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Indie Band Bon Iver's Got 2 Pussy Groupies

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Justin Vernon loves his pussy

The boys of the fab indie folk group Bon Iver LOVE cats!

There was always pussies around when the band records. Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon would let his kitties — Flo and Melmon — hang around their studio recoding studio. Justin said:

"I'm really into my pets. They are a good thing to have around for your brain. It's good to take care of something other than yourself."

Justin's isn't the only one that adores Flo and Melmon. The band even features their furry friends on their totes official website!! What's the appeal of the cats? Justin told PEOPLE:

"They are just weirdos. Totally mutt cats, but they have a lot of love and hunt and play outside. They live the high life. I can't really have a dog with my lifestyle."

Ouch! We think that was a burn to dog lovers!

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Science: Dolphins Can Sense Electricity

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Science: Dolphins Can Sense Electricity

WTF?! What can't they do?

In a neat new discovery, researchers have found that one species of dolphin has the ability to sense electricity.

According to Discover Magazine, researchers examined small pits on the dolphin's nose, or vibrissal crypts, and found them to be connected to a number of nerves that reach the dolphin's brain.

Suspecting these crypts to be sense organs, researchers tested Guiana dolphins' reactions to a mild electrical field with and without these crypts covered.

Sharks, rays and platypuses, can also sense electricity but is the first "true mammal" known to be able to detect electrical fields.

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Epileptic Turtle Gets A Brain Scan

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This is the most adorable thing to happen in a lab!

British scientists are sparing no expense to treat a very special patient with epilepsy: A 154-pound turtle named Snorkel.

The loggerhead turtle has had many health problems, including epilepsy for the past 11 years.

She has been at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and, according to the Sun, worried keepers recently went to the unusual expense of getting her an MRI scan on a machine usually used for obese people to see if she has a brain tumor. LOLZ!

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What Really Caused Knut's Death

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Knut's final nrcropsy

Nearly two weeks after the sudden death of Knut the polar bear on March 19, the final necropsy results were made public:

Knut, who walked in circles before freezing up and falling into the water in his enclosure at the Berlin Zoo, drowned.

It was reported before that Knut died of brain anomalies.

While drowning was the immediate cause of death, experts who examined his body concluded that the underlying cause was encephalitis, or a swelling of the brain brought on by an infection.

The nature of the infection is unclear, explained the pathologist who led Knut's examination, although it was probably caused by a virus.

According to reports, Knut carried the infection for quite a while, and it was so severe that it likely would have killed the bear eventually.

Why must the lives of child stars be so tragic?

We'll miss our favorite polar bear!

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Knut's Cause Of Death Was…

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We are all heartbroken by the sudden death of one of the world's most famous Polor Bear, Knut.

The necropsy, or animal autopsy, of the 4-year-old bear, which was undertaken Monday, showed brain anomalies that may be the cause of death.

A press statement from the zoo stated:

"The preliminary results show distinctive anomalies at the brain, which could be seen as the cause of the ice bear's sudden passing. Other irregularities on the organs could not be found from the pathologists."

Death at such a young age is rare, as male polar bears tend to live into their mid-30s in zoos and between 15 and 18 years in the wild.

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How Are Pigeons So Good At Navigation?

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Pigeon Smell Direction

Did you know pigeons are considered the most intelligent bird?

It's their incredible ability to navigate that makes the bird most impressive.

An interesting fact about pigeons is that even if they are released thousands of miles away from their home, they will return back to their roost.

So, what is it that makes them navigate so accurately? Do they follow road signs or do they navigate by use of the earth’s magnetic field?

A study was conducted using a flock of 31 pigeons were selected that had been hand-raised in Pisa, Italy. Scientists inserted small, rubbery plugs into either their left or right nostril. When these pigeons were released 42 km away from their home, they managed to come back safely. But the ones with their left nostril plugged made it back much faster.

This finding suggests that pigeons rely mainly on their distinctive olfactory sense and their ability to recognize odors when they navigate.

Their sense of direction is special - but something humans should not take advantage of.

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Real Life Ant Zombies!!!

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This sounds terrifying!!!!!!

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, is fungus that can "mind control" ants—scientists announced Wednesday.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

All four known fungi species live in Brazil's Atlantic rain forest, which is rapidly changing due to climate change and deforestation, said the study leader.

"It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack."

"This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery."

There better not be any human mind-control fungi!

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