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Extremely Rare Baby Rhino Captured in Camera Trap

Extremely Rare Baby Rhino Captured in Camera Trap

A young rhino scuttles out of the underbrush, its outsize ears swiveling. Not far behind, its mother follows, watching cautiously. This isn't just any baby, though. It's one of three new Javan rhinoceros calves caught by camera traps in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, the last ref

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Tiny Birds Fly Without Landing for Three Days

Tiny Birds Fly Without Landing for Three Days

Warblers that weigh about as much as a stack of 12 business cards fly thousands of miles across the Atlantic during their fall migration. Imagine a journey that requires you to first pack on the pounds, then get rid of your intestines, and finally to forgo eating and sleeping for three days. For

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U.S. East Coast Shark Populations on the Rise

U.S. East Coast Shark Populations on the Rise

Things are looking up for U.S. East Coast shark populations, with a new count of the fish coming in at a historic high. In a survey just concluded by researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NFSC), 2,835 sharks, across 13 species,

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New 'missing link' species of dolphin reveals how the animal moved from seas to rivers

New ‘missing link’ species of dolphin reveals how the animal moved from seas to rivers

Researchers at the Smithsonian have identified an extinct genus and species of river dolphin that navigated ancient Earth's deltas some six million years ago. Researchers say the new species highlights the early evolution of river dolphins, marking a transition between saltwater and freshwater livi

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New bird species discovered in China

New bird species discovered in China

The Sichuan bush warbler was discovered after its insect-like song attracted the notice of researchers. 19 years on, it has finally been relocated and confirmed as a new speciesA new bird species has been discovered in central China by an international team of scientists. This shy brown bird, named

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The ‘floating spoon’ on Mars

The ‘floating spoon’ on Mars

The images sent back from Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover often contain strange rock formation. In these rocks, the world has spotted everything from pyramids, coffins, iguanas and even Obama’s head. Now one group claims they have seen a ‘floating spoon’ on Mars captured by Curiosity’s Mastc

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Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found

Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found

Until Mark Wong recently flipped over a rock in Tallaganda State Forest in New South Wales, Australia, it had been just another day of looking at spiders. Then, the ecologist spotted the burrow of Atrax sutherlandi, a funnel-web spider. “I began poking at it with a stick, and I was amaz

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Bats and Sloths Don't Get Dizzy Hanging Upside Down—Here's Why

Bats and Sloths Don’t Get Dizzy Hanging Upside Down—Here’s Why

There’s a reason gravity boots never caught on: Being upside down can get pretty uncomfortable after a while. Noting the headaches that come with being inverted, National Geographic writer and editor Jane J. Lee asked Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week: "Why don’t bats, and ot

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'Bizarre,' Human-Size Sea Scorpion Found in Ancient Meteorite Crater

‘Bizarre,’ Human-Size Sea Scorpion Found in Ancient Meteorite Crater

About 460 million years ago, a sea scorpion about the size of an adult human swam around in the prehistoric waters that covered modern-day Iowa, likely dining on bivalves and squishy eel-like creatures, a new study finds. The ancient sea scorpions are eurypterids, a type of arthropod that is clo

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Sick Ants Self-Medicate to Fight Infection

Sick Ants Self-Medicate to Fight Infection

Healthy ants typically avoid harmful substances called reactive oxygen species, such as peroxides. But when they’re infected by a fungus, selectively ingesting those molecules will actually help them survive. The findings, published in Evolution this week, show that ants know how to fight disease

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