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Today’s news from the animal kingdom: baby pandas, animal seduction and more

November 22, 2010

Here are five fascinating articles that the humans (and animals) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

  1. It’s a Bird! No, It’s Definitely a Plane An airplane redesign revealed itself to be inspired by an animal who knows a thing or two about flight – the seagull. To increase energy efficiency, the airplane body is shorter and the wings have an arch. The new design was presented at a conference in California on Sunday. (Live Science)

    Aww, look at this little guy. (Photo credit: Zoo Atlanta)

  2. Penguin Mating Similar To ‘Fantasy Football Draft’ Biologists at the New England Aquarium played Cupid during the breeding season for their batch of African penguins. Using exhaustive research on each penguin’s DNA, they carefully matched mates in an effort to breed them as successfully as possible.  (Live Science)
  3. More Pet Owners Keeping Their Cats, Dogs Good news! Despite an economic downturn that shows no sign of reversing course, a new study reveals that pet owners aren’t surrendering their furry friends to animal shelters. In addition, cat and dog adoptions actually increased from 2009. Yay! (WSJ Market Watch)
  4. So What’s Isabella Rossellini Been Up To Lately? Well, the critically acclaimed Italian-American actress has a new season of  “Seduce Me” premiering today on the Sundance Channel, a series of short films that explore different animals’ sexual activities in depth. Sure, the preview videos are about as NSFW as you can possible get, but this Q&A with Rossellini with Vanity Fair is kind of charming, especially if you want to know more about turkey sex. Just in time for Thanksgiving! (Vanity Fair)
  5. New Photos of a Baby Panda In case you missed the news, Zoo Atlanta announced on Friday the birth of a baby panda, the first born in the United States this year. (Discovery News)
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