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Will Mars Be A Vegan Planet?

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Will Mars Be A Vegan Planet?

Vegans in space!

A rocket producer called SpaceX recently announced they're planing on flying people to Mars to make a human colony. We know what your thinking — What will they eat??

Okay, it's not the first thing that came to our mind either. But the people at PETA were all over it! They're petitioning that Mars should be an all-vegan planet!

The animal rights group sent out a press release saying:

“the Martian colony is an opportunity to make a kind civilization in which humans don’t exploit other beings. And since the animal agriculture industry is toxic to human health and to the environment, an all-vegan civilization would ensure that the new Martian citizens would have long and healthy futures.”

Hmm… that's IS something to think about.

Even if their dream of a vegan-friendly planet doesn't come true, we think it's awesome the PETA's goals don't end at home. Looks like they won't stop till the whole universe is rid of animal cruelty!

What do you think of an all-vegan planet? Tweet us UR thoughts HERE!

[image via NASA]

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With Global Warming Has A Surprising Effect On Penguin Populations

Filed under: Science!EndangeredPenguin

some penguins thrive in warmer weather

We have some good news and some bad news…

Climate change has created a paradise for some pack ice penguin colonies and a purgatory for others, but the long-term fate of all Adélie and emperor penguins seems sealed, as relentless warming eventually pulls their rug of sea ice out from under them.

Adelie penguins colonies - located at the northern fringe of Antarctica, in the Antarctic Peninsula - have collapsed as an intrusion of warmer seawater shortens the annual winter sea ice season.

In the past three decades, the Adélie population on the peninsula, has fallen by almost 90 percent. The peninsula’s only emperor colony is now extinct.

But in the Ross Sea a reverse trend is occurring: Winter sea ice cover is growing, and Adélie populations are actually thriving. The Cape Royds colony grew more than 10 percent every year.

Across Ross Island, the Adélie colony at Cape Crozier (one of the largest known, with an estimated 230,000 breeding pairs) has increased by about 20 percent.

[Image via WENN.]

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Fire Ants Swarm Makes Waterproof Raft

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Totally impressive or totally creepy?

When a city floods, humans stack sandbags and raise levees. When a fire ant colony floods, the ants link up to form a literal life raft.

According to new research,

"They'll gather up all the eggs in the colony and will make their way up through the underground network of tunnels, and when the flood waters rise above the ground, they'll link up together in these massive rafts."

In less than two minutes the ants can link "hands" to form a floating structure that kept all the insects safe.

You would think the ant on the bottom would be SOL but even the ants down below survive, thanks to tiny hairs on the ants' bodies that trap a thin layer of air.

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Hen Helps Rabbit Raise Her Offspring

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Awww! What an amazing story!

At an Australian wildlife park, a chicken and a rabbit are co-parenting a colony of newborn rabbits!

Park staff have never seen anything like it, but suspect since the chicken, Silky, has never hatched an egg herself, her maternal instincts are kicking in.

The mother rabbit seems to appreciate the helping hen and stops by to feed her offspring once a day.

Check out the news story (above) for all the adorable details!

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Subterranean Super Highway

Filed under: InsectsDiscoveryAmazingAnts

Holy cow!

We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw this!

Researchers decided to conduct a study on the giant anthills that litter the African plains. In order to do so, cement must be poured into the colonies, allowing it to dry. Once the cement is hardened, the colony can be dug up from the ground

After pouring more than 10 tons of cement into the anthill, the researchers were amazed at what they found.

The ant colony stretched more than 26 feet below the ground and took up 530 square feet!

We would hate to step on that anthill!!!

The unbelievable aspect of it all is the design. It's as if an architect had sat down and designed everything! It's built to maximize airflow and efficiency. Wow!

The animal kingdom continues to amaze us!

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