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Chilean Birdman Leads Efforts to Save Seabird in World's Driest Desert

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This little guy symbolizes protection of nature and resilience in the harshest of conditions, says naturalist.

Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?

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Loose skin helps African elephants keep cool and naked mole rats burrow underground, for starters.

Colossal 280-Pound Catfish Caught in Italy

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The wels catfish is Europe's largest freshwater fish.

Blue or White Dress? Why We See Colors Differently

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Color blind or optical illusion? Scientists offer clues as to why people see different colors in the same dress.

ISIS Smashes Priceless, Ancient Statues in Iraq

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Islamic militants have destroyed priceless statues in Iraq. What was lost, and why is it important?

New Theory Behind Dozens of Craters Found in Siberia

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Scientists say melting pingos, and not methane hydrates, are likely to blame for the dramatic craters.

Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil

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A recent report of a male black-and-white tegus attempting to mate with a dead female in Brazil raises the question: Why are some animals necrophiliacs?

He Led the CIA to bin Laden—and Unwittingly Inspired a Backlash Against Vaccines

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Pakistani doctor helped lead the CIA to bin Laden—and unwittingly inspired a backlash against vaccines.

Fleeing War, a Syrian Family Makes a New Home in North Carolina

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A family of seven, driven from their country by violence, is building a new life in North Carolina with help from the U.S. government, resettlement workers, and volunteers.

Week's Best Space Pictures: Curiosity Drills, Nebulae Illuminate, and Hubble Peers

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Curiosity makes its third foray into Martian soil, nebulae light up a winter night, and Hubble peers into deep space in this week's best space photos.

In Honor of International Polar Bear Day, Spectacular Pictures of a Threatened Species

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Take a peek at polar bears playing, swimming, and sleeping in their changing habitat.

Many Animals—Including Your Dog—May Have Horrible Short-Term Memories

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Human ability to remember past events is unique, according to a new study of animals' limited short-term memories.

Miami's Choice: Bigger Ships or Coral Reefs?

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Dredging in Biscayne Bay inflicts heavy damage on North America's only coral reef tract.

Deadly Frog Fungus Pops Up in Madagascar, an Amphibian Wonderland

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Chytrid fungus, responsible for amphibian declines and extinctions around the world, is now confirmed in Madagascar.

Quirky Winds Fuel Brazil's Devastating Drought, Amazon's Flooding

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With severe water shortages in Brazil's cities and destructive floods in the Amazon, the boom-and-bust phenomenon may be South America's new normal.

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

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Consumers may not be protecting their health as much as they think with some BPA-free products because a chemical that replaced BPA seems to have similar effects.

'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died

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Eugenie Clark, a marine biologist and ichthyologist, who died on Wednesday, helped the public understand and appreciate the much maligned shark.

Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time

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Astronomers struggle to explain how a gigantic black hole could have appeared less than a billion years after the big bang.

How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan

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After the U.S. used a health program to track down the al Qaeda leader, volunteers fighting polio became the hunted.

True or False: Scandinavians Are Practically Perfect in Every Way

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Thanks to big government, high taxes, and redistribution of wealth, Scandinavia is educated and safe. But there are a few smudges on the portrait—alcoholism, for one.