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Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Eight lucky hens live in this high-end chicken coop equipped with underfloor heating in New York

Architecture Research Office carried out extensive research into the design of the chicken coop, from the ideal square footage for different bird breeds to the best ways to bring natural ventilation and

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Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

Yes, chicken diapers are actually a thing

As backyard vegetable farming gains in popularity, many people are also choosing to raise chickens. These sweet birds aren't merely great for producing eggs--they eat unwanted insects like slugs, grubs,

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Whole packaged raccoons found in meat freezer of Los Angeles-area market

Whole packaged raccoons found in meat freezer of Los Angeles-area market

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating after an alarmed customer found whole, dead, frozen raccoons for sale in her local Asian market. It's difficult to discern exactly what

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old

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VIDEO: Watch giant squid flash different colors to communicate

VIDEO: Watch giant squid flash different colors to communicate

Giant Humboldt squid have a unique way of communicating. Rather than relying on sounds or gestures, they speak to each other using flashes of color - a squid may burst from red to white and back to red

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Stressed-out young bees contribute to colony collapse disorder, research shows

Stressed-out young bees contribute to colony collapse disorder, research shows

Colony Collapse Disorder, a condition represented by the sudden disappearance of bee colonies, has long been a source of concern. The devastating epidemic is generally thought to be caused by pesticides

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U.S. Government launches $3.2 million campaign to save monarch butterflies

U.S. Government launches $3.2 million campaign to save monarch butterflies

Spurred into action by monarch butterflies' declining numbers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a campaign yesterday to save these iconic, endangered insects. Monarch numbers have decreased

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This sea slug steals genes from algae so it can photosynthesize like a plant

This sea slug steals genes from algae so it can photosynthesize like a plant

Scientists have confirmed for the first time that one extraordinary species of sea slug 'steals' genes from the algae it eats, which enables it to photosythesize like a plant and gain energy from

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Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever?

Could WA’s proposed ban on orca captures end marine parks forever?

Killer whales in the entertainment industry have been the source of heated controversy for some time. In Washington state, lawmakers are now discussing the possibility of implementing a ban on the capture

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New documentary takes a look at the scientific art collective Coral Morphologic’s living artworks

New documentary takes a look at the scientific art collective Coral Morphologic’s living artworks

A new documentary called Coral City takes an exclusive look at the scientific art collective Coral Morphologic's living artworks: colorful reefs created using coral polyps native to Miami. Coral

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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Herds of gigantic rabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood

Herds of gigantic rabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood

A North Dakota neighborhood is under attack and not by any conventional enemy. This attacker devours gardens, lawns and even trees - and comes every day in masses. The giant jackrabbit has taken over this

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BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

BIODIVER[CITY] floating artificial reef lets visitors view ocean wildlife

The futuristic BIODIVER[CITY] floats on the ocean, creating an island-community above water, and marine-life fostering artificial reef below. The massive faux-reef would invite visitors observe the

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Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years

Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years

Scientists have discovered a type of deep-sea microorganism that seems to be the exception to the rule of evolution. An international team of researchers say the organism does not appear to have evolved

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The true story behind Groundhog Day

The true story behind Groundhog Day

This year, as Punxsutawney Phil is hoisted into the air to divine our weather future, you may find yourself wondering, how the heck did this become a thing, anyway? The modern Groundhog Day celebration is

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35 facts that will make you never want to eat fish again

35 facts that will make you never want to eat fish again

Next time you reach for a spicy tuna handroll, you may want to keep the following infographic in mind. Eating fish may seem like the safer choice when it comes to environmental impact, but things aren't

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New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

This week, a new documentary series debuts that might finally change the way we look at the world around us. Wildlife biologist Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts Earth: A New Wild and turns the camera around to

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl's fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the

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This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it's at times when we're particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found

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Endangered red fox caught on camera in Yosemite for first time in 100 years

Endangered red fox caught on camera in Yosemite for first time in 100 years

Yosemite National Park released an image yesterday of an elusive Sierra Nevada red fox, caught by a motion-sensor camera in the park. This news marks the first time one of these foxes has been seen inside

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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Whether or not a giant salamander is on the critically endangered list matters not, apparently, to Chinese officials determined to have their “treat” anyway. Journalists took pictures at the luxury

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30% increase for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70% of the world’s

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

In a desperate attempt to save the caribou of British Columbia, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk caribou have dwindled into the

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Joel Rea’s captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Joel Rea’s captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Rea captures the dynamic motion of natural elements inspiring a deep feeling of humility. He represents how small we are within nature, leaving us wondering who has ultimate control in this world. Using

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths for reptiles and

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