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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

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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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Adorable baby great white shark gets our vote for human-shark peace

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 25 April 2014

It sounds like an oxymoron, but even massively huge great white sharks all have to start small as, well, shark babies. Steve McNicholas snapped this photo of a young nippy one getting released back into the sea off Santa Monica beach by California State University’s Dr Chris Lowe. Presumably this was from a scene in […]

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This Easter Snake is THE most adorable thing ever

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 23 April 2014

Canadian DevianART user ‘NocturneJewel’ was visited not by the Easter Bunny, but by something a million times more awesome: the Easter Snake! The pet snake is a leucistic Texas Rat Snake (Pantheropis obsoletus) and goes by the name Crescent. She’s about 9 years old, over 4 feet long, and loves hiding swallowing all your Easter eggs – and probably the Easter Bunny as well.

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Fact: Fish with human teeth actually exist

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Pacu, a curious sort of South American freshwater fish, recently made headlines last year as a ‘testicle eating fish’ when it surfaced in Papua New Guinea and gnawed the balls off a couple of fishermen. The most remarkable thing about it has to be its incredibly human teeth. Yes, fish with human teeth. Sometimes […]

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These are some of the oldest organisms on Earth, in photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

Next time you complain about aging, have a thought for these incredible organisms! Since 2004, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists and ‘braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth’. So what does this collection include? […]

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Trees that swallowed abandoned WWII equipment

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the […]

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Erm, what’s more sensitive to a bee sting: a penis or a nostril?

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By Marta Millere in New Eco, New Trends on Thursday 17 April 2014

People do the craziest things in the name of science, love or their country. Back in the 1980s, Justin Schmidt, decided to take it up a notch and measure pain. He must have woken up one morning and decided that it was up to him to endure 25 bee stings to understand which part of a human body is the most sensitive to pain.

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The oldest scrap of Earth crust is a glimmering crystal (from an Aussie sheep station)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 17 April 2014

This incredible crystal has been confirmed as the oldest fragment of Earth’s crust. Aged at 4.4 billion years, this zircon was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Scientists studied its uranium and lead atoms, and a decaying process over time allows scientists to arrive at the 4.4 billion number. But […]

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Shades salvaged from skateboards

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 14 April 2014

Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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An airplane inspired by a train? Clip-Air may well be the future of travel

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By Marta Millere in New Eco on Thursday 10 April 2014

When you think of how an airplane might look in 30 years, do you think of an alien-looking sleek metal spacecraft? Not necessarily. Clip-Air – an ingenious project of Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – is working to make traveling easy, less frustrating and much more environmentally friendly. And in the process, it will revolutionize the way we think of air transport.

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Pandas apparently can get cuter when 1,600 of them congregate together

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 8 April 2014

While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.

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Welcome to the future: Glowing trees by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.

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Cats making themselves at home in inconceivable places

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

Some things in the world simply defy explanation. We just have to accept that cats will always be cats and do cat things in their cat ways. Such as setting up cat camp in every space they take a fancy to and forcing said space to submit to the Rule of Cat instantly.

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