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A US Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

According to a Monday report in East Idaho News, longtime science teacher Robert Crosland at Preston Junior High School is in trouble over what Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says is a “regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” for use in Crosland’s classes. Read More >>

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Surgeons Remove 915 Coins From the Belly of a Sea Turtle

In Thailand, it’s believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process. Read More >>

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Idiots Can’t Stop Painting Tortoises

In the latest edition of What Did The Good Earth Do to Deserve Humanity, some asshats down in Florida have been turning the shells of threatened gopher tortoises into their personal easels. According to Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), this needs to stop. Read More >>

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Baby Turtles Getting Hypnotised For Science Is So Cute It Hurts

Baby sea turtles don’t really need our help being adorable, but remarkably, scientists have figured out a way to make the tiny shelled reptiles even more mind-numbingly cute: by hypnotising them. Read More >>

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Tucker the Turtle Can’t Fart, Gets Treated For the Bends

Tucker the turtle can’t swim underwater because he has an abnormal build-up of bubbles in his body. To treat his “buoyancy problem,” researchers at Seattle’s Virginia Mason hospital put him in a hyperbaric chamber, making him the first nonhuman patient to receive such treatment. Read More >>

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Movie Trailer Brings Back Bebop and Rocksteady

Those of a certain age are going to be very excited by this -and then will probably be very disappointed once the full thing hits the cinema). The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows has just landed, and it sees the return of some of the cartoon and comic books' most-loved characters. Read More >>

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The Weird Reason Why Turtles are Delaying So Many Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have finally figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. Read More >>

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This Robotic Sea Turtle is Built to Find Hidden Treasure in Shipwrecks

Thanks to millions and millions of years of evolution, sea turtles work. They work well. They can swim stealthily around the ocean, sliding between chunks of coral if necessary. That in mind, it's no wonder the sea creatures are the inspiration for the latest underwater robots. Read More >>

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This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace

Mankind's attempts to create robotic humans that move exactly like us have so far been far from perfect. They usually stumble around, desperately trying to keep their balance like a toddler taking its first steps. But recreating the natural motions of underwater creatures like sea turtles? We've damn near perfected that. Read More >>

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Seen a Load of Owls Flying About Recently? It’s All Harry Potter’s Fault

Apparently Britain is positively overflowing with owls that have been turfed out of their homes. Potter fans that fell in love with the wizard's mail-delivering pet owl, Hedwig, all went out and bought one. Now that Potter's all done and dusted the poor owls are getting dumped too. Read More >>

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‘Extinct’ Giant Turtle Might Join Lonesome George As World’s Rarest Creature

A giant tortoise species presumed extinct for more than 150 years is actually roaming the Galápagos islands today according to DNA evidence, scientists report. Read More >>

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And the Ig Nobel Prize Goes To: Crusher Tank Parking Enforcer, Wasabi Alarm and Structured Procrastination

The Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last night! It's that fun time of year when we get to enjoy scientists' geektastic senses of humor. Read More >>