US Agency Investigates Surge in Dead Dolphins Along America’s Gulf Coast

Since the beginning of February, over 260 bottlenose dolphin strandings have been documented along America's northern Gulf Coast, prompting the declaration of an “unusual mortality event.” The reason for the strandings isn’t entirely clear, but indications point to excessive freshwater from rain—and even the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which has comprised dolphin health. Read More >>

YouTube Starts Banning Fake ‘Rescue’ Videos of Snakes Attacking Puppies and Kittens

Warning: This post contains descriptions of videos depicting animal cruelty. Read More >>

What Makes Things Slimy?

Probably no more than ten people on Earth have a “favourite” texture, and these are almost certainly not people you would like to know. Conversely, pretty much everyone has a least-favourite texture. What do slugs, unsightly thigh boils, and disease-ridden swamps all have in common? They are all, of course, slimy. But how did they get that way? Where does slime—and/or sliminess—come from? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of slime experts to find out. Read More >>

Who Knew Signs of the Apocalypse Would Be So Adorable

Imagine for a moment that you’re having a boring Tuesday evening at work watching the radar in the state of California for the US National Weather Service. Read More >>

Goo From Giant Salamanders Is Impressively Good at Sealing Wounds

When Chinese giant salamanders are injured, they discharge white mucus from glands on their skin. As new research shows, this sticky salamander goo makes for an excellent medical glue, sealing wounds and encouraging them to heal. Read More >>

Bees Can Learn Symbols Associated With Counting, New Experiment Suggests

A new experiment in which bees were trained to associate symbols with numbers suggests we can communicate with insects in ways not thought possible. Read More >>

The Deep-Sea Dragonfish Has One of the Most Terrifying Smiles on Earth

Scientists have shined a light on one of the creepier denizens of the deep sea, a pitch-black creature that can turn itself into a living lamp called the dragonfish. New research helps explain one of the dragonfish’s more disturbing qualities: its relatively gigantic and translucent teeth. Read More >>

Why Frogs Love to Lay Their Eggs in Elephant Footprints

Frogs in Myanmar are surprisingly dependent upon elephants, or rather, the tracks they leave behind. New research shows that water-filled elephant footprints provide an under-appreciated sanctuary for frogs to lay their eggs. Read More >>

Tourist Infected by Brain-Invading Parasite After Eating Slug on a Dare in Hawaii

Health officials in the US state of Hawaii are warning residents and visitors to avoid slugs, snails, and rats after the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that three travellers visiting the state were recently infected with rat lungworm disease. One visitor got the disease because the individual ate a slug. Read More >>

Bias Against Female Lab Animals Is Messing Up Scientific Research

Gender discrimination in science doesn’t just affect women scientists. It also skews the results of animal research, as a new paper out this week describes. Animals used in experiments are still overwhelmingly male, thanks to outdated stereotypes that hormones like estrogen can distort an experiment’s findings. Read More >>

Mole-Rats Are Impervious to Many Types of Pain

New research shows that several species of African mole-rats have evolved an uncanny ability to ward off certain types of pain, including discomfort wrought by acid, chili peppers, and hot mustard. These insights could eventually lead to advanced pain-relieving therapies in humans. Read More >>

Man Takes First-Ever Photo of Living Colombian Weasel After Finding It Standing on His Toilet

A man rediscovered the rarest South American carnivore after uploading a picture of it climbing on his toilet to a citizen science database. Read More >>

Confronted By Drones, Monkeys Warn Comrades of ‘Incoming Eagle’

Researchers in Senegal recently flew drones in the vicinity of green monkeys to see how the primates might respond. Incredibly, the monkeys produced an instinctual alarm call consistent with an eagle sighting. Kind of makes sense—except for the fact that green monkeys aren’t threatened by eagles. Read More >>

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What’s the Horniest Animal?

Anyone who’s ever watched a nature documentary knows that the animal kingdom is rife with – is, in some sense, composed entirely of – sex fiends and perverts. They’ve got all kinds of genitalia out there in nature, and these are put to frequent, energetic use. Still, some species are surely less sex-crazed than others – fonder, for instance, of doing adorable little tricks, or making a mess of their prey’s intestines. Conversely, some species must dwell in a realm of intense, pan-sensory horniness unimaginable to your average sex-consumed human, and it’s that bunch we’re interested in for this week’s Giz Asks. Below, animal experts weigh in on what animal might be the horniest. Read More >>

How Are Doves and Sparrows Ending Up Inside Baby Sharks?

Back in 2010, scientists were monitoring a shark population on the border between the US states of Mississippi and Alabama. They had hauled up a small tiger shark to tag when something strange happened: It puked up feathers. A DNA analysis revealed that the shark had eaten a brown thrasher, a speckled migratory songbird related to the mockingbird. Read More >>