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Babies Know What’s Fair
2012-02-18 06:09:56

“That´s not fair!” It´s a common playground complaint. But how early do children acquire this sense of fairness? Before they´re 2, says a new study. “We found that 19- and 21-month-old infants have a general expectation of fairness, and they can apply it appropriately to different situations,” says University of Illinois psychology graduate student Stephanie Sloane, who conducted the study with UI´s Renée Baillargeon and David Premack...

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2010-10-19 06:15:00

New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge in England gives insight into how sloths, one of the few mammals with more than seven neck vertebrae, evolved their uniquely long necks. The mystery of how the three-toed sloth came to have as many as 10 neck vertebrae has long puzzled scientists, given that most of the 5,000 mammal species have exactly seven vertebrae in their necks. Other animals, such as birds and lizards, vary greatly in the number of vertebrae in their...

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2009-08-25 16:40:00

A Norwegian man seeking to collect 1 million hand-created giraffes for his Web site said the total drawings and models has surpassed 130,000. Ola Helland, 24, of Stavanger, Norway, said a bet with his friend Jorgen inspired him to create OneMillionGiraffes.com, which began receiving thousands of submissions each day after it caught the attention of Internet users on Facebook and Twitter, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. We were just small-talking and discussed the Internet and how...

2009-08-01 18:04:31

The newest arrival at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is a 120-pound, 6-foot-2 mail male giraffe, born to two first time parents, a zoo official said. Kipenzi, 6, went into labor just before noon Thursday and gave birth at about 12:30 p.m. Within an hour, the calf was standing for the first time. The father is Riley, 6. The Salt Lake City Deseret News reported. It already seems that Kipenzi is a good mom who is bonding well with her baby, said Nancy Carpenter, associate director for animal...

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2009-06-30 16:30:00

A Washington state couple said they drove to Virginia and back for their latest exotic pet -- a 26-day-old giraffe. John and Jane Schreiner said they paid a large, large sum for Karson, a baby giraffe born at the Natural Bridge Zoo near Roanoke, Va., and arrived home with the animal Friday after a cross-country drive, The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday. The couple said Karson will live in their Spokane County home for about four months before moving to the 12,000-acre...

2009-05-22 19:41:25

Two giraffes, returning to the Minnesota Zoo for the first time in three years, remembered where they used to get fed by visitors, zoo staffers say. Sweta and Zawadi were released last week into the Africa! Exhibit, a summer attraction first put together in 2006, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The half-brothers went straight to the platform that serves as a feeding station. There's no doubt in my mind that they remembered this exhibit, Tony Fisher, the collections manager, said. The...

2009-03-22 11:19:05

The operators of a wildlife preserve in Page, Ariz., that is home to some of singer Michael Jackson's animals must vacate the site, an official says. Page Assistant City Attorney Robert Wingo said thanks to judge's order, the Voices of the Wild Foundation has less than 60 days to leave its Banjoko preserve that occupies 185 acres of city land, The (Flagstaff) Arizona Daily Sun reported Saturday. The wildlife foundation failed to meet the terms of its land lease with the city, leading to a...

2008-08-17 12:00:24

ASHEBORO -- A 14-year-old male giraffe died at the North Carolina Zoo on Thursday afternoon while undergoing surgery to remove a stone blocking his urinary tract. Azog was born at the N.C. Zoo in July 1994. He was one of two adult giraffes in the zoo's collection. Keepers noticed he was having urinary problems Thursday morning and called in zoo veterinarians, who diagnosed the problem. The zoo's chief veterinarian, Mike Loomis, said the blockage would have eventually caused the...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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