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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.

7 (More!) Weird Wonders of the Marine Animal World

These bizarre creatures are among the weirdest served up by the sea, from a crab of nightmarish proportions to a pink shark with nail-like teeth.

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These Alien-Looking Acorns Are Actually Growing Wasp Larvae

Take a walk around London, and you'll probably spot some acorns with bizarre ridgy growth all over them. The cause? They're filled with wasp larvae.

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7 Incredible Insect Wonders of the World

From a bug with a giraffe-like neck to a moth that looks almost exactly like a hummingbird, here are seven of the world's weirdest bugs.

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Nature Through A Lens: 18 Amazing Flickr Photos

Photographers share incredible shots of bees in pollen, tulip fields, waterfalls, bison and more on Flickr Creative Commons. Here are 18 great examples.

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Rare Brown Pandas Warm A Black & White World

China's famous Giant Pandas are always black & white, right? Wrong! A rare genetic mutation can result in otherwise normal pandas displaying brown & tan coats.

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Brewin' Green: 7 Amazing Eco-Friendly Breweries

Green beer... not just for St. Paddy's Day anymore! These 7 amazing eco-friendly breweries are helping to save the planet, one cold & frosty mug at a time.

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Shock & Claws: The World's 7 Most Amazing Crabs

About 5,000 species of crabs live in every ocean, in fresh water and on land. Most look odd and act odder but these 7 crabs take oddity to a whole new level.

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X-Ray Images Capture the Inner Intricacies of Flowers

Photographer Nick Veasey reveals the hidden beauty inside flowers in this series of x-ray images.

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10 Ways to Make the Future of Food More Sustainable

Feeding our growing population in an uncertain future will require creative solutions, like eating bugs and invasive species, as well as local food production.

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Stonefaced: 7 Amazing Anthropomorphic Cliff Profiles

Sheer sea cliffs, steep mountain flanks and barren hillsides aren't called “rock faces” for nothing; more than a few actually display familiar profiles.

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Architecture for Insects: Sculptural Hotels for Pollinators

Build your own insect hotel for beneficial insects like bees and ladybugs that'll also be a sculptural accent for teh garden.

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Forest of Fireflies: Long Exposure Photography by Yume Cyan

Photographer Yume Cyan uses long exposure photography to capture glowing trails of fireflies in a forest in Japan.

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Magical Place for Learning: Nest Tree House Education Center

A new woven tree house installation at the Eden Project rainforest biome will make humans feel like little birds in a nest.

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Canadian Geographic's 2012 Wildlife Photos of the Year

These 7 selections from the 2012 Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year contest highlight the year's best works of Canadian nature photography.

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