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Environment

A New Home

March 16, 2018

The National Aquarium, in Baltimore, Maryland, is home to nearly 20,000 animals. Among them are seven bottlenose dolphins: Jade, Spirit, Maya, Bayley, Chesapeake, Beau, and Foster. Chesapeake, the oldest, is 26. None has known life in the wild. But…

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Flynn Wins

February 16, 2018

Flynn, a 5-year-old bichon frise, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held February 12 and 13, in New York City. Flynn was guided by expert dog handler Bill McFadden. “It feels a little unreal,” McFadden…

Technology

Cosmic Critters

December 12, 2017

Animals have long been on the front lines of scientific discovery. Time and again, they have been given the lead in exploring new frontiers. But they didn’t volunteer for their missions. That doesn’t lessen their contribution to scientific knowledge. It…

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World

Rescue Dog

November 13, 2017

Good dog! A Labrador retriever has earned worldwide praise. She is being called a hero for her efforts to rescue people after two earthquakes struck Mexico. The dog’s name is Frida. She works for SEMAR, the Mexican Navy. She looks…

Science

Reversing Extinction

October 2, 2017

Bringing species back from extinction may seem more like science fiction than reality. But scientists are close to being able to bring animals back from the dead. The first major breakthrough in de-extinction happened about 15 years ago. A team…

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Science

Uncovering the Past

September 13, 2017

Dinosaurs are long gone. But scientists keep finding new types of the creatures. Two recent discoveries are helping experts better understand North America’s distant past. In May, a 110-million-year-old fossil went on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, in Alberta,…

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Science

What's Up, Dog?

September 11, 2017

A 3-year-old pit-bull mix named Ninja trots into the lab. She sees the MRI, a coffin-like machine. She leaps happily onto the table. Ninja has been trained to sit still in the MRI. This lets neuroscientist Gregory Berns peer into…

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Science

Bright Lights, Big Ideas

April 28, 2017

Researchers are looking to glowing nature for new ideas. Imagine a world where everyday objects produce their own light. Bright trees illuminate city streets. Crops light up when they need water or are ready to be picked. Street signs gleam…

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World

Wild Medicine

April 14, 2017

Veterinarians in Africa are working to save gorilla species—one patient at a time. Of all the mountain gorillas that veterinarian Mike Cranfield has treated in the past 18 years, Ijabo stands out the most. When Ijabo was three days old,…

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United States

The Future of Zoos

March 17, 2017

Can zoos meet the needs of animals? Should zoos exist? For kids at the Philadelphia Zoo, in Pennsylvania, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of them was a Siberian tiger. But the kids did…

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