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How the Zebra Got Its Stripes: Scientists Reveal All

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December 27, 2013
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A new study into motion imaging could explain the evolutionary significance of a zebra's stripes, to confuse predators and disease carrying insects by using optical illusions, according to a scientist in the UK. Joel Flynn reports.


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Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa

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FORA.tv (Aug. 19, 2013) — Mass Extinction Looks Like a GMO Field in Iowa The Long Now Foundation - Our planet gets up to no end of apocalyptic-like tricks over time---periods when it is nearly all ice, all melting ice, all desert, all sea water, all molten lava, and civilizations come and go, sometimes for geological or climate reasons. The planet has samples of all of those conditions that can be visited right now, but no one in their right mind goes there. Craig Childs goes there. One of the world's great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, he finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, giving personal as well as scientific perspective. Through him, we experience "a field guide to the everending Earth."
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Threatened With Extinction, Can the Grevy's Zebra Survive?

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AFP (June 21, 2012) — The Grevy's zebra maybe bigger than their common cousins, but their numbers are far smaller. Only a couple thousand now survive, and conservation groups are confident they can only be saved, if more is done to protect their habitat.
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More to Zebra Finch Than Meets the Ear

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Reuters (Feb. 3, 2013) — The common zebra finch may hold the key to improving the lives of people with speech impediments. Researchers in Denmark are looking closely at the birds' vocalization anatomy and say there are links between the mechanics of birdsong and human speech that could be exploited for therapeutic purposes. Basmah Fahim has more.
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