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Bat-Like, Pigeon-Sized Dino Soared Over China

Bat-Like, Pigeon-Sized Dino Soared Over China

A dinosaur with bat-like wings once soared through the skies of what is now China. The Jurassic dinosaur, named Yi qi, has the shortest name ever given to a dino: Yi qi, pronounced "ee chee," means "strange wing." It also appears to be the earliest known flying non-avian dinosaur. At 160 million

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Kangaroos are lefties

Kangaroos are lefties

Here's an interesting bit of information for your next trivia night: by and large, kangaroos are left-handed. This might seem like really weird news, but the study that backs this up may help scientists get a better handle on the evolution of mammals — in addition to dispelling the notion that tr

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Mushroom 'helps keep fat off'

Mushroom ‘helps keep fat off’

A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals, say researchers in Taiwan. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggested Ganoderma lucidum slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut. The researchers suggested the mushroom could eventually be

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Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

The deep-sea crustacean, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of yeti crab known to scienceIt's white. It's hairy. It's elusive. It's a yeti … crab. Meet Kiwa tyleri, the newest member of the yeti crab family and the first to be found in the cold waters off Antarctica.

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Rare, Huge Basking Shark Caught Off Australia

Rare, Huge Basking Shark Caught Off Australia

The giant fish hasn’t been seen there in 80 years. Looking like something out of the time of the dinosaurs, a huge fish that’s known as a basking shark was pulled up by fishermen off Australia this week, the first time the species has been caught there in 80 years.  The 20-fo

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Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail

Lava Lake on Moon of Jupiter Revealed in Remarkable Detail

For the first time ever, researchers on Earth have been able to capture detailed images of the heat rising from an active volcano on another body in the solar system.  Using its twin 8.4-meter mirrors, the Large Binocular telescope observatory in Arizona managed to spy on a large l

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Even a Little Walking Can Improve Your Health

Even a Little Walking Can Improve Your Health

Want to reduce your risk of dying at a young age? Try walking casually for as little as 2 minutes per hour. While it is well known that intense exercise can help you get fitter, a new study has found that even a little exercise can still go a long way. Study participants who traded time on the s

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Rare Tiger Family Portrait

Rare Tiger Family Portrait

For the first time, conservationists have spotted an Amur tiger dad leading his family along a snowy trail in Russia's Far East forests. There are fewer than 500 of the rare Amur tigers left in the wild, according tothe Wildlife Conservation Society. The endangered species lives in remote, mount

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Monkeys Show How to Perfectly Crack a Nut

Monkeys Show How to Perfectly Crack a Nut

Wild bearded capuchin monkeys could be the second best nut crackers in the animal kingdom, suggests new research on the small primates. We’re in the number one spot, given all of our gadgets and machinery that can crack nuts, but the monkeys appear to be a close second, since they have their ow

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T. rex's Oddball Vegetarian Cousin Discovered

T. rex’s Oddball Vegetarian Cousin Discovered

You might not recognize the word “therapod,” but you almost certainly know members of this terrifying group of dinosaurs, including Velociraptor and the fearsome T. rex—the most terrifying predators that ever walked the Earth. So it's shocking that a newly discovered therapod not only lo

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