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Conservation Concerns for South America's Remarkable Endemic Dogs

Last year the Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia volume titled Extinct Life appeared in print. I was asked to cover South American mammals, perhaps because they wanted me to write about borhyaenoids, toxodonts, litopterns, astrapotheres and so on (some of which have been covered on Tet Zoo in the past - I really need to get back [...]..

October 27, 2014 — Darren Naish

Is Smell the Key To an Octopus's Heart?

We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell...

October 24, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites?

Is complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be contingent on a number of very specific and unlikely factors in the history of the Earth...

October 24, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
A Soda Tax = Bad News for Big Industry

A Soda Tax = Bad News for Big Industry

This week’s video comes from Patrick Mustain over at the Food Matters blog. His short animation on the topic of applying taxes to sugary beverages gets directly to the point...and the point is bad news for the giants in the soda industry...

October 17, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Culture Dish: Promoting Diversity in Science Writing

Culture Dish: Promoting Diversity in Science Writing

The most persistent — and infuriating — question about diversity in science writing has to be: "Why do we need diversity?" Sometimes that question is followed by this: "Isn't science color-blind?" To answer that second question first — no, science is most definitely not color-blind, any more than history or politics or literature is color-blind...

October 15, 2014 — Apoorva Mandavilli & Nidhi Subbaraman
Scientific American Online Now Speaks Spanish

Scientific American Online Now Speaks Spanish

In 1845, when Scientific American was founded, the name was aspirational for a young country in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Before the 1800s were out, however, it launched an edition in Spanish...

October 15, 2014 — THE EDITORS

Skinks, Skinks, Skinks!

Skinks (properly Scincidae… though read on) are one of the most successful of squamate groups, accounting for approximately 1500 species - in other words, for about 25% of all lizards...

October 10, 2014 — Darren Naish
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