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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 came just over 15 years ago. A…

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Falling Over Fossils

September 14, 2017

Dig this! JUDE SPARKS, 10, stumbled over a million-year-old fossil while playing with his brothers in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “I tripped on the tusk and landed next to the bottom jaw,” Jude told TFK. His brother Hunter thought they’d…

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Uncovering the Past

September 13, 2017

Dinosaurs are long gone, but scientists keep finding new types of the extinct creatures. Two recent discoveries are providing insight into North America’s distant past. In May, the fossil of a 110-million-year-old armored herbivore went on display at the…

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What's Up, Dog?

September 11, 2017

A 3-year-old pit-bull mix named Ninja trots into a lab at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She catches sight of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI)—a clanging, coffin-like machine—and leaps happily onto the table. Ninja has been trained to sit still…

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Bright Lights, Big Ideas

April 28, 2017

Researchers are looking to nature for innovative ideas. Imagine a world where everyday objects produce their own light. Glowing trees illuminate city streets. Crops gleam to signal that they need water or they are ready to be picked. Street signs…

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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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The Future of Zoos

March 17, 2017

For a mother and 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 family did not panic. They laughed. The tiger was…

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The Future of Zoos

March 17, 2017

Experts say zoos need to better meet the needs of animals. For a mother and 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.…

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Technology

Clones, Clones, Everywhere

December 9, 2016

Twenty years ago, a sheep was cloned. Since then, cloning has become a big business. How far can cloning go? When Dolly the sheep was born, on July 5, 1996, history was made. Dolly was the first successfully cloned mammal.…

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Where the Buffalo Roam

November 11, 2016

The North American bison is the official U.S. mammal. What does that honor mean for the bison’s long-term survival in the wild? For 234 years, the bald eagle has been an official symbol of the U.S. It is, after all,…

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