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Man Drives 20 Hours, Saves 11 Sochi Strays

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One man, infuriated by Sochi’s program to exterminate thousands of stray dogs in preparation for the Olympic Games, took the rescue effort into his own hands. Igor Airapetyan drove for 20 hours over 990 miles from Moscow to Sochi to adopt 11 homeless dogs. His jam-packed car was caught on tape by a local news station:
“The Olympics have always been a symbol of peace, wars have been halted for the duration of the Olympics. But in Russia, the Olympics are built on blood,”Airapetyan told Radio Free Europe.

Now, Airapetyan is back in Moscow and trying to find homes for the dogs he rescued in Sochi. He hopes to spotlight animal cruelty in Russia in Sochi and elsewhere.

“I went there not only to pick up these 10 dogs but also to draw attention to this issue, to rally people and get them organized,” Airapetyan told RFE. “In the future, I would like to unite animal-protection groups so people can act in a consolidated manner with joint information resources.”

The Sawfish

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The Sawfish is a type of ray named for its long, saw-like snout, called a rostrum. They are very unusual-looking fish, and very large, and are very popular in aquariums; however, they are considered endangered in the wild.

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Sawfish use their rostrum, which is covered in sensitive pores much like a shark’s, to detect prey hiding in the sand, before smacking the prey to stun them before the sawfish feeds.

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Although the sawfish usually moves at a calm, leisurely pace, they are capable of using their powerful rostrums to defend themselves, even being able to hold their own against sharks. Curious divers have been known to be on the recieving end of a sawfish’s rostrum on occasion, but fatalities are rare.

The Black Dragonfish

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The scientists reported some spectacular findings yesterday, displaying ancient volcanic rocks and strange-looking creatures with big eyes collected from the deep sea.

Using a sophisticated side-beam sonar system covering a 10-mile swath of the ocean bottom, the geophysicists and geologists made the first detailed maps of the Musician Seamounts. YouTube facts you didn’t know

Besides seamounts, the Musician chain has a new class of volcano discovered only recently, the scientists said. The chain has elongated ridges two miles high, five miles across and up to 300 miles long.

“You see some things like this on Venus and the moon,” said Jason Morgan, with the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences at Kiel University. But until recently, he said, “People thought such features were unique to other planets.”

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Pan, who works with professor Rodey Batiza in the UH Department of Geology and Geophysics, said he believes the Musician Seamounts were formed at a hot spot in Earth’s mantle. But he thinks the ridges are the result of impact between the hot spot and mid-ocean spreading center.

Ernst Flueh, chief scientist for the cruise, said the new type of volcano has been found in about 10 sites around the world. One of the big questions is whether the ridges were formed from a single eruption or a mixing of material from Earth’s plate motions, he said.

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Seismic studies by the SONNE indicate much of the magma erupted at the surface and only a small fraction was deposited in the deeper crust, he said.

Morgan speculated that the magma oozed from from a feeder dike, or giant crack, and spread out on the surface, and the volcano was built by flows one on top of each other.

His father, geophysicist Jason Morgan of Princeton University, said seismic experiments and the aging of the rocks will help them determine the structure of the volcanoes.

The biologists also have some mysteries to unravel, particularly why many animals in the deep, dark sea have large eyes, said Peter Herring, marine biologist at the Southhampton Oceanographic Center in England.

“It’s paradoxical.”

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They also see and communicate by making their own light (bioluminescence) from pigments along their bodies, he said.

“We have a whole bunch of new species to compare with Atlantic ones,” Herring said. “Some we’ve never seen before.”

The biologists used special equipment to maintain dark, cold conditions for the animals when they brought them up from the sea, and took the creatures into a dark room for study.

Besides big eyes, the fish have very big teeth, Herring pointed out, explaining that because they don’t get a meal often they must not miss one.

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More UH scientists will be doing research on the SONNE in the future, he said. One of the world’s most advanced research ships, it is supported by the German Ministry for Education, Research and Technology.

