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it's the season for 'best-of' science compilations...

... and so here are a couple of compilations.

The first is Sciencealert's top 10 animal videos for this year. They include a lone porcupine seeing off a pride of 17 (!) lions; an octopus 'walking' on land (which is really really strange: it must take an awful lot of effort to do this, unsupported by water, & to what end?); and - reminiscent of someone slurping down spaghetti - a giant red leech engulfing an even larger earthworm

Or, if 'cute' is your thing, then try the year's 'top 10 cutest animals in science' from the Washington Post. In a win for video instruction, it seems that marmosets can learn new tricks by watching the instructor on video. I must take a compass with me when walking the dog, so that next time nature calls I can see if he's lining himself up with the earth's magnetic field! But I think the little koala wins on the squee! factor :) (Image credit Reuters/Daniel Munoz)

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The dog-pee-compass story found its way into Retraction Watch:
http://retractionwatch.com/2014/09/30/pubpeer-selections-sniffing-at-a-dog-poop-paper-how-grants-should-be-distributed/

(also into Riddled, but you've probably guessed that already).

Marmogame, set, and match.
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