December 14, 2011 05:35 PM

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Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels were always extraordinary, but who knew they were record-breaking? At Tuesday’s auction of 80 of the late movie star’s famous jewels brought in nearly $116 million, and $11.8 million was for one pearl, a 50.6-carat gem called “La Peregrina.” It was just as precious to one of Taylor’s dogs, who was once spotted chewing on it under a chaise. –Businessweek

It’s evolution in fast-forward. Rattlesnakes will have to adapt as much as 1,000 times more quickly than they normally would in order to keep up with climate change. Some species will not be able to move fast enough to survive. –Discovery News

A student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney was denied her request to have a therapy dog in her dorm room, despite the fact that she had a psychological disability and the dog had been prescribed to help her with her condition. A federal lawsuit has been filed against the school. –USATODAY.com

The owners of 14 bomb-sniffing dogs that died in a truck while in transit to Afghanistan have filed a lawsuit that seeks $1 million in damages. The owners say the German shepherds and Belgian Malinois died while inside a sealed, unventilated truck at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. –Houston Chronicle

A new species of cockroach has been discovered in South Africa – and this one jumps. –Biology Letters

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