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What is natural and what is man-made? Is there a line between the two? Ecosystems are subjectively defined and nature is one of the most difficult subjects to pin down, yet it offers us incredible insights while ecosystems provide us with vital knowledge about how to live sustainably on the planet.

Cool Cryptids: 14 Amazing Animals of Myth & Legend

From a bizarre giant worm that spits lightening out of its anus to the notorious goat-sucking 'Chupacabra', these mythical beasts have never been confirmed.

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Hail And Hailstones: A Cold Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

Bob Dylan wasn't referencing hail when he wrote "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" but truth be told, hail is as hard as rain can get.

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Surprise Finds: 10 Strange Yet Exciting New Species

A recent top 10 new species list has it all, including a weird, rat-eating plant, head-spinning frogfish, sexually-suggestive fungus and much more.

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Wood Carving: Trees as a Medium

When a tree dies, wood carvers are able to take the remains and make them beautiful. Here are some of the most gorgeous examples of tree carving:

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Grand Paws: 10 Of The World's Longest Lived Animals

Whether as pampered pets at home or protected from predators in zoos, these 10 oldest "grand paws" lead the senior circuit with the most golden years.

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Happy Fourth of July: 7 x 4 = 28 Patriotic Animal Pictures

As seen in their Fourth of July costumes, it is all about the red, white and blue for these patriotic dogs, cats, squirrels, horses, turtles and guinea pigs.

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Forest for the Trees: An Endless Forest in the City

Need a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city? The Endless Urban Forest was designed to provide an infinite green escape right in the city.

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Ugly By Nature: The World's 13 Ugliest Animals

While it's too much to expect the animal kingdom to look like the Magic Kingdom, some creatures appear to have taken multiple hits from the ugly stick.

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12 (More) Volatile Volcanoes That Are Ready to Blow

All around the world, there are potentially deadly volcanoes that have lain dormant for far too long. These 12 are showing signs that they could erupt soon.

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9 More Most Extreme Places on the Planet

This renewed look at our exceptional planet uncovers nine more extreme locations that rate their own place in the sun... rain, wind, snow, etcetera.

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Happy Father's Day: 20 Awesome Animal Dads

In celebration of Father's Day, here are 20 awesome animal dads that go above and beyond, thus providing their children with better opportunities to survive.

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World's Trashiest Hotel: Rome Hotel Made of Beach Garbage

Think that fleabag motel you stayed in was trashy? It was nothing compared to this hotel, which was made entirely of garbage found on the beach.

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The Next Level: California's Twin Elevated Park Concepts

Who says parks have to be on the ground? These brilliant urban park concepts use elevated space to green their cities and provide leisurely recreation space.

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Buzz Killers: 10 Of The World's Biggest, Baddest Bugs

These 10 big bugs show that giant insects don't only exist as fossils... or in nightmares. Put away that fly-swatter, you don't want to make these guys mad!

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Road Warriors: 4 Extreme Long-Distance Animal Travelers

Life is truly spent away from home and on the road for animal road warriors like bar-tailed godwits, European eels, estuarine crocodiles, Northern elephant seas.

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