Stem Cells Reverse Aging In Mice

Stem Cells Reverse Aging In Mice

Jan 03

Scientists may one day slow down aging with a simple injection of youthful stem cells. They’ve just proven this can be done in mice, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications. The mice, which had been engineered to mimic a human disease called progeria, would normally have grown old when they were quite young. But that changed when researchers injected muscle stem cells from healthy young mice into the bellies of the quickly aging mice. Within days, the doddering and frail mice began to act like they were living the storyline of “The Strange Case of Benjamin Button” as they started looking and acting younger…

The Rotten Truth Behind Egg McMuffins (Updated)

The Rotten Truth Behind Egg McMuffins (Updated)

Nov 23

Mercy For Animals, known for exposing instances of animal cruelty across the country, has just released its newest undercover footage. The video, which was shot at McDonald’s egg supplier Sparboe Egg Farms, the fifth largest egg supplier in the country, shows various acts of animal cruelty…

Cartoon: A Grateful Turkey

Cartoon: A Grateful Turkey

Nov 23

One turkey to another: “What are you grateful for?”

Inside The Mind Of The Octopus

Inside The Mind Of The Octopus

Nov 18

Author Sy Montgomery writes: “On an unseasonably warm day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to touch an alternate reality. I came to meet Athena, the aquarium’s forty-pound, five-foot-long, two-and-a-half-year-old giant Pacific octopus. For me, it was a momentous occasion. I have always loved octopuses. No sci-fi alien is so startlingly strange. Here is someone who, even if she grows to one hundred pounds and stretches more than eight feet long, could still squeeze her boneless body through an opening the size of an orange; an animal whose eight arms are covered with thousands of suckers that taste as well as feel; a mollusk with a beak like a parrot and venom like a snake and a tongue covered with teeth; a creature who can shape-shift, change color, and squirt ink. But most intriguing of all, recent research indicates that octopuses are remarkably intelligent…”

Stunning Bird Murmuration Captured In Ireland

Stunning Bird Murmuration Captured In Ireland

Nov 10

Do you know what a murmuration is, and have you ever witnessed such a dazzling display of avian behavior? The accompanying video shows an enormous flock of European starlings — a murmuration — swirling through the sky in a magnificent ballet that almost seems choreographed. The short-lived seasonal phenomenon, signaling the onset of winter, was captured by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith on a canoe trip atop Ireland’s River Shannon…

An Audience With Koko The ‘Talking’ Gorilla

An Audience With Koko The ‘Talking’ Gorilla

Sep 30

Koko was taught American sign language when she was about a year old. Now 40, she apparently has a working vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and understands around 2,000 words of spoken English. Forty years on, the Gorilla Foundation’s Koko project has become the longest continuous inter-species communications programme of its kind anywhere in the world…

Elephants Reunited After 20 Years

Elephants Reunited After 20 Years

Sep 30

In 2000, “The Urban Elephant” brought viewers the touching story of Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants…

Documentary: ‘Queen Of The Sun – What Are The Bees Telling Us?’

Documentary: ‘Queen Of The Sun – What Are The Bees Telling Us?’

Sep 07

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner’s prediction QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US? examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers…

90 Percent Of Earth’s Plants & Animals Not Yet Discovered Or Classified

90 Percent Of Earth’s Plants & Animals Not Yet Discovered Or Classified

Aug 25

Scientists have yet to discover, or classify, about 90 percent of the plant and animal species on Earth, which is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species — about 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million in the ocean depths…

Memory Retention Requires Uninterrupted Sleep

Memory Retention Requires Uninterrupted Sleep

Aug 16

Continuity of sleep, not just the total hours of nightly slumber, is crucial to forming and retaining memories, a new study in mice suggests…

Award-Winning YouTube Video: ‘Birds On The Wires’

Award-Winning YouTube Video: ‘Birds On The Wires’

Aug 06

“Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make a song, using the exact location of the birds as notes… I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating…”

