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Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

In a show of defiance against a recent court ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice, hundreds of Japanese government officials, lawmakers, and pro-whaling lobbyists attended a feast that

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Kai Fagerstrom’s Photos Capture Cheeky Wild Animals Squatting in Abandoned Farmhouses

Kai Fagerstrom’s Photos Capture Cheeky Wild Animals Squatting in Abandoned Farmhouses

The House in the Woods is a unique collection of photographs that captures wild animals making themselves comfortable in a few abandoned houses. The tenants left the collection of homes empty after the

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Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

Svidensky was focused on the story of one particular girl, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, who was asked by her father to take the place of her brother after he left for the military. Pan took up the challenge,

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom, a brew

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World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, has announced that it will no longer sell whale and dolphin meat after the International Court of Justice ordered all whale hunting in the southern ocean to

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Native American Tribe Wants Permission to Hunt Bison in Yellowstone Park

Native American Tribe Wants Permission to Hunt Bison in Yellowstone Park

Tribal leaders of the Native American Nez Perce tribe have asked to revive the practice of hunting bison within Yellowstone National Park. Subsistence hunting in the 18th and 19th century almost drove the

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Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Scientists have proposed a novel idea to prevent the collapse of fish stocks due to overfishing: ban fishing in international waters and turn the open ocean into a worldwide reserve. The proposal

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular choices. What many

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment in London

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Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

As if SeaWorld didn't have enough bad press in the wake of the shocking documentary Blackfish, a document obtained by Buzzfeed reveals that the marine park gives its whales psychoactive drugs and

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Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

The intricate details of the colorful wings of butterflies and moths are revealed in Gledhill’s gorgeous photographs, taken with a macro lens for an amazing close perspective. Each photograph shows the

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More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

Police recently revealed that over 10 tigers have been tortured and killed in China in order to entertain wealthy businessmen and government officials. The tigers were killed in so-called “visual

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Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe. Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals - this time a group of lions. On Monday, the

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Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month

Hundreds of Dead Pigs Pulled From Chinese Waterways Every Month

If you thought China’s flood of pig carcasses was a one-time thing, you are in for a nasty surprise. According to Chinese state media, hundreds of dead pigs are appearing in a Qionglai reservoir every

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Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

The magnificent lion has captured our imaginations for centuries, but disease, loss of habitat and other general human nastiness has decimated the lion populations in Africa. Where there was once around

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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

The Asian carp population has exploded in the US - the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species' spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

Did you know that some fisheries throw back almost 63% of the sea life that is hauled onto boats? A recent Oceana report reveals the horrifying cost of by-catch in nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the

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Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming

Climate Scientists Warn That “The Polar Bear is Us” When it Comes to Global Warming

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned the world that the effects of climate change won't just affect 'far-off' species such as the polar bear. At a gathering of scientists in

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Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

As the Samoan rainforest dwindles, the region's unique birds are slipping quickly into extinction. Voracious alien rats seek out eggs and nestlings, endangering creatures such as the elegant giant

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The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

The Open Tree of Life Project Uses Web-Based Software to Record the Earth’s 1.8 Million Named Species

Photo from Shutterstock Since the dawn of time, humans have sought to name and catalog the plants and animals around them. The adoption of a common taxonomic system from naturalist Carolus Linnaeus and

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

As our closest genetic relatives, it's no wonder that humans are fascinated by gorillas. Last week, we were captivated by the news that a baby girl gorilla was born at the San Diego Zoo. The infant

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Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Lately miniature “teacup” pigs have popped up in ads as an adorable alternative to the family dog, but they are also a complete scam. What those ads fail to mention is not only will those adorable

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VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

Many of you may be familiar with Procter & Gamble's "Thank You, Mom" campaign, which features several cute tots learning how to walk, swim, and more. But there's another, less than adorable side to

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Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

In 2013, a Greenpeace investigation revealed a shocking sight in the midst of two Indonesian palm oil plantations: the remains of multiple endangered orangutans scattered throughout and just outside land

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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected

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Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Spider's silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it's hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly insignificant thread

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‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

Image via Shutterstock California lawmaker Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) introduced landmark legislation last week to ban the captivity of orcas, also known as killer whales, for entertainment.

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