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Shut Up: How Noise Pollution Is Affecting 10 Animals

Often man-made, noise pollution or environmental noise is adversely affecting birds, frogs, whales, dolphins, crabs, elephants and many other animals.

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Examining Killer Whales after the Tragic SeaWorld Attack

This week's tragic killer whale attack at SeaWorld has stirred controversy about the orca in question, Tilikum, and whether these dolphins should be captive.

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Animal Hybrids: The Half-Lives Of 10 Curious Creatures

Animal hybrids can occur naturally or through the machinations of Mankind - either way, the resulting hybrids can be surprisingly vigorous.

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A New Breed of Intriguing Animal Breeding Habits

Researchers have recently discovered some interesting mating behaviors by fruit flies, fruit bats, cane toads, beetles and a group of birds called great tits.

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What Is KIDS and Why Should Koala Lovers Care?

In addition to habitat loss, chlamydia and other threats, Australian koalas are now rapidly suffering from KIDS (Koala AIDS) that is similar to human AIDS.

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Carp Attack! Beware of the Invasive Asian Carp

The dreaded, invasive Asian carp could be entering the Great Lakes, posing a serious threat to not only the ecosystem but fishermen on boats.

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Now Sea This: The 10 Most Amazing Bizarre Sharks

Sharks are the oceans' most efficient predators and have evolved to fit a wide range of bizarre ecological niches. Here are ten of the strangest.

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Eyes on the Prize: A Super Bowl of Incredible Animal Vision

Just as Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are known for great downfield vision, sea urchins, hammerhead sharks and bees possess quite eye-opening visual skills.

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Frozen Moments: Freaky, Funky Eco Art Installations

It would be easy to see Claire Morgan's installation art as macabre. But at its heart, it's more about a healthy fascination with science and nature.

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Unseasonably Cold, Globally Warm Animal Dangers

Unseasonably cold weather and globally warm scenarios pose grave animal dangers to tropical fish, sea turtles, colobine monkeys, gorillas and other marine animals.

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8 Smiling Spiders That Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy

These spiders' bold faux faces and smile-like markings aren't there to make you laugh, instead they serve to scare and confuse potential predators.

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Animal Bad Boys: From Bully Fish to Alcoholic Flies

Seemingly mild creatures like cleaner fish, damselfish and fruit flies have recently shown that they have surprising wild sides when push comes to shove.

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Arachnophobia: 44 Reasons to Run Before They Jump You!

Arachnophobia: the irrational fear of spiders. These hairy 8-legged, multi-eyeballed spiders may inspire fear, but get up close and they look almost cuddly.

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Ouch! That Stings: 6 Intoxicating, Venomous Animal Findings

From past (venomous dinosaurs) to present (venomous jellyfish) to future (venom treatments), the evolution, dangers and benefits of venom continue to surprise.

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Brain Power: Studying Animal Brains for Future Gains

From insects and brain size to genetically-altered mice and Alzheimer's to sea lions and toxic brain damage, these animals help educate about the brain.

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