This is what ice looks like when it peels perfectly off a leaf

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Ah nature, you never cease to amaze! Reddit user ‘SearonTrejorek’ recently posted this photo of a leaf-shaped ice sheet, which he peeled off from a Magnolia tree in the Hardin Gardens of Winthrop University.

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This adorable video of a beluga playing with kids has sad implications

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 28 August 2014

You might have already seen this adorable video of a beluga whale in the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut ‘playing’ peek-a-boo with two kids. It’s understandable if you had a good laugh and some ‘awwww’ moments. We did too. But according to experts, the animal was definitely not playing, but rather, being aggressive. ‘The open mouth and posturing are typical of the way cetaceans express aggression and I’ve seen a lot in captivity in the very same circumstances. This poor animal is telling the kids: ‘Get away’. It’s a threat’, Dr. Marino, a beluga behavior specialist at the Kimmela Center, told The Dodo.

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This chicken’s body is all black, even the organs, meat, and bones!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Prepare to meet the so-called Lamborghini of Poultry. This is the Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia. It’s a rare breed of chicken, and you can probably see why. Everything about it is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is not black is it’s blood – though it comes in a very dark shade.

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In Russia, a family made a pack of wolves their pets

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Back in 2009 in the Russian town of Zacherevye, local gamekeeper Oleg Selekh adopted a pack of wolves and made them his family’s pets. Since then, the wolves and his family have been inseparable, with their ten-year-old daughter, Alisa, often seen riding her pet’s back and frolicking in the grass. In one of the photos […]

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Elephant uses car to scratch its belly and scares the heck out of the people inside

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 21 August 2014

If you have an itch you can’t reach, sometimes you got to use anything nearby to help relieve the torture – including a car. In Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, an elephant used a passing VW Polo to scratch its back and belly, giving the vehicle’s occupants the scare of their lives.

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From El Mar to el marvellous! Fantastic bags made from recycled sail fabric

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By Milo Sumner in New Products on Thursday 24 July 2014

We think this is worth your while, so bend your knee and lend your ear. Introducing MAFIA Bags, a new business out of South America started by Argentinian siblings Marcos and Paz Mafia.

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

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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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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

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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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Is that a nebula trapped inside a gemstone?

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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

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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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The complete guide on where to touch animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Sunday 11 May 2014

Do you know what body parts of certain animals are ok and not ok to touch? Knowing could mean the difference between life and death. For instance, dogs love unlimited belly rubs, cats however, are a different story. Snakes? Yeah you can touch them all you want – provided you have a 20 foot pole with you. Unicorns? Only those with pure hearts can dare touch their enchanting manes!

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

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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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Our changing seas: a coral reef made entirely out of ceramics

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 24 April 2014

Artist Courtney Mattison has unveiled the third instalment of her ‘Our Changing Seas’, a series of ceramic coral reef sculptures made entirely by hand. The third piece shows the devastating effect of climate change on an ecosystem through a shocking contrast between healthy, colourful corals and the skeletal remains of bleached ones. She tells Colossal: […]

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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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