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Octopus can ignore own DNA information: Research

Octopuses can ignore their own DNA information: researchers find

A new study has suggested that octopuses along with their squid and cuttlefish cousins are much more intelligent than marine biologists give them credit for.

Octopuses have long been known for making remarkable escapes by squeezing into really small areas or unscrewing glass jars from the inside, but the study is really astonishing as it suggest that these creatures are able to ignore their DNA information and that they can readily modify the way they use their DNA.

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Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods can readily change the way they use DNA: study

Cephalopods like octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses can readily change the way they use their DNA, a new study by an international team of researchers revealed.

Researchers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University and Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based Marine Biological Laboratory studied cephalopods and found that their stunning abilities might originate at the molecular level. Rather than making use of their genetic code as a blueprint to create the proteins they require to survive, they use it more like guidelines.

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Badger caught burying a cow in Utah

Badger caught burying a cow in Utah

Cameras set up in the Great Basin Desert of Utah captured a badger burying an entire cow by itself, and he buried carcass was able to sustain the short-legged omnivore for months. A team of biologists from the University of Utah had scattered the carcasses of seven calves in the area to study the behavior of scavengers. Around a week later, when researcher Evan Buechley revisited the area to check the carcasses, he was disappointed to find that one of the carcasses was missing.

Manatees removed from list of endangered species

Manatees removed from list of endangered species

Manatees, the giant marine mammal also known as sea cow, will no longer get special protections as they have been taken off the U.S. Interior Department’s list of endangered species.

Federal wildlife authorities announced on Thursday that they reclassified manatees as threatened species. Conservationists were quick to condemn the decision saying it would weaken protections for the marine mammal.

Online users eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Animal lovers eagerly waiting for ‘April the giraffe’ to go into labor

Thousands of animal lovers continue to watch live giraffe cam from the Animal Adventure Park as they are eagerly waiting for “April the giraffe” to go into labor.

In a recently-held question & answer session, park owner Jordan Patch said that when the giraffe will be seen stretching out and raising her tail, it will be a sign of pressure, indicating a contraction.

Thus, viewers around the world watch with bated breath every time the female giraffe lift’s her tail.

Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Researchers discover tardigrades’ superpowers identified in their DNA

Microscopic tardigrades, which are also known as “water bears,” have intrigued scientists for centuries due to their ability to survive in really extreme conditions. Now, a team of researchers claimed to have the discovered the special proteins in their DNA that give the microscopic creatures their superpowers.

Tardigrades are merely 0.002 to 0.05 inches or 0.05 to 1.2 millimeters in length. Thus, these creatures can’t be seen with the naked eye. But, they have rotund heads and four pairs of chubby legs tipped with grasping claws.

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Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

Researchers discover never-seen-before patterns in humpbacks’ behavior

After observing the behavior of humpback whales for years, a team of marine biologists has discovered some never-seen-before patterns in their activities.

The research team studied humpback whales in a creek system on B.C.’s North Coast from 2005 to 2014, and found a “wave” pattern in their behavior. They discovered that humpback whales in the Kitimat creek system move in the wave pattern from the outer channels into the creeks in the fall.

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Researchers discover mysterious ‘wave pattern’ among humpback whales

Researchers discover mysterious ‘wave pattern’ among humpback whales

A years-long study on humpback whales in a creek on B.C.'s North Coast has revealed previously unknown pattern of movement among massive marine creatures.

A team of researchers surveyed the whales in the Kitimat creek system from 2005 to 2014 and found that the marine creatures move in a “wave pattern” from the outer channels in the spring inward into the creeks in the fall.

Lead researcher Janie Wray, of the North Coast Cetacean Society, said that the wave pattern was never recorded in other humpback whales in similar habitats.

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Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers reveal the reason behind Panda’s Interesting Color Pattern

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Long Beach have published a research paper detailing the reason behind distinct black and white color pattern of giant pandas. The research team revealed that Pandas have black and white markings for camouflage and communication purposes. Pandas are very sweet and seem playful. They have been popular on social networks for their funny videos and images while they eat bamboo.

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park

‘April the Giraffe’ has become popular online as Animal Adventure Park, the home of giraffe since September 2015, shared her live video on social media. April is 15 years old and with proper care, she can live for many years to come. Animal experts and staff taking care of April informed that she can give birth to healthy calves in coming years as she is fit and healthy. Animal Adventure Park officials informed that once April is done with nursing her calf, they will be separated.

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