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    Humans unabashedly steal secrets from animals

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 29/06/2010

    » There is no doubt that humans are incredible designers, architects and builders. From the Taj Mahal to the new Burj Khalifa, to the Airbus A380 to nuclear submarines, Homo sapiens are incredible. But many of our technologies were either inspired by or simply stolen from animals. In many circumstances, animals are aeons ahead of us in the building and design world.

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    Apex land predators

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 20/04/2010

    » During my stay in Africa, seeing lions, hyenas, crocodiles and leopards brought on a wave of fear and respect for predators and their prey.

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    Killers of the deep

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 18/05/2010

    » There is something spooky and frightening about killers in the water. I think it is because we rarely see them, unlike aerial or land hunters. They are arguably among the most unknown and undiscovered hunters due to the difficulties in researching them.

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    'Garbage Island': Lost at sea

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 23/03/2010

    » Have you ever wondered where the litter you dispose of every day goes? Certainly much of it goes into waste sites and, sadly, precious little is recycled, but a large amount makes it to the oceans.

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    Do you see what I see?

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 09/02/2010

    » The eye is an exceptional organ although the effectiveness of an animal's eye depends on how much it relies on sight and the environment in which it lives. Arguably, birds of prey, such as eagles and falcons, as well as scavenging vultures, have the most advanced eyesight, and they are able to spot tiny prey scurrying among the bushes or a carcass from kilometres away.

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