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Ali Landry Grows Her Own Butterflies

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Ali Landry is so gorgeous and sweet!

She and her daughter must've caught several caterpillars and kept them in a little container.

They've recently scaled the sides of their new enclosure and they are just about ready to metamorphose!

She shared a pic (above) and wrote:

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Japan's Nuclear Fallout Leaves Mutated Butterflies

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Sad…even insects are feeling the repercussions of this horrendous accident.

Since March 2011, Japan has been recovering from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Now, researchers are finding that butterflies from the heavily radiated areas are displaying mutations.

The mutations include

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Alicia Keys Plays All The Right Notes On The Cover Of Vibe

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Alicia Keys and her pompadour are looking fierce on the cover of Vibe magazine's April/May issue.

Besides looking flawless on the front cover, the songstress says she's the happiest she's ever been.

Alicia explains to the mag:

"I think I always figured I was happy. What’s not to be happy about? I have a great life and can do things I only dreamed of, and go places I only imagined in my mind, and that seemed like happiness to me. But I didn’t actually know happiness until recently."

And we’re happy for her! Seems like she’s really come full-circle both in her personal life and career, and it shows!

Check out the full spread (below) and let us know which is UR favorite shot!

[Images courtesy of Vibe.]

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Orlando Bloom And His Mum Want Kids To Save Butterflies

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Orlando Bloom And His Mum Encourage Kids To Save Butterflies

Orlando Bloom's mom just wrote a children's book!

Her passion for Britain's endangered butterflies inspired Sonia Copeland Bloom (btw, great name for a children's book writer) to write Crystal, the Small Miracle.

The book cornices the dangerous life of a caterpillar and it's amazing transformation into the much prettier version of itself. Does that sound like a book you read in third grade called The Very Hungry Caterpillar?? Yeah, us too. But whatever. Orlando's Bloom's mother can re-tell it!!

PLUS Orlando totes backs the book!

“I am delighted to back Butterfly Conservation and their efforts to ensure that these wonderful insects are conserved for future generations to enjoy,”

The actor was quoted saying while on the set of The Hobbit.

You know… Orlando's mom isn't the only one with the a children's book coming out. You should check out Perez's children's book The Boy With The Pink Hair!!

[Image via WENN/Andres Otero.]

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Humans Could Possess A Sixth Sense!

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Unfortunately, we still can't see dead people. Darn! LOLz!

New research by the University of Massachusetts Medical School suggests humans may have an internal compass that can navigate them from one place to another!

By studying the monarch butterfly’s ability to use the earth's magnetic field to navigate in the absence of light, thanks to something called cryptochrome genes, researchers determined humans may have the same capabilities!

One of the monarch’s two cryptochrome genes — light-sensitive proteins that help regulate the daily rhythm of the body’s cells — is similar in its DNA sequence to the human cryptochrome gene.

The human cryptochrome gene is highly active in the eye, which raises the possibility that the earth's magnetic field can actually be seen (in some sense), providing the cryptochromes interact with the retina.

The discovery has prompted study authors to believe "a reassessment of human magnetosensitivity may be in order."

Other animals including butterflies, birds, and foxes use this internal navigation system, leaving scientists to ponder why we may have lost our ability to take advantage of this "sixth sense".

John B. Phillips of Virginia Tech, who proposed a similar idea last year, has hypothesized:

“It may be that our electromagnetic world is interfering with our ability to do this kind of stuff."

Researchers say the next step is understanding how the cryptochrome proteins sense the magnetic field and how they convey that information to the monarch butterfly's brain.

[Image via AP Images.]

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