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Endangered ferrets are being saved by drones that drop vaccine-laced M&Ms

It's the first time that I really can get such a cute ferret portrait! Here’s your weird but interesting technology story for the day. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are using M&M dispensing drones to save endangered black-footed ferrets in rural Montana. The ferret’s main source of food are prairie dogs, which being killed by the sylvatic plague, a disease spread by rats and fleas that has existed since the 1800s. To date, biologists… Read More

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Fitz Tepper

July 13th

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Crazy video shows why you should never turn your back on a lion

Lion Attack
It's funny how the lion is considered to be the king of the jungle, yet as anyone who has watched a nature documentary can attest, all lions seem to do for most of the day is sleep and hang out in the sun. Truth be told, the kind of the jungle tagline has less to do with a lion's ferocity and more to do with outward appearances and the "social structure of a pride." That notwithstanding, lions, like other big cats, are incredibly skilled predators. Sure, everyone knows that they have power and can be vicious when need be, but they can also be stealthy and smart when on the prowl. Case in point: a recent video out of a zoo in Japan shows why you should never turn your back on a big cat. To be clear, no one in the video was injured so there's no reason to fret.

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Yoni Heisler

June 7th

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Watch: A zoo strapped a GoPro to a cheetah and the result is incredible

Cheetah Runs
It's no secret that the Cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet, but it's sometimes hard to put their tremendous speed into perspective. Consider this: you could be cruising along the highway doing 65 and it would be entirely possible to look out your window and see a cheetah actually pass you. When it comes to actual metrics, the cheetah can run as fast as 70 mph during short bursts. On the acceleration front, the cheetah isn't a slouch either as it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds, about as quick as a tricked out Tesla Model S.

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Yoni Heisler

June 2nd

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Illegal Fishing in Mexico is Driving the World’s Smallest Porpoise to Extinction

The world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita, is on the verge of extinction, with only around 60 members surviving off the coast of Mexico. Their decline, driven by illegal fishing, could eliminate the species in just a few years.

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Angela Chen

May 15th

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Seeing Animals Migrate in Yellowstone Is Pretty Incredible

Seeing Animals Migrate in Yellowstone Is Pretty Incredible

It’s wonderful to be able to see nature like this, with animals in a habitat that has largely been left untouched. I’ve watched this video multiple times, first to see the animals—elk, pronghorn, etc.—migrate and then again to just appreciate the beauty of Yellowstone.

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April 7th

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Google Now Plays the Noises Animals Make

What noise does a zebra make, again? There’s no need to guess, because now you can search for “animal noises” in the search engine and you’ll be presented with a panel that lets you hear roars, oinks, quacks and more. Silly, yes—but also oddly compelling, especially if you have children.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 7th

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The World’s Smallest Primate Can Do More Pullups Than You

The adorable gray mouse lemur weighs just 1.5 to 3 ounces, but its tiny frame belies its impressive strength. French researchers put the creature’s grip to the test and found, on average, that mouse lemurs can pull more than ten times their own body weight.

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Jennifer Ouellette

April 6th

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Birds Nest Near Alligators to Scare Off Predators and “Pay” Them in Rejected Chicks

A lot of things eat baby birds, and alligators eat most of those things. Birds in the Everglades seem to have noticed this, and nest in trees near alligators. The alligators provide a benefit to the birds, keeping away the opossums and raccoons that would eat their eggs. But what might the alligators get out of it?

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Esther Inglis-Arkell

March 23rd

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Hyenas and Wolves Are Teaming Up to Survive

Different species of carnivores don’t get along. At best, they’re in direct competition for prey. At worst, they turn each other into prey. But recently, zoologists found that two predators are teaming up to both survive and haunt your nightmares.

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Esther