How to Make a Simple Mason Bee Hotel

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Unlike honeybees, mason bees are solitary bees that do not live in colonies. The female mason bee nests in hollow tubes, where she constructs walls of mud to protect her eggs. She will be very picky about the cleanliness of the tubes she nests in, but once she has selected a proper tube, she builds the first mud wall. She constructs these walls by making about 15-25 trips to a nearby source of mud. Continue reading

Amazing aquatic life: Blue-banded sea snakes “breathe” through their heads

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Sea snakes, despite their name, still need to surface to get air to breathe. Australian researchers, however, have found one species that has developed an organ that lets it effectively “breathe” underwater for a limited time. Continue reading

Top Freshwater Aquarium Plants: Tops Plants To Put In An Aquarium

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Aquarium supply stores offer a huge variety of beautiful aquatic plants and many are easy to grow, even for newbies. Are you wondering what plants to put in an aquarium? If you’re a beginner, or even if you aren’t, here are great aquatic plants for fish tanks. Continue reading

Finding the elusive jaguar was a challenge for wildlife photographer

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Long walks through mountains and jungles led to Alejandro Prieto’s Jaguar Story Continue reading

Cretaceous ‘terror crocodile’ crushed dinosaurs with banana-size teeth

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Hummingbird Moth Facts: How To Attract Hummingbird Moths To Gardens

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Adding ornamental flowers to yard spaces and containers is an excellent way to incorporate color and interest to the summer garden. In doing so, growers are also creating an oasis for pollinating insects  and hummingbirds. Dazzling, nectar-rich flowers are especially attractive when in full bloom. Continue reading

2 captive beluga whales finally freed to a seawater sanctuary in Iceland

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This is the first time they’ve felt the sea in more than 10 years. Continue reading

The Truth About Pet Cancer

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Cara Mia’s Story

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The Truth About PET Cancer – Episode 2

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Strange, spiral bee combs look like fantastical crystal palaces. Now we know why.

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In a world of bland hexagonal honeycombs, a small group of rebellious Australian bees has chosen to build spiral staircases. Continue reading

5,000 years of history of domestic cats in Central Europe

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A loner and a hunter with highly developed territorial instincts, a cruel carnivore, a disobedient individual: the cat. These features make the species averse to domestication. Even so, we did it. Nowadays, about 500 million cats live in households all around the world; it is also difficult to estimate the amount of the homeless and the feral ones Continue reading

Non-organic cow’s milk found to contain TOXIC chemicals like pesticides and growth hormones

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Lots of people are waking up to the dangers of conventional produce and sticking to organic varieties, but a recent study serves as a reminder of why it’s also important to go organic when it comes to cow’s milk too.

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Milk Thistle: Multiple Benefits but Not a Good Garden Plant

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  • The compound with the highest bioactivity in milk thistle is silymarin, which helps reduce inflammation
  • Milk thistle protects the liver against poisons such as alcohol, death cap mushrooms and chemotherapy
  • It’s used in dairy cows to increase milk production and has been found to help increase milk in lactating human mothers; it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • The fast-growing, invasive species is poisonous to grazing animals; however, the flowers can be harvested for the seeds and used in salads, smoothies or brewed tea

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Why Bats Are Ecological Superheroes

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Bats are ecological superheroes. They feed on agricultural pests and pollinate many popular food crops including bananas, cacao, mangos, peaches and figs
  • Did you know that without bats, we wouldn’t have tequila? Bats pollinate agave, the primary ingredient in tequila, which blooms at night in the Desert Southwest
  • “Bats — Unsung Heroes” highlights several hotspots for bats, including the South Congress bridge in Austin, Texas, and Bracken Cave, near San Antonio, Texas
  • About 20 million bats live in Bracken Cave. Each night they eat 147 tons of insects, most of which are agricultural pests
  • Bats save farmers in the U.S. up to $53 billion per year

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Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue, reverses aging in mice

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New study suggests that plasma exchange could be the key to unlocking the body’s regenerative capacities

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