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Habitats can be anything and animals are notoriously anywhere – even in our clean-swept streets and well-kept suburban lawns. These articles explore the more amazing, strange, rare, exotic and endangered species of the world as well as the places they live, from far-flung forests to right down the road.

Extreme Close-Ups: 16 Mind-Blowing Macro Nature Photos

These amazing macro photographs get up close and personal with bees, damselflies, geckos, jumping spiders, flowers and droplets of water.

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Zoo Snooze: 12 Jaw-Dropping Animal Yawns

Tired of waking up tired? Your weary query is wasted on these 12 sleepy creatures who appear to be wide open to the prospect of a good night's rest.

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Art in the Apiary: Sculptures Made by Bees

Environmental artist Aganetha Dyck has an unlikely collaborator in her sculptures - swarms of bees, which add their honeycomb to her figurines.

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Grin & Bear It: 12 Sweetly Smiling Animals

Just another manic monkey? A surprising number of animals flash smiles from time to time but these 12 smirking critters can really turn a frown upside down!

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Spine Tingling: Meet Pikaia, Our Earliest Ancestor!

The earliest ancestor of all vertebrates (including us) appears to have been Pikaia Gracilens, a tiny, worm-like creature just 2 inches long.

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Intricate Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed CDs

Artist Sean Avery recycles hundreds of waste CDs into stunning animal sculptures including birds, cats and otters that glitter in the sunlight.

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Real-Life Zombies: 10 Examples of Mind Control in Nature

Zombies aren't just movie monsters - they're real. These 10 examples of zombies in nature include mind-controlled insects and walking corpse syndrome.

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Prickly Puggle: Meet Kai, Perth Zoo's Cute Echidna

The Perth Zoo gives us a look at the spiny yet cute Kai, one of the few short-beaked echidnas that have been successfully bred in captivity.

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Souper Duper! Asia's Artificial Bird's Nest Soup Shacks

Skyrocketing prices of edible nests used to make the Chinese delicacy Bird's Nest Soup have spawned a construction boom of artificial nesting barns.

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Amazing Animal Brains: 13 Fascinating Neurological Facts

Spiders with brains that spill into their legs, sea squirts that eat their own neurons and super-smart crows: these 13 animals have fascinating brains.

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Just Peachy: Australia's Pretty Pink Hutt Lagoon

Western Australia's Hutt Lagoon is pink as a blushing bride and saltier than a sailor on shore leave, thanks to an abundance of beta carotene-producing algae.

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Fire Away: 7 Amazing Animal Dragons

2012 is the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac and the dragon is the only one of the 12 animals to be wholly mythical... or is it?

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Honey I'm Home! Urban Beehives For Sweet City Living

Catch a buzz? These 7 bee-friendly urban beehives are ideal for anyone who wants to invite a little urban wildlife into their nature-challenged neighborhood.

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Crawl Spaces: 10 Amazing Ant Farms Fit For A Queen

These 10 amazing ant farms combine the best features of aquariums, art, furniture and pets in a low-maintenance, eco-friendly, educational medium.

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The Real Spirit of the Season: 14 Charity Gift Sites

Stumped on gift ideas? Consider giving a great deed instead, donating to one of these 14 charities in your recipient's name.

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