The Weekly Round Up: June 4-10

Hi again.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but now that I’ve got internet, I’m back here on a Saturday to bother you with all of the environmental news I found interesting this week.  There was a lot that went on this week, what with it being World Environment Day on Monday, Canadian Environment Week, and World Oceans Day on Thursday.  Outside of all of that, there were ancient birds, Macron trolling Trump, and whales in NYC.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 5-11

I’m so conflicted over this week.  Look, there were some really great stuff that happened this week, and I should be ecstatic.  The VW emissions scandal is finally coming to a close, we might have a cure for face cancer in Tasmanian devils, and- drumroll please– Shell is divesting from the oilsands!!!!!  Unfortunately, the WHO released a real terrifying report, and Scott Pruitt is an absolute moron, definitely setting up some hard times for the environment in the states.  So yeah, it’s been a week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

Weird Wednesdays: Flehmen Response

Well, apparently you guys really liked last week’s inaugural Weird Wednesdays entry, so get ready for another one.  This week I want to talk about a behaviour that most of you have probably seen, but don’t know what it is- especially you horse people, you’ve definitely seen it.  Called the flehmen response (or reaction or position), it is a behaviour undergone by tons of mammals to “taste” the air.  It also makes animals look super funny.  What makes this behaviour one step weirder, is that it is connected to an organ most know thanks to snakes.  That’s right, snakes and horses share the same organ- the Jacobson’s organ- and taste smells in a similar fashion. Continue reading

I’m Starting With The Ant In The Mirror!

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How many times have you looked in the mirror today? Or not even in a mirror, but in a tinted window, at the reflection in your computer screen, or checked yourself out using your phone-camera? We’re all guilty of being far too vain, but this behaviour is a very special thing. Our ability to recognize ourselves in the mirror is a unique quality that many animal species do not have. Of those species that can recognize themselves (that we know of), the majority of them are mammals. The most extensive research on self-recognition has been conducted on apes, dolphins, dogs and magpies. Well we can now add a new species to the list of self-recognizing animals…ANTS!  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 14-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  Your source fall all news environmental that may have flown under the raider, or maybe is so big that I can’t help, but talk about it (I mean the SeaWorld news this week is pretty big).  This week we’ve got some great news for cetaceans, our killer environment, GPS frogs, and mutant Alzheimer’s mice.  So grab a cup of Joe, and join me as we talk all about this week’s news! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: February 29-March 5

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(cc) Photo by DonkeyHotey

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  This week we’ve got a myriad of things, from new animal cruelty laws in Boston, to horrible “animal” games in China, and new beetle research.  What’s really exciting though, is the beetle research, because I think it’s got some pretty interesting human world applications.  To give you a hint at what I mean, I think it could really help Trump and the other Republican presidential candidates, release some of that pent up anger, and really blow off some steam.  Anyways, let’s dive right in. Continue reading

Mother Nature Came Out Of The Closet!

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It looks like the Internet’s latest victim is Manny Pacquiao. Last week it was reported that Manny had made a statement opposing Barack Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. However, the reason why it became an Internet feeding frenzy was because Manny was misquoted as referencing a section from Leviticus implying that all gay men should die or burn or something…honestly I gave up reading the Bible after my church only cast me as a shepherd in the Nativity Play! Seriously, you’d think that they would have seen the talent that they had in front of me and at least given me Joseph… but I digress. Turns out homosexuality isn’t just for the parades! Same-sex love-making behaviour is found all over the animal kingdom! So Manny Pacquiao – cover your eyes – because it’s about to get homo-licious up in here! Continue reading

What Matters Most to Males, Food or Sex?

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Be prepared for every one of your future boyfriends to source this research… I saw Thomas mention this research in the Weekly Round Up and I wanted to dive in further and find out what all the hub-bub was about! Also, I could picture every single magazine from Cosmo to Men’s Health taking this story and running with it. So here is the Earth Unfiltered take on this very interesting research. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 12-17

After last week’s crazy busy week, it seems that the world has taken a bit of a break toying around with our environment- which is kind of nice.  This week we’ve got an update to the sewage situation in Montreal, a cat running for  Prime Minister of Canada, and some new sex research out of University College London.  So here it is, the Weekly Round Up.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Twerking Is Scientifically Attractive, And You’ll Never Guess Why

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Twerking has recently swept the world, from Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, to Miley Cyus at the VMAs and viral videos made by Jimmy Kimmel, we love all a good twerk.  What you might be surprised to learn, however, is that there is actually some science behind why we love twerking so much.  The geniuses behind this new dance- yes geniuses- have tapped into our primitive emotions to create a success.  You see twerking is all about the lordosis behaviour. Continue reading

Do Animals Understand Seasons?

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(CC) Shelly

Today’s a beautiful day out, isn’t it?  It’s almost like it’s summer out, and I don’t know about you, but that gives me this nice warm and fuzzy feeling inside.  But based on the old calendar it’s not yet summer.  So that got me thinking, we’ve set up a wonderful calendar system that tells us when months and seasons change, but what about the rest of the animal world?  How do plants know when to release pollen, or hibernators when to wake up, or, really, how does any living thing know that it’s time to go into summer mode?  Turns out, it’s a bit more involved than you might think. Continue reading

New Evidence Suggests Animals Can Predict Earthquakes!

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Research conducted by Dr. Rachel Grant from the Anglia Ruskin University brings forth new data that demonstrates changes in animal behaviour prior to an earthquake. The seismic activity in question is the 7.0 earthquake that struck Peru in 2011.

Grant and her team were observing animals within the Yanachaga National Park using motion-triggered cameras. On a regular day, the cameras would record between 5-15 animal sightings. However, significant differences were seen 23 days before the earthquake struck when sightings dropped to 5 or less per day.

Things got even weirder when cameras captured zero sightings for 5 out of the 7 days before the earthquake. Continue reading

Flamingos Have Friends Too?

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In the department of incredible news, we have Paul Rose and his flamingos.  Have you ever asked if flamingos have friends?  Cause Paul has.  A PhD student at the University of Exeter, UK, Paul is interested in animal welfare and husbandry, specifically making the lives of flamingos in captivity better.  Paul Rose has already found that flamingos can become friends, but he doesn’t know if this is just families sticking together, or true bffls.  With your help, he now hopes to find out the genetics behind flamingo friendships. Continue reading