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These starfish just love to stand tall and tiptoe

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

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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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Clouds that look like things

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 20 May 2014

The folks from The Cloud Appreciation Society have dedicated a section of their site to updating hundreds of pictures capturing clouds taking on the shape of other things. From ghouls to elephants, these clouds might well be nature’s weather chameleons.

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Trippy! The mesmerizing hidden universes in opal gems

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 20 May 2014

The opal, most commonly found in Australia, is a type of natural gemstone with a high percentage of water in them. It looks pretty cool. What’s even cooler, as these pictures show, is just how much each individual opal gem resembles a mini-world of its own. The one with the fiery cloudscape just looks really […]

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Stunning aerial photos show the meetings of two or more bodies of water

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Eco on Tuesday 20 May 2014

Our planet doesn’t cease to surprise us, even when it does something like pictured in these photos. These rivers are for real; they’re not polluted, they are confluences, as in, meetings of two or more bodies of water, be it two rivers or canals.

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It’s official: Cats are the new goats

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 15 May 2014

To be more specific, lynx — a species of wild cats — are the new goats. YouTube user Kevin Forrester captured some curious footage of a pair of lynx yelling at each other like, er, goats yelling like humans. As Mara Grunbaum said of evolution in her upcoming book WTF Evolution, ‘You were doing so […]

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Have you seen the Zonkey? It’s a cute donkey with striped zebra legs

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 5 May 2014

A zonkey called ‘Khumba’ — the offspring of a female zebra and a make donkey — was born this week at a zoo in Northern Mexico. It looks like it’s wearing stripey stockings, but it’s all natural, baby. Our next question is: if a tiger mates with a cheetah, would the baby’s name be ‘Fashion […]

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If all the humans piled up in the Grand Canyon, it would look like this

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 2 May 2014

If all living, breathing humans today – around 7.159 billion – would pile up in the Grand Canyon for no apparent reason, it would look something like this. Kinda like those zombies in World War Z. If you thought the pile up is massive, it’s actually not. There’s not even enough of us to fill […]

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Oh, just a baby black bear rock-climbing a canyon with his mama

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Thursday 1 May 2014

While kayaking at the Big Bend National Park earlier this March, Stephanie Latmer spied a Mexican black bear cub courageously scaling the walls of the Santa Elena Canyon with his baby paws to follow his mama bear. It’s a great reminder of why bears are so effortlessly cool. [Watch the remarkable video here]

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‘Sargassum!’ A device that translates dolphin whistles into English

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Dolphin researcher Denise Herzing, who has been studying the communication system of a pod of dolphins along the Bahamas off southern Florida with the Wild Dolphin Project for 29 years, has been amassing and using the dolphin’s signals back at them to see if humans and dolphins can find a way to communicate. After some […]

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