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Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable

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Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Bison photo from Shutterstock A proposal to shoot the last herd of purebred bison in Yellowstone National Park with vaccinated "biobullets" was just rejected by park managers this week. The

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Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Droege has taken hundreds of photographs of insects from around the world. His macro portraits of bees from US National Parks allows for an up-close-and-personal view of what most often appears as a blur

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Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the southern coast. Due to human encroachment and resulting

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

Taji Cove Fishermen Slaughter 41 Dolphins in Controversial Hunt

The world was first introduced to the coastal village of Taji, Japan in the 2009 documentary, "The Cove". The film showed the capture and grisly slaughter of dolphins for meat and for sale to aquariums. A

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Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their hives. A

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Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Over 200 Stressed, Bloodied Dolphins Await Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

Japanese fisherman have penned over 200 bottlenose dolphins in a cove as part of a traditional hunting practice which has left the marine mammals stressed, bloodied, and frantic to escape. For three

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Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Why You Should Think Twice About Eating Shrimp

Americans love shrimp! We eat 4.1 pounds of it every year. But you might want to think twice next time you pick up a bag of frozen shrimp at the grocery store. It turns out that the process of getting

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World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

Cloning animals used to be a taboo subject - but not in China, where a Shenzhen facility clones 500 pigs every year. The farm, run by a company called BGI, implants around two pigs a day with cloned

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t

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Is It Okay for SeaWorld to Parade Their Celebrity Penguins Around a Party Tonight in NYC?

Is It Okay for SeaWorld to Parade Their Celebrity Penguins Around a Party Tonight in NYC?

PETA is planning to protest the appearance of SeaWorld's celebrity penguins, Pete and Penny, at a party in NYC tonight. The animal rights group is claiming that the event's flashing lights and loud music

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Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects is using an array of sustainably sourced materials to give a modern reinterpretation to familiar birdhouse forms. Found hickory and oak logs are quartered and left raw for

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Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Rancher Vows to Protect Hundreds of Fukushima Cows from Government Kill Order

Masami Yoshizawa used to raise cows for slaughter, but since the Fukushima disaster his only aim is to save them. He believes the Japanese government wants to kill the cows in order to erase the past,

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations,

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Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Well, we knew this was coming. In October 2013, Inhabitat reported on the Dallas Safari Club's nefarious plan to auction off a rare permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in the African nation of Namibia.

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100,000 Bats Fall Out of the Sky After Extreme Heat Wave in Australia

100,000 Bats Fall Out of the Sky After Extreme Heat Wave in Australia

Over 100,000 bats fell out of the sky this week in Queensland, Australia due to a major heat wave. While America is suffering a Polar Vortex, Australia has been slammed with temperatures as high as 135

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

The results of a six-year study published yesterday in PLoS One have found that the elusive West African lion must now be considered critically endangered. The lions were previously believed to inhabit 21

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's crops. Out of

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Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Icelandic Brewery Slammed for Making Beer Containing Whale Meat

Image via Shutterstock Of the ingredients that go into making a great beer, dead whale is probably not the first that comes to mind. Marine mammal conservationists agree, and they have condemned the

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

Some of you might think it's crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn't be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation

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China Pulverizes $10 Million Worth of Ivory in Fight Against Illegal Trade

China Pulverizes $10 Million Worth of Ivory in Fight Against Illegal Trade

Today China destroyed six tons of ivory from its official stockpile in an effort to discourage the ongoing trade the illicit substance. China is one of the world's biggest markets for ivory from

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Remote Rainforest Found Using Google Earth Harbors Never-Before-Seen Species

Remote Rainforest Found Using Google Earth Harbors Never-Before-Seen Species

You might think we've explored every inch of the planet, but just a few years ago scientists used satellite images from Google Earth to discover a lost world in Mozambique that is packed with

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Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Great White photo / Shutterstock Studying sharks' movements and how they behave in their natural environment is an integral part of keeping them safe from overfishing. To aid these efforts, scientists

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are

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Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Photo of python/Shutterstock A security guard in a luxury hotel in Bali, Indonesia was strangled to death by a python today. The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, attempted to apprehend a python that was

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Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Conservationists say that there are now fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs of barn owls left in the UK after four years of extreme weather such as freezing winters and wet summers. Thousands of the birds

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Colorful Dyes Expose the Amazing Hidden Anatomy of Fish

Colorful Dyes Expose the Amazing Hidden Anatomy of Fish

To prepare each specimen, Summers first uses two different colored dyes as staining agents: Alcian Blue to highlight cartilaginous elements and Alizarin Red S to turn mineralized tissue a bright red.

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