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Valley of Saints: Finding The Beauty In Kashmir

Among the winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Valley of Saints, an environmental drama that casts light on the toll that human habitation and tourism have taken on Kashmir’s lovely Dal Lake. The plot centers around a boatman named Gulzar and his best friend, who are planning to run away from the conflict…

The Big Year: A Birder’s View

By Mel White Word got out months ago that a movie was in the works based on the book The Big Year, which recounts the true exploits of three birdwatchers competing to find the highest number of species in North America in a single calendar year. This wasn’t some made-for-TV cheapie destined for an obscure…

A Dolphin Tale: The Real-Life Rescue Behind the Movie

The popular new movie Dolphin Tale tells the touching story of a young dolphin named Winter who loses her tail and survives with a prosthetic one. It’s based on a true story—Winter plays herself—but some parts were fictionalized to make it more appealing to young viewers. Which parts? To find out, we contacted one of Winter’s real-life rescuers,
Teresa Mazza from the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

David Attenborough Takes On Flying Monsters

Join Sir David Attenborough for a LIVE interview on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” today, September 30 at 2 pm ET. Attenborough and host Ira Flatow will discuss the North American launch of “Flying Monsters 3D,” recent findings surrounding pterosaurs, and Sir David’s illustrious career. In the meantime, watch the trailer, read a Q&A, and see photos from the film.

Science Behind “Planet of the Apes” Virus

Could something like the plot of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes really happen? To find out, we spoke with Luis P. Villarreal, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the School of Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine, and director for the Center for Virus Research, about gene therapy, how viruses can be helpful, and why we probably won’t be battling hyper-intelligent apes anytime soon.

Why ‘The Zookeeper’ Shouldn’t Listen to Animal Advice About Love

In the new film Zookeeper, Kevin James stars as a bumbling zookeeper who seeks relationship advice from his closest friends—the animals. Different animals at the zoo take turns giving their view on how to get the girl. But do these cinematic animals know what they’re talking about? We talked to biologists to get the truth about animal mating. Here’s a look at the animals’ advice in the movie, and whether or not it holds up:

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Proper Pets?

Families are flocking to Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which grossed $18.2 million in its opening weekend. The film, based loosely on a 1930s children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, stars Jim Carrey as Tom Popper, a businessman whose life is thrown off course when he receives six Gentoo penguins in the mail. He hates them…