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Tsaparis Tscience: "Bei Bei" the Panda Makes Public Debut

Tsaparis Tscience: "Bei Bei" the Panda Makes Public Debut
Posted at 8:36 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 08:36:00-05

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL)- Watch these leaf cutter ants obliterate beautiful roses. It took the ants 5 hours to destroy the roses. The ants take the plant detritus to underground farms and let fungus grow over them, which they then consume. They grow to just over half an inch long and can carry up to 50 times their own body weight. You can find these ants in southwest U.S. and south Central America.

Dead men tell no tales, but scientists can still learn from their bones. This skeleton was found in Scotland near an elementary school dating back to the 16th century. The school is close to the coastline, so experts say that the man may have been killed by pirates and put on display as a warning. Interestingly enough, when the skeleton was found, many of the bones from its hands and feet were missing.

And in your "aww" science news, meet Bei Bei! This adorable giant panda cub had his public debut at the Smithsonian national zoo in Washington DC this week. And guess what, he fell asleep! The 5 month old cub tumbles around and starts napping. The hope is when he turns four, he'll be sent to china to hopefully father more little cubs.