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25 award-winning photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest show the beauty and fragility of animals in the wild

25 award-winning photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest...

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London's Natural History Museum hosts an annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.Photos show monkeys, lions, turtles, and bears, and other animals in the wild.The People's Choice Award winner shows a polar bear sleeping on an iceberg. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you're on the go. download…
Clownfish “count” white stripes to determine if an invader is friend or foe

Clownfish “count” white stripes to determine if an invader is friend...

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Enlarge / Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) seem to recognize different species of clownfish by counting white stripes.Kina Hayashi Many people tend to think of clownfish, with their distinctive white bars against an orange, red, or black background, as a friendly sort of fish, perhaps influenced to some extent by the popular Pixar film Finding Nemo.…
Explore the expected life spans of different dog breeds

Explore the expected life spans of different dog breeds

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For a dog, it’s good to be small and have a long nose. In the United Kingdom, breeds matching that description, such as miniature dachshunds and some terriers, can expect to have the longest lives, researchers report February 1 in Scientific Reports. Medium and large flat-nosed dogs like bulldogs or mastiffs, on the other hand,…
Parrots can move along thin branches using ‘beakiation’

Parrots can move along thin branches using ‘beakiation’

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Science News was founded in 1921 as an independent, nonprofit source of accurate information on the latest news of science, medicine and technology. Today, our mission remains the same: to empower people to evaluate the news and the world around them. It is published by the Society for Science, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated…
Scientists think they’ve finally solved the millennia-old mystery of why bugs flock to your porch light

Scientists think they’ve finally solved the millennia-old mystery of why bugs...

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In 1884, entomologist Mary Esther Murtfeldt noticed something odd. She'd captured butterflies at night in her sitting room that usually only came out during the day — they seemed attracted by her lamps.The question of what brings insects toward lights of all kinds — from flames to porch lamps — is an ancient one."We've been…
What parrots can teach us about human intelligence

What parrots can teach us about human intelligence

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Bruce the kea is missing his upper beak, giving the olive green parrot a look of perpetual surprise. But scientists are the astonished ones. The typical kea (Nestor notabilis) sports a long, sharp beak, perfect for digging insects out of rotten logs or ripping roots from the ground in New Zealand’s alpine forests.
A bird flu outbreak is sweeping the globe. Its long-term effects are unclear

A bird flu outbreak is sweeping the globe. Its long-term effects...

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As I step among poop-covered rocks toward the plateau of a small island in the Galápagos, a part of me rejoices. Not only am I about to see the archipelago’s famed blue-footed boobies for the first time, but the sight of guano everywhere, and birds to make fresh batches, serves as a reminder: The ongoing…
‘Lost’ golden mole rediscovered after 86 years

‘Lost’ golden mole rediscovered after 86 years

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The blind De Winton's golden mole, thought to be lost for nearly a century, was found in South Africa using eDNA, a technique that examines DNA left in the environment. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. Have an account? Log in.
Megalodon wasn’t as chonky as a great white shark, experts say

Megalodon wasn’t as chonky as a great white shark, experts say

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Enlarge / These are the kinds of shark teeth discovered in burial sites and other ceremonial remains of the inland Maya communities. From left to right, there's a fossilized megalodon tooth, great white shark tooth, and bull shark tooth. Antiquity The megalodon, a giant shark that went extinct some 3.6 million years ago, is famous…
A barking dog alerted passersby to a missing hiker who fell over 150 feet down the slope of a Hawaii mountain 

A barking dog alerted passersby to a missing hiker who fell...

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Rescuers in Honolulu saved a 35-year-old woman who had fallen roughly 170 feet down the side of a mountain thanks to her dog, who barked incessantly and alerted passersby.The Honolulu Fire Department said in a statement that a group of hikers called 911 on January 15 to report a barking dog on a steep mountain…

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