January 19, 2012 What is animal love and how do we know it when we see it? Commentator Barbara J. King invites crowd-sourcing on this question, applying her own ideas to romanticized storks and home-living bunnies. If you've closely observed animals, jump right in.
Narragansett and Standard Bronze heritage breed turkeys browse at a farm in Westport, Mass.
November 23, 2011 Heritage turkey breeds would be extinct if people didn't raise them. And farmers won't raise them if people don't eat them. Breeds like the Narragansett that were close to extinction a decade ago are making a comeback as people choose to go with the darker, gamier meat.
A jury member feels a piece of duck foie gras during a contest of local producers and producers from southwestern France.
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November 16, 2011 To find out why some livers retain fat during cooking, scientists analyzed liver proteins in ducks. They found that if you reduce the time you overfeed the ducks, you're get livers that lose less fat during cooking.
Animal Kings: Ants, like these workers carrying eggs to a plant's leaf after rain flooded their nest, have a combined biomass estimated in the billions of tons.
November 3, 2011 There are now 7 billion people, according to the U.N.'s population division. That prompts a question: Who else is in the 7 Billion Club? To learn which other animals had reached that plateau, we asked wildlife experts — who said it's a tough call.
July 12, 2011 Methuselah, a giant tortoise whose life began in the Galapagos Islands 130 years ago, has died in Rapid City, South Dakota. Since 1954, the huge animal was the star attraction at Reptile Gardens, where officials estimate that he posed for photographs with tens of thousands of visitors.
June 20, 2011 Father's Day got me thinking about just how different different dads are. A piece in Scientific American looks at the various approaches to fatherhood within the animal kingdom. Male marmosets are my top pick and lion dads show room for improvement.
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