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Cat Breeders Discover New Breed of Felines That Look Like Werewolves

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Tennessee-based breeders have created a new breed of cat with a touch of the supernatural. The ‘Lykoi’ has the looks of a werewolf, but apparently behaves more like a dog. Due to a genetic mutation in a domestic shorthair cat, the Lykoi has no hair around its eyes, nose, ears and muzzle, giving it a werewolfish appearance.

The name ‘Lykoi’ loosely translates as ‘wolf cat’ in Greek. It has patchy hair on the rest of its body and a ‘hound dog personality’. According to the official website for the breed, “They like to hunt around the house for whatever they can find. They show caution to strangers but warm up quickly and become very friendly.”

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“There was no human intervention to create the cat,” said breeder Johnny Gobble. “The gene is a natural mutation that appeared in the domestic cat population. We are simply using the genetics of natural processes.”

It all started when the three foundation breeders – Gobble, his wife Brittney and Patti Thomas – located the first two kittens. Gobble then used cats from two groups of kittens to breed the first Lykoi kittens.

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When researchers found that a new breed had been created, they made sure the kittens were completely healthy before breeding them. Several tests were conducted to rule out genetic illnesses. Dermatologists at the University of Tennessee tested them for skin abnormalities, given the strange coat of the Lykoi.

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That’s when they discovered that some of the cats’ hair follicles did not have all the components needed to create hair. Even the follicles that were able to produce hair did not have the proper balance required to maintain it. So the Lykoi can go completely bald over a period of time. Although the similarity is striking, DNA tests confirmed that these cats are not Sphinx, the famous breed of hairless cats.

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A cardiologist performed cardiac scans to ensure there were no structural problems with the heart. “In the end,” said the breeders, “we found that the cats are healthy, and the hair pattern is not from any known disease or disorder. It was determined that it was indeed a true natural mutation, and our breeding program began. September 14, 2011, we welcomed the first kitten from a Lykoi Cat to Lykoi Cat breeding. She has been named ‘Daciana’ and to date she is the only known second generation Lykoi.”

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The Lykoi kittens are now hot property, with just seven registered breeders in the world. There are about 14 existing litters of kittens that are not from the original litter. According to Gobble, breeders are currently flooded with requests for Lykoi. He himself gets asked about the breed about 10 times a day.

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“We are doing our very best to monitor breeding cats to ensure that the Lykoi cat will be a new breed that has wonderful health, great personality, and the Lykoi (werecat) look,” he said. I watched a few videos of these kittens and, I don’t know, I’m not a great fan of them. They’re kind of creepy. Would you like to get one?

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Lamprey Fish

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Lampreys are a very ancient and primitive group of jawless vertebrates. Rare fossil remains from over 300 million years ago strongly suggest that today’s lampreys have changed little over this time.

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Most species of lamprey are parasites and have long, eel-like bodies that lack scales. They use their jawless mouths to attach to a host fish by suction before sucking out the living tissues. There are nearly 50 species of lamprey, most of whom spend their lives out at sea and return to freshwater only to spawn.

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Lampreys live mostly in coastal and fresh waters, although some species, (e.g. Geotria australis, Petromyzon marinus, Entosphenus tridentatus) travel significant distances in the open ocean, as evidenced by their lack of reproductive isolation between populations. They are found in most temperate regions except those in Africa. Their larvae (ammocoetes) have a low tolerance for high water temperatures, which may explain why they are not distributed in the tropics.

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Adults physically resemble eels, in that they have no scales, and can range anywhere from 13 to 100 centimetres (5 to 40 inches) long. Lacking paired fins, adult lampreys have large eyes, one nostril on the top of the head, and seven gill pores on each side of the head. The unique morphological characteristics of lampreys, such as their cartilaginous skeleton, suggest they are the sister taxon of all living jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes), and are usually considered the most basal group of the Vertebrata.They will generally not attack humans unless starved.