Up high in the hills of Eastern Italy, inside the imposing Fonte Avellana hermitage, a whip lashes across the back of a Benedictine monk. Instead of feeling just pain, he feels a lightness inside himself as his humanly sins are forgiven. In the bustling heart of Istanbul, a young Muslim man celebrates as Ramadan comes to an end. … Continue reading The Case of the Waterfall Worshiping Chimp: How religion and spirituality may not belong to just humans.
Through the cold, dense undergrowth in Northern America, a swollen tiger salamander is on the search for the ideal place to lay her eggs. It could be a pond, or a melted puddle of snow, she doesn't mind. Just as long as she finds it soon. Finally, she comes across a small pond, submerges herself … Continue reading Hungry Hungry Hippos: The stomach churning truth about cannibalism.
In the heart of Toronto zoo, an unsuspected relationship blossomed. For Pedro and Buddy, two male African penguins, it was love at first sight. Instead of following the zookeepers' plans and pairing off with one of the many fertile females, the two males couldn't keep away from one another. They were not interested in the … Continue reading The Story of Buddy & Pedro: How animals don’t discriminate when it comes to love.
Ever been in a situation where you’ve heard something about another person that is just too good not to share? Maybe you overheard a confidential conversation happening between managers in the corridor at work, or saw Stacey getting her flirt on with Becky’s ex at the bar on Saturday night. You feel a small rush of … Continue reading Gossip Girl Here: How campfire gossip helped the human race grow and survive.
In the sheltered reefs of the Pacific Ocean, a strange but fascinating phenomenon is about to take place. The largest male clown fish in the school has spent the day asserting his dominance in an effort to remain on top. It's tiring work, as he must defend his throne from any of the subordinate males that may … Continue reading Nemo the Sex-Changing Clown Fish: The presence of sex alteration in the animal kingdom.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, two closely related species of apes have set up home in the trees surrounding the picturesque Congo River. Although they are cousins and share many anatomical similarities, their social lives are immensely different. One group, residing just to the South of the river, spends their days in relative peace, snacking … Continue reading Feminism in the Forest: Lessons we can learn from our ape cousins.
It's 2000 years ago in Western China, and Zhang Chang, a high-ranking and well respected government official is settling down for an evening at home with his beloved wife. However, his relaxation would not last long, as a sharp and urgent knock rang out on his front door. Confused by who could possibly be knocking at … Continue reading Arsenic, Flamingos & Criminally Good Brows: A short history on our journey to looking hot as hell.