Hibernating Bears Keep Weirdly Warm

National Geographic: Hibernating black bears can dramatically lower their metabolism with only a moderate drop in body temperature, a surprising new study says. The North American mammals generally slumber about five to seven months without eating, drinking, urinating, or defecating, and then emerge from their dens in the spring none the worse for wear. Scientists have long known that to survive this lengthy fast, the bears drop their metabolism, the chemical process that converts food to energy. But it was......

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