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Albino-like Bald Eagle Spotted

Albino-like Bald Eagle Spotted

Talk about an odd bird—a bald eagle with white spots has been seen in Washington State. Photographers Chris Teren and Traci Walter snapped the bird feeding on the Nooksack River, near Bellingham (map), on January 6. "It was chaotic, with eagles flying and calling everywhere, then in

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The Healing Power of Dogs

The Healing Power of Dogs

One boy confided in the gentle-faced golden retriever about exactly what happened in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School that day—which his parents said was more than he'd been able to share with them. A little girl who hadn't spoken since the shootings finally started talking to he

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Tokelau islands shift to solar energy

Tokelau islands shift to solar energy

Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say. The South Pacific territory - comprising the three atolls of Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo - had been dependent on diesel to generate electricity. New Zealand, which administers Tokelau,

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Rare Singing Dog Photographed

Rare Singing Dog Photographed

A rare dog may finally be having its day: The New Guinea singing dog, an elusive canine related to the Australian dingo, has been possibly spotted in New Guinea. Feared extinct in its highlands habitat, the singing dog—whose name comes from its coyote-like howls—was last photograph

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Slower you grow, the longer you live

Slower you grow, the longer you live

The slower you grow, the longer you live, a new study suggests. Scientists looking at growth patterns in stickleback fish say they discovered lifespan is affected by the rate at which bodies expand early in life. Bodies which grow quickly accumulate greater tissue damage, with life-shortening res

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New slow loris found in Borneo

New slow loris found in Borneo

A new species of small nocturnal primate has been discovered by scientists in Borneo. The primate is a type of slow loris, a small cute-looking animal that is more closely related to bushbabies and lemurs than to monkeys or apes. Uniquely among primates, they have a toxic bite, belying their app

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Monkeys Use Stones to Crack Nuts

Monkeys Use Stones to Crack Nuts

They say a bad worker blames his tools - but it's hard to imagine a capuchin monkey using such an excuse. The crafty little monkeys of Boa Vista in Brazil are often seen using heavy rocks to crack open large palm nuts. Now, researchers say they are experts at choosing the best stones for the job.

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Outgoing Gorillas Live Longer Than Shy Ones

Outgoing Gorillas Live Longer Than Shy Ones

Extroverted gorillas in captivity outlive their shy brethren, a new study of these great apes in North American zoos and sanctuaries finds. Using methods adapted from studying human personality, keepers, volunteers, researchers and other caretakers gauged 298 individual gorillas' temperaments. Th

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Monster 'Super-Jupiter' Discovered

Monster ‘Super-Jupiter’ Discovered

Neil deGrasse Tyson may have helped DC Comics in the search for Superman's homeworld Krypton, but one can't help but wonder what kind of superhero would live on a newly discovered "super-Jupiter" orbiting the star Kappa Andromedae. As announced by scientists using the High Contrast Instrument fo

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World's Leggiest Animal Found

World’s Leggiest Animal Found

The leggiest creature on Earth lives in California. But it's not a movie star or a model. In fact, it's smaller than a human pinky finger. It's a 3-centimeter-long (1.2-inch) millipede with 750 legs. First seen by government scientists in 1928, Illacme plenipes—"the acme of plentiful leg

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