Animals

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

A hunter who last year paid $350,000 at a Dallas auction to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been permitted by U.S. authorities to bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. The

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Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Inspired by the region’s traditional timber homes, Kühnlein built the small barn out of wooden planks and raised it off the ground on timber legs. The structure is made up of stacked spruce lengths

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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary The Cove. Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has

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Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

When it comes to protecting marine life, Britain is going big. The announced plans earlier this week to create what will be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve that would cover an area of

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Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of them are killed by

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Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the face in

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Rather than traditional marble, plaster or wood, artist Ren Ri has turned to nature to help make his sculptures, by partnering with honeybees! The artist has teamed up with a fleet of pollinators to

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This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

Animal testing is a much-maligned practice in the development of medicines and cosmetics, but many companies are hanging on to lab mice because they lack an adequate alternative. This virtual mouse could

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6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded within the past couple of years, and one of the most revolutionary uses for it has been that of prosthetics. But humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from

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Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens is a Marin County, California-based workshop that's been making beautiful hen houses and runs exclusively from reclaimed redwood fence boards. With interest in their designs coming from

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we're going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that we can tackle a

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In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

In honor of World Sparrow Day, meet Robin and Puck!

Today is World Sparrow Day, and all around the planet, people are celebrating these sweet little birds and appreciating their vital work as insect controllers and plant-pollinators. My husband and I

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Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers from UPM have used a technique that made popular the silk from Murcia in the 19th century. The new material can be used for regenerative medicine. Following the same procedure used to

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Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Help protect native bee populations by joining the Bee With Me network

Imagine a world without bees. There would be no blueberries, no cherries, no pumpkins - not even beer. Here’s the problem: Most farmers depend on a single type of bee to pollinate our food and now

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Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

Celebrate World Sparrow Day on March 20th and help save a species!

World Sparrow Day was initiated in 2010, and is an annual awareness-raising campaign that celebrates sparrows and emphasized the need to protect these little birds, as well as their habitat. All around

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Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

Michigan’s bald eagles are the most contaminated birds in the world

When you think of bald eagles, what comes to mind? More than likely it’s majestic birds, soaring aloft, diving swiftly to catch a fish – not animals contaminated with toxic chemicals. But it seems the

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

People & Mice Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer's playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and paper pulp beads

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Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Tippi's wild upbringing was documented by her parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. The photo series looks like a real life Jungle Book where one can see the beautiful, deep relationship she had with

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Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill

Samsung’s $30,000 Dream Doghouse gives your posh pooch a hot tub and treadmill

Samsung has unveiled a $30,000, two room "Dream Doghouse" that provides your thoroughly pampered pooch with a hot tub, astroturf-covered treadmill, paw-operated food dispenser, velour upholstery and a

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Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Mercy killing is a difficult concept to stomach, especially when the animals are as adorable as koalas. Unfortunately, nearly 700 koalas were killed by authorities in Australia after they were found to be

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Supporting responsible ocean management: Are ‘catch shares’ the right plan?

Supporting responsible ocean management: Are ‘catch shares’ the right plan?

By Aaron Viles The story of overfishing is old by now. Commercial fishing of North Atlantic Cod, once a bedrock of New England's economy, collapsed along with the fishery in the mid-1990s. The same

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Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed 'Sparklemuffin'

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HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

HOW TO: Attracting pollinators: Flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to

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Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

  In an announcement that marks a huge win for animal welfare activists, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's infamous elephants from performances by 2018.

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Artist Sarah Hatton’s newest artworks feature more dead honeybees arranged in intricate patterns

Artist Sarah Hatton’s newest artworks feature more dead honeybees arranged in intricate patterns

Sarah Hatton, a Canadian artist, uses dead bees to create beautiful works of art and bring attention to the plight of bees around the world. Her work features bees arranged in patterns symbolically linked

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Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science have used hydrothermal carbonization to create carbon quantum dots for solar cells from chitin and chitosan,

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Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

A lucky stray dog in China received the royal treatment with an expansive doghouse made from a recycled refrigerator! Designed by studio Y-town, the sectioned doghouse is made from an old fridge that has

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Indian response to #beefban leads to one of world’s top trending hashtags

Indian response to #beefban leads to one of world’s top trending hashtags

In a country where cows are revered as holy, it may seem strange to learn that tens of thousands of people have taken to Twitter to decry a ban on beef. Indeed, citizens of India responding to

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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