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Archives for July, 2007

Pretty Much My Favorite Animal?

The accidental product of a study abroad program in Italy, Eclyse is a visually fascinating example of mixed genetic material. Eclyse’s mother was a zebra living at a German safari park. When she was sent on loan to Italy, she was allowed to roam free in an enclosure with both horses and zebras. Upon her…

A Face Full of Jellyfish

Japanese fisherman and power plants have been under siege over the last year by giant jellyfish. While the cause of the swarming is unknown, the nuisance is severe. Growing to almost 500lbs, Nemopelima nomurai destroys fishing nets and poisons fish when trapped in nets. Their smaller brethren, the moon jellies, have been blocking intake vents…

Scientists interested in treating infertility in humans are turning to an unlikely source for inspiration: naked mole-rats. The rats–actually more closely related to porcupines and chinchillas than moles or rats–live in large colonies much like ants. In these colonies, one dominant female called the “queen” maintains a monopoly on breeding rights by constantly bullying the…