Mother Nature Network has compiled a slideshow of nature’s most intriguing transparent creatures. Check out the pictures here.
Scientists at Indiana University Bloomington and U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute have found that the water flea has a gene count 30% greater than humans. In addition, to having an astoundingly high gene count, more than 1/3 have never been seen before in other animals. Check out more about the water flea’s genes here.
Having a dog can increase a child’s activity rates and decrease the odds of childhood obesity, according to recent studies. Furthermore, a canine companion can mean “11 minutes less (562 altogether) in sedentary behaviour each day [and] 360 more steps”. Read about how these small steps make the difference here.
Just in time for the Fourth of July: A study recently showed that holding or comforting a dog during loud noises such as a thunderstorm does not relieve their anxiety, although the company of other dogs may do the trick. Read about pet panic here.
Japanese scientists have announced plans to clone the long-extinct woolly mammoth within five years, using DNA from the preserved hair of an animal. The goal is to have an elephant carry the mammoth to term. Get the details at Popular Science.
EcoSalon has compiled a list of the top 10 green-themed iPhone apps, including a carbon tracker, a tree planter and a local food guide. See the full list here.
Eager to keep captivity-bred pandas as wild as possible, scientists at China’s Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center have taken to dressing themselves up as giant pandas during interactions with the soon-to-be-released cubs. Their goal is to prevent any exposure to humans and allow the pandas to survive as long as possible on their own. See the pictures here.
The pink handfish can be found in the waters off Tasmania. What is truly amazing about this creature is its locomotion- it uses handlike fins to walk on the ocean floor rather than swim. See photos of this rare and little-studied fish here.