Animals
The Whales Aren’t Alright

The Whales Aren’t Alright

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gray whales have been dying off the coast of California, and scientists are trying to figure out exactly why. From 2019 through this summer, 69 whales have stranded on California beaches of nearly 500 total along the North American coast from Mexico to Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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Horseshoe Crabs on Path to Extinction Due to Medical Testing

Horseshoe Crabs on Path to Extinction Due to Medical Testing

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Horseshoe crabs have a special quality — their bright-blue blood coagulates when exposed to harmful bacteria. Scientists discovered this in the 1960s, and have been using horseshoe crab blood ever since to test medications, needles, and biomedical devices to make sure they’ve been rid of contaminants.  But this has […]

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One Cool Thing: 3D-Printed Prosthetics for Animals

One Cool Thing: 3D-Printed Prosthetics for Animals


3D-printed prosthetics are giving animals second chances. From printed limbs to printed beaks, experts are raving about the possibilities. The idea isn’t new; in 2008, Beauty the bald eagle became the first bird to receive a 3D-printed beak. But since then, dozens more have gotten their groove back, and design and development are improving significantly. With some […]

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Study Finds that Giraffes Have Complex Social Relationships

Study Finds that Giraffes Have Complex Social Relationships

New research from the University of Bristol shows that giraffes, contrary to popular belief, have complex social behaviors. While a book from 1991 described giraffes as “socially aloof, forming no lasting bonds with its fellows and associating in the most casual way,” in their review of 404 papers, the researchers found that giraffes appear to […]

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Commercial Pesticide Formulas Could Be Twice as Deadly for Honeybees

Commercial Pesticide Formulas Could Be Twice as Deadly for Honeybees

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study from the University of Texas at Austin has found that many commercial pesticide formulas, often a mix of multiple pesticides, can be twice as deadly to bee populations than single-pesticide formulas. Researchers now say that these pre-mixed formulas should require a license for use. They’re urging the […]

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Emperor Penguin Populations Could Decline by 98% by 2100

Emperor Penguin Populations Could Decline by 98% by 2100

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic has notoriously decimated the habitats of the world’s beloved polar bears. Now, another polar species is staring down the barrel of extinction on the opposite side of the globe. On Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing Emperor penguins as “threatened” under the Endangered Species […]

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