Lobsters Liberated By Buddhists

Lobsters Liberated By Buddhists

Aug 05

Instead of plunging headfirst to their death in a pot of boiling water, 534 live lobsters escaped the dinner plate and belly flopped to freedom into the dark waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A group of Tibetan Buddhists flanked the sides of a whale-watching boat at dusk on Wednesday, sprayed the lobsters with blessed water, clipped the bands binding their dangerous claws and released them one by one into the deep water below…

Documentary: Farmageddon

Documentary: Farmageddon

Jul 17

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why…

Undiscovered Monsters

Undiscovered Monsters

Jul 17

In an age of satellites and robotic submersibles, it’s easy to assume, with a “been there done that” attitude, that we know all there is to know about Earth. Clearly nature is far from being fully understood by science, and yet some sceptics persist in contemptuously sneering at almost everything outside of their immediate knowledge. With their high-systemised inability to tolerate newness, they stymie open scientific debate, bully original thinkers and drive away those with fascinating new data on unknown species…

Project Nim: A Chimp Raised Like A Human

Project Nim: A Chimp Raised Like A Human

Jul 04

Poor old Carolyn. Six of her previous babies have been taken away from her, and, as this film opens, men are coming to take her seventh. Her son, a chimpanzee named Nim, is two weeks old and is about to be transplanted from his birthplace at a primate research centre in Oklahoma into — wait for it — a large brownstone on the upper west side of Manhattan. There he will live with a human family and be raised as a human child. Thus begins the stranger than fiction true story that’s explored in James March’s new documentary, Project Nim…

NOVA: Ape Genius

NOVA: Ape Genius

Jul 03

At a research site in Fongoli, Senegal, a female chimpanzee breaks off a branch, chews the end to make it sharp, and then uses this rudimentary spear to skewer a tasty bush baby hiding inside a hollow tree. It’s an astonishing breakthrough for primate researchers — the first time anyone has documented a chimpanzee wielding a carefully prepared, preplanned weapon. But it’s only the latest in a slew of extraordinary new findings about ape behavior. The more researchers learn about the great apes — chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans — the more evidence they find of creative intelligence. What, then, is the essential difference between them and us? “Ape Genius,” a NOVA-National Geographic special, explores that provocative question and examines research that is illuminating the ape mind. Bit by bit, investigators are finding an explanation for why the non-human great apes never made the breakthrough into a human-style culture that builds on the achievements of previous generations…

Video: Google Translate For Animals

Video: Google Translate For Animals

Jun 25

Introducing Google Translate for Animals, a new application that can help you communicate with your pet…

Californian Dolphin Gang Caught Killing Porpoises

Californian Dolphin Gang Caught Killing Porpoises

Jun 08

Seemingly random acts of violence by bottlenose dolphins on porpoises could be down to sexual frustration among young males…

Homegrown Revolution (Award-Winning 2009 Short Film)

Homegrown Revolution (Award-Winning 2009 Short Film)

Jun 08

Homegrown Revolution is a short film that was never created for a film festival circuit but has a true homegrown, homemade story behind its creation. The original version of Homegrown Revolution was made in three days for a lecture Jules Dervaes gave at the University of California Los Angeles in October 2007 on the topic of Slow Food. It received a wildly enthusiastic response from the students and, subsequently, attracted an avid following on YouTube, with over 500,000 views to date. This new version of Homegrown Revolution was created in 2009 and went on to screen at many film festivals throughout the world…

Urban Homestead’s New YouTube Channel

Urban Homestead’s New YouTube Channel

Jun 08

Urban Homestead now has a channel on YouTube…

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

‘Worms From Hell’ Expand Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life

Jun 02

For the first time, scientists have found complex, multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities about the spread of life on Earth and potential subsurface life on other planets and moons. Nicknamed “worms from hell,” the nematodes, or roundworms, were found in several gold mines in South Africa. The two lead researchers said the discovery of creatures so far below ground, with nervous, digestive and reproductive systems, was akin to finding “Moby Dick in Lake Ontario.”

Mark Zuckerberg: Why He’s Killing The Meat He Eats

Mark Zuckerberg: Why He’s Killing The Meat He Eats

May 26

“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from…”