a cat living in North Carolina, is even more extraordinary. The chimera cat is, as her Facebook fan page states, ‘0% Photoshopped, 100% Born This Way’.

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Meet Peanut, the 2014 winner of the world’s ugliest dog competition

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 26 June 2014

And we can see why. The 26th World’s Ugliest Dog contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California just wrapped up and 2-year-old rescue dog, Peanut, bagged the esteemed honor with his dashing grin, eye-popping peepers, and beautiful fur.

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Bamboo bikes to teach kids to balance, plus go green from a young age

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Sure, we’ve seen bamboo bikes before way back when in 2011, but these ones by GreenChamp Bikes rock harder. Why? These beginners’ balance bikes for young kids aged 3-5 look so darn cute, they are definitely a great way to incorporate eco-consciousness in these little rascals, never mind the lack of pedals.

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In this Chinese village, villagers help electronic waste find a second life

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 25 June 2014

In China, over 100 million computers, 40 million televisions, 20 million air conditioners and 10 million fridges are discarded annually. Most of Beijing’s electronic waste apparently make their way to Dongxiaokou, where local villagers resell e-waste parts and recycle these for a living. Photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon recently documented this lesser-seen side of China in pictures […]

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Stray cat meets wild cat, lives happily ever after

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 23 June 2014

This actually happened: at the St. Petersburg Zoo in Russia, a stray cat who wandered into one of the enclosures for food became so enamored with the resident European lynx in it that it now stays there for good with its giant cat friend from the wild — with the blessings of the zoo. It’s […]

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Walmart and Tesco sell prawns linked to slavery on fishing boats

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Friday 20 June 2014

An investigative Guardian report has revealed that Thai fishing boats where workers are enslaved, brutalized and even killed play a pivotal role in the global shrimp supply business. The Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods buys fishmeal from these boats where slaves are forced to work for no pay and under threat of extreme violence.

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Fact: Great White Sharks do get eaten by Greater White Sharks

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 19 June 2014

When a perfectly healthy 9-ft Great White Shark in Australia tagged by scientists was found months later to have been eaten by an unknown predator, the data from its ‘black box’ pointed to how it had been devoured by an even bigger predator.

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These starfish just love to stand tall and tiptoe

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Zoologist Christopher Mah, who keeps a fascinating blog about marine invertebrates dubbed The Echinoblog, once wrote about the unique behavior of starfish that has them standing tall on all fives to tiptoe as they spawn. It still remains a mystery as to why so many of them do it (some spawn flat) as no studies […]

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Baby rhino can’t sleep alone at night after witnessing poachers kill its mum

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 13 June 2014

It’s heartbreaking to hear and read about majestic rhinos being slaughtered left and right by poachers who want their horns. It’s more heartbreaking to know a baby rhino orphan was found grieving next to its dead mother. ‘It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably […]

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Female-named hurricanes are more deadly because people don’t fear them as much as male hurricanes, says study

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 7 June 2014

According to a recent study by the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, hurricanes with female names have a higher death rate compared to those with male names. Why is this so? Because sexism! Examining the death rates from 1950 to 2012, it turns out that of the 47 most deadly hurricanes, female-named hurricanes averaged around 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named ones.  ‘[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll’, the study says.

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Crazy but true: this guy turns Beijing’s air pollution into high-end jewelry

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 5 June 2014

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is sucking up Beijing’s pollution and turning it into high-end jewelry. No kidding. He’s using technology that’s kind of like a vacuum cleaner to remove smog particles from urban skies. This will create ‘the cleanest park in Beijing’ where people can ‘breathe, share ideas and experience clean air again’.

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Snake? Nope! A caterpillar that looks and acts like a snake for camouflage

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 3 June 2014

When you encounter a snake, don’t panic just yet, it just might be a harmless little caterpillar – or it could really be a snake. Either way, just run. In Costa Rica, there’s a caterpillar that camouflages itself to look like a snake, with its tail appearing to be the head of the vicious reptile. It even hides its legs and expands its body to make the snake-like markings on its body more realistic.

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Is that a nebula trapped inside a gemstone?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 28 May 2014

Look at all that galactic beauty in the palm of your hands! Thing is, that’s not an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, trapped inside a stone. It’s really just a stone. Ok maybe not JUST a stone, it’s a $20,000 opal, to be exact.

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Frostie the sweater-wearing snow goat uses a custom cart to help him walk

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 26 May 2014

Careful now, you might either explode from an overload of cuteness, or shed buckets of tears over this baby goat’s success story. Frostie the snow goat was born with joint-navel ill, a disease common among kid goats and young calves resulting from an infection in the mother’s umbilical cord. The disease spread to Frostie’s hind […]

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