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Birds Flying Faster Due to Climate Change

Birds Flying Faster Due to Climate Change

Wind speeds over the Southern Ocean have been increasing over the past three decades and those stronger winds are boosting birds in the area to faster flying speeds, according to new research. The wind speed shift is linked to climate change in the study, which was published in the latest issu

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Good news for rhinos in Nepal

Good news for rhinos in Nepal

Conservationists in Nepal have reason to celebrate, as it has been reported that no Indian rhinos were killed by poachers in the country in 2011. Light at the end of the tunnel There are currently five recognised species of rhino, three of which are found in Asia and two in Africa. All rhin

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First Hybrid Shark Found

First Hybrid Shark Found

Scientists said that they had discovered the world's first hybrid sharks in Australian waters, a potential sign the predators were adapting to cope with climate change. The mating of the local Australian black-tip shark with its global counterpart, the common black-tip, was an unprecedented di

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New Horned Viper Found in

New Horned Viper Found in “Secret” Spot

Matilda's , a new snake species, regards the camera with a steady stare. The 2.1-foot-long (0.6-meter-long) reptile was discovered during 2010-2011 biodiversity surveys in a remote Tanzanian forest. The "beautiful, heavy-bodied bush viper" sports black and yellow zigzag markings and yellow,

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Smallest Frogs Found

Smallest Frogs Found

How's this for a sweet surprise: Two new species of frog—each smaller than an M&M—have been discovered in Papua New Guinea, a new study says. Paedophryne dekot—dekot means "very small" in the local Daga language—is about 8.5 to 9 millimeters long. The bumpy-

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Small Spiders Have Big Brains

Small Spiders Have Big Brains

They're not fat, they're just big-brained: Tiny spiders have such huge brains for their body sizes that the organs can spill into the animals' body cavities, a new study shows. Such big brains may explain why very small spiders—some less than a millimeter across—are just as

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'Lost world' discovered around Antarctic vents

‘Lost world’ discovered around Antarctic vents

Communities of species previously unknown to science have been discovered on the seafloor near Antarctica, clustered in the hot, dark environment surrounding hydrothermal vents. The discoveries, made by teams led by the University of Oxford, University of Southampton and British Antarctic Surv

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Water Ice on Mercury? NASA Probe Close to Proof

Water Ice on Mercury? NASA Probe Close to Proof

Move over, Mars: Evidence is mounting that water exists even on the hot, barren planet closest to the sun, Mercury. Based on new data from a NASA probe, astronomers say they're close to proving that mysterious "bright" spots at Mercury's poles are patches of water ice. Ice on Mercury m

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Moss Has Cloned Itself for 50,000 Years

Moss Has Cloned Itself for 50,000 Years

A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands (map) appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000 years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth, a new study suggests. The peat moss Sphagnum palustre is found throughout the Northern

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Real Christmas Trees Save Water

Real Christmas Trees Save Water

Fake Christmas trees might be convenient and seem eco-friendly at first glance, but their environmental costs—measured in greenhouse gas emissions and landfill space—far outweigh their benefits, say conservationists who urge consumers to "stay real" this holiday season. “Al

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