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“Secrets of the Elephants” reveals their uncanny ability to grieve and empathize

Tolstoy used to be a formidable elephant: Massive in size, revered by the young bulls, and with tusks so long they touched the ground. When he was alive, Tolstoy had been more than just some random animal. He was a beloved member of a close-knit community filled with colorful personalities.

That is why when he died – the victim of a spear wound inflicted while he had been innocently searching for food — other elephants visited his body to pay their respects. ...

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The scientist who discovered sperm was so grossed out he hoped his findings would be repressed

Human civilization had a good understanding of how sex and reproduction worked long before the microscope was invented. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that anyone knew what sperm actually were, or were aware of their strange appearance. And when sperm finally were formally discovered, by Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, he was so uncomfortable he wished he could unsee what he’d just observed....

Originally posted on salon.com

The scientist who discovered sperm was so grossed out he hoped his findings would be repressed

Human civilization had a good understanding of how sex and reproduction worked long before the microscope was invented. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that anyone knew what sperm actually were, or were aware of their strange appearance. And when sperm finally were formally discovered, by Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, he was so uncomfortable he wished he could unsee what he’d just observed....

Originally posted on salon.com

The scientist who discovered sperm was so grossed out he hoped his findings would be repressed

Human civilization had a good understanding of how sex and reproduction worked long before the microscope was invented. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that anyone knew what sperm actually were, or were aware of their strange appearance. And when sperm finally were formally discovered, by Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, he was so uncomfortable he wished he could unsee what he’d just observed....

Originally posted on salon.com

The scientist who discovered sperm was so grossed out he hoped his findings would be repressed

Human civilization had a good understanding of how sex and reproduction worked long before the microscope was invented. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that anyone knew what sperm actually were, or were aware of their strange appearance. And when sperm finally were formally discovered, by Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, he was so uncomfortable he wished he could unsee what he’d just observed....

Originally posted on salon.com