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Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

Ocean Mercury Levels Have Tripled Since the Industrial Revolution

An alarming new study shows that mercury levels near the surface of many of the world’s oceans have tripled since the industrial revolution. The leap is due to pollution from a variety of sources

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn't even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang's installation Moving Ghost Town

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Giraffe Killed After Slamming Head into a Highway Overpass Due to Negligent Caretakers

Giraffe Killed After Slamming Head into a Highway Overpass Due to Negligent Caretakers

A poor giraffe was killed after striking its head on a freeway overpass while being transported in an open container down a South African highway. The animal’s owner was moving two giraffes in Pretoria,

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Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zoos sometimes get a bad rap, but they are still wildly popular and a fascinating way to get up close to animals you would never see otherwise. Enter Zootopia - a kindler, gentler, more human zoo that

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Creepy Transparent Mice Help Scientists Conduct “Whole-Organism Mapping”

Creepy Transparent Mice Help Scientists Conduct “Whole-Organism Mapping”

Yes, that's a see-through mouse you are looking at. And yes, it's pretty gross, but thankfully, no, it's not alive. The transparent mouse represents a breakthrough for scientists at the California

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Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animals are being poached to the point of extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa,

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food supply, which means the

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Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

This unique Kenyan sanctuary stands on a 12-acre section of private land immersed in 140 acres of indigenous forest. The ivy-covered mansion turned hotel can accommodate guests in a luxurious

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“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies

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Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

Mashjar Juthour is a Living Museum of Palestinian Fauna and Flora Outside Ramallah

We’ve created a space up on our hill for our families, students, parents, teachers, artisans, and any nature lover in general to engage as environmental activists on sacred heritage land in Palestine.

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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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Miami’s New Science Museum to Feature an Incredible 500,000 Gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium

Miami’s New Science Museum to Feature an Incredible 500,000 Gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium

http://youtu.be/qxLmYEUC70o Just one of the many displays, the Gulf Stream Tank will be open to the sun and sky and viewable from all five floors of the Museum, which will collect and reuse rainwater.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But

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Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

A new report has confirmed that the status-driven, illegal trade in live cheetahs is pushing vulnerable wild populations of the big cats to extinction. Cheetah cubs are poached from the wild and

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2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching

2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching

It’s no secret that rhinos are being poached in record numbers, and despite efforts to protect the animals, 2014 is on track to be the worst year in nearly a decade for rhino deaths. So far poachers

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FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

It's estimated that between 1 and 10 migratory birds die per building, per year... and in an average city, that means a lot of bird deaths. Toronto alone has over 950,000 registered buildings, which

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Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and

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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past - so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist Will Potter

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Hawaii Considers Plan to Protect Endangered Birds with Lasers

Hawaii Considers Plan to Protect Endangered Birds with Lasers

Well here's a surprising way to save birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) have announced that they

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Scientists Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

Scientists Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

In what will no doubt go own in history as the world's most adorable scientific study, scientists have uncovered the secrets of how koalas keep themselves cool in the sweltering Australian summer. The

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Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

The design wunderkids over at Zupagrafika have worked their architectural magic yet again, this time creating small buildings that any hipster nuthatch would be happy to call home. The Hispano-Polish

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New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

The great whales are the largest creatures on Earth, but their relative rarity in our oceans means they are generally overlooked in favor of the far more abundant algae and planktons when it comes to

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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a lot more bird

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Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

Melting Antarctic sea ice is a major problem for the entire planet, but for emperor penguins, the situation is dire. Because their environment is vanishing at an alarming rate, the famous penguin’s

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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse, but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider. A bite from a funnel web spider could

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are already dying, if not

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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