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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This

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Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Southwest Africa’s Namib Desert is an arid landscape home to ostriches, leopards and other large animals. But a few of its more petite inhabitants are the makers of these huge desert circles that

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Experimental HIV Prevention Injections are 100% Effective in Monkeys

Experimental HIV Prevention Injections are 100% Effective in Monkeys

Image via Shutterstock New studies conducted on monkeys show that an antiretroviral injection called GSK744 could provide protection against HIV infection in humans. Two separate studies found that

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Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

Drone Captures Rare Footage of Dolphin Megapod Stampeding with Whales (Video)

One dolphin is beautiful. Two, playing together in the water, is a gift. So what do you call dozens and dozens of dolphins, all leaping and diving their way to new feeding grounds? Apparently, a

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London's very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Severe Drought Hits Nevada’s Cattle Ranchers

Image via Shutterstock As a crippling drought continues to sweep the west, Northern Nevada's ranchers are being forced into tough financial decisions: sell their herds or risk bankruptcy. Farmers and

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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U.S. Imports Expensive Feed from China to Satisfy American Appetite for Organic Eggs

U.S. Imports Expensive Feed from China to Satisfy American Appetite for Organic Eggs

Bad news organic egg fans: your tasty breakfast staple might not be as ethical or good for the environment as you'd like to think. According to an NPR report, American farmers struggling to keep up with

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Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

 Photo © Shutterstock The UK tabloid the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for its compassionate or nuanced take on the environment (or its journalistic respect for the facts), but a recent article

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Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Image of polar bear with cub / Shutterstock It's no surprise that the polar bear has become an icon of climate change, since it's a living example of what happens when rising temperatures begin to

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Surreal Echappée Aquarium Lets Fish Escape the Tank

Surreal Echappée Aquarium Lets Fish Escape the Tank

The Echappée aquarium by designer Sebastien Cordoleani resembles something out of a Salvador Dalí painting. Something that would easily fit in with a collection of melting clocks, the French artist's

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10

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World’s First Beekeeping Donkey Helps Brazilian Beekeeper

World’s First Beekeeping Donkey Helps Brazilian Beekeeper

Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a beekeeping donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil. He wears the

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

According to a new study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, your cuddly cat companion might pose some serious health risks, especially to senior citizens. Previous research has shown that cats can spread a

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Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Spoiler alert (literally): Hot Pockets may contain diseased animal products. The microwavable monstrosities produced by Nestlé and reportedly filled with "real meat" may be at risk of contamination. The

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Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

The Finnish government has embarked on a pilot project that involves spraying a special glow-in-the-dark liquid on reindeer in an attempt to prevent traffic accidents. It's estimated that the local

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Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

In a rare instance of globalization aiding animal welfare, the South African Shembe church announced that they will swap out leopard skins used in ceremonial dress for synthetic furs imported from China.

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Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

Photo from Shutterstock Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching, and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he commented that

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Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Scientists Discover Smoking Gun that Caused Mass Extinction of Ice Age Mammals

Not only has an international collaboration between 30 different scientific teams uncovered the "smoking gun" that caused mass extinctions during the last ice age, but it also demonstrated what can be

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Sam Fox School’s Dynamic Bird Blind Blends into an Avian Paradise

Sam Fox School’s Dynamic Bird Blind Blends into an Avian Paradise

Washington University's school of architecture teamed up with the Audubon Center at Riverlands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Rivers Project Office to design and construct the bird blind using

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Second Danish Zoo Says it No Longer Plans to Kill Giraffe Named Marius

Second Danish Zoo Says it No Longer Plans to Kill Giraffe Named Marius

Animal lovers had barely recovered from the news that a Danish zoo killed a perfectly healthy giraffe and fed it to the lions when a second Danish zoo announced its intentions to do the same thing. Now

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

A proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to kill the population of mute swans in Prospect Park has got area animal lovers seeing red. The argument for the plan is that the birds

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Another Giraffe Named Marius at Risk of Being Put Down by Danish Zoo

Another Giraffe Named Marius at Risk of Being Put Down by Danish Zoo

Just a few days after Copenhagen Zoo killed a perfectly healthy giraffe and carved it up in public, Danish Jyllands Park Zoo announced that it might put down one of its giraffes, coincidentally also named

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Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

After years of unsuccessful cries for protection, some of South Africa’s threatened rhinos are finally being rescued. Conservationists have announced a plan to relocate the endangered animals to

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U.S. Introduces ‘Near Complete Ban’ on Elephant Ivory Trade

U.S. Introduces ‘Near Complete Ban’ on Elephant Ivory Trade

Photo via Shutterstock This week the White House announced a new "National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking" that includes a near complete ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory.

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Watch This Amazing Video of Norman the Bike-Riding Dog

Watch This Amazing Video of Norman the Bike-Riding Dog

Norman developed his talents with help from his owner, Karen Cobb, who can be seen coaching and encouraging him in his videos. When he's not riding, he competes in agility, herding and obedience

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