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The SciFri Book Club Visits "Gorillas in the Mist"

The book club regulars visit Gorillas in the Mist, Dian Fossey's memoir of her years studying mountain gorillas in a remote African rainforest. Gorilla expert Annette Lanjouw joins the club to give an update on how this endangered subspecies of gorilla is faring.

Surprise: Cockroaches are Fastidious Groomers!

Despite inhabiting sewers and cesspools, cockroaches are quite clean — or at least their exteriors are, according to entomologist Coby Schal of North Carolina State University. That's because cockroaches are constantly grooming themselves, particularly their antennae. Publishing in PNAS, Schal and colleagues investigate why they groom.

Honey, It's Electric: Bees Sense Charge On Flowers

Bees and flowers communicate in colors, scents and shapes. Now scientists have discovered that bumblebees can also sense flowers' electric fields. This sixth sense helps them remember and recognize nectar-rich blooms while foraging.

Antarctic Penguin Turns Up In New Zealand; Vets Say Condition 'Touch And Go'

The Royal penguin that washed up on a beach in New Zealand is the second from Antarctica to arrive there in as many years.
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Maryland House To Vote On Pit Bull Bill This Week

Maryland lawmakers will vote this week on whether pit bulls should be deemed an "inherently dangerous" breed.


Florida's Great Python Challenge Is Over; Not Many Are Caught

The month-long hunt ends with just 68 pythons caught, while humorist Dave Barry, in an 'unmasculine' snake encounter, defends himself with barbeque tongs.