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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya’s oldest national park

A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named

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Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

Electric cars may be better for the planet than we thought. In addition to their potential mitigating effect on climate change, their physical components are proving to be excellent homes for wildlife,

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of the butterfly. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a v-shape in order to heat up their flight muscles before

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UPDATED: Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

UPDATED: Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

While the world mourns the loss of Cecil the lion, breaking news reveals that his brother Jericho was killed today by poachers illegally hunting in Zimbabwe. After Cecil was killed by American dentist

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic's Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which made it impossible

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the lion and the

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The first humans were smaller and “scrappy,” new study shows

The first humans were smaller and “scrappy,” new study shows

The first humans were smaller, but “scrappy” according to a new comprehensible dataset. These humans emerged from South Africa and were from a smaller-bodied species called Homo habilis -- aka, “The

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Richard Branson calls to protect all sharks after surfer Mick Fanning’s amazing escape

Richard Branson calls to protect all sharks after surfer Mick Fanning’s amazing escape

Sir Richard Branson is using Mick Fanning's recent brush with death via shark to call for greater protection for all sharks. He urged in a recent blog post that "the coverage of this highly unusual event

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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

Located next to the regular stairwell, the pooch-friendly staircase has smaller steps and even a doggy balustrade. The short riser height and shallow incline translates to a much longer stairway, which

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Activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as “terrorists”

Activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as “terrorists”

This week, two individuals were charged with “conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” after allegedly freeing thousands of animals from the fur industry and causing property damage,

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, can last in an animal’s body

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Cecil the lion’s killer identified as American dentist Walter Palmer

Cecil the lion’s killer identified as American dentist Walter Palmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4a2htZ2wIQ Cecil the lion was one of Hwangwe National Parks favorite attractions, and now his killer may face poaching charges. A dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer

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Bangladesh’s abundant tiger population has collapsed to just 100

Bangladesh’s abundant tiger population has collapsed to just 100

In Bangladesh, a new census shows that tiger populations in the Sundarbans mangrove forest are more endangered than ever. The study, which used hidden cameras to track and record tigers, provides a more

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World’s oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

World’s oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

Celebrations took place Tuesday July 28 at the Ocean Park Center in Hong Kong as their oldest Giant Panda, Jiu Jiu turned 37 and her place in the Guinness Book of World Records as not only the oldest

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Four-legged prehistoric snake offers clues about the reptile’s evolution

Four-legged prehistoric snake offers clues about the reptile’s evolution

A 113-year-old fossil uncovered in Brazil has provided the first evidence that snakes did, at one stage, have four legs—and it's believed that these limbs were used for burrowing as well as for

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Rising sea levels are suffocating already-endangered turtle eggs

Rising sea levels are suffocating already-endangered turtle eggs

As climate change drives sea levels to rise around the globe, scientists are warning that it could have a devastating effect of the survival rate of turtle eggs. In the new research, published in the

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Crazy “missing link” Darwin fish can breathe air, walk on land AND climb trees!

Crazy “missing link” Darwin fish can breathe air, walk on land AND climb trees!

In Australia, there is a fish that has lungs, can walk on dry land, and breathe air, for up to six days. It's not a new species, but it's on the move. This has scientists warning that the fish, if it

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Bow-wow House is a dog-friendly guesthouse in South Korea

Bow-wow House is a dog-friendly guesthouse in South Korea

The clients’ site is located on a hillside above the town of Sowon-myeon Padori in Chungcheongnam Province. The architects mitigated the slope by dividing the building onto two different levels built

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Did the Fukushima disaster’s radiation mutate these daisies?

Did the Fukushima disaster’s radiation mutate these daisies?

Photos of mutated flowers, tomatoes and other items have been showing up on Twitter, Facebook and a variety of blogs since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. These daisies, in a photo posted to

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Swarms of tiny gelatinous blobs on U.S. beaches could help the fight against climate change

Swarms of tiny gelatinous blobs on U.S. beaches could help the fight against climate change

The US East Coast has been getting some strange new visitors on its beaches, thought to be a weird new variety of jellyfish - but the tiny, clear blobs are closer cousins to humans than to jellyfish. The

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What really wiped out the Woolly Mammoth?

What really wiped out the Woolly Mammoth?

As we trudge into what scientists are calling the Holocene extinction, it is difficult to ignore the destructive power that humans wield over the natural world. The passenger pigeon, the thylacine

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Armadillos blamed for leprosy outbreak in Florida

Armadillos blamed for leprosy outbreak in Florida

Alarms about funny-looking creatures spreading terrifying, debilitating illnesses seem more fitting for histories of Early Modern Europe or Biblical tales, but every now an then a truly strange

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UK suspends ban on bee-killing pesticides

UK suspends ban on bee-killing pesticides

In a decision shrouded in secrecy that was opposed in a petition signed by over 500,000 people, the UK government has moved to suspend an EU ban on pesticides that have been shown to cause serious harm to

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Giant mysterious ‘chicken church’ roosts atop a hill in the Indonesian jungle

Giant mysterious ‘chicken church’ roosts atop a hill in the Indonesian jungle

Deep in the Indonesian jungle, a giant chicken roosts atop a hill. But this huge bird doesn’t peck at the ground or lay eggs. The enormous chicken-shaped building was hatched by a Jakarta man who claims

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Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

Clover Stornetta Farms in Petaluma, Calif., has announced a voluntary recall of some of their milk products due to possible contamination. The milk products may contain small pieces of food grade plastic.

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World’s first luxury airport animal spa comes to JFK in NYC

World’s first luxury airport animal spa comes to JFK in NYC

Construction has already begun on the 178,000-square-foot Ark, which will replace the 10,000-square-foot VetPort, an underperforming facility that dates back to the Eisenhower administration.

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Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Although loved and admired around the world, the rhinoceros is an animal in peril. One of the last and largest remaining megafauna, the rhino is a relic of a time when magnificent mammals ruled the world.

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Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

Skoda unveils a seat belt to keep your dog safe on the road

Most of us wouldn't think twice about buckling up ourselves or our kids, but in a survey by AAA, only 16 percent of dog owners were found to use a restraint to keep their pup—and themselves—safe on

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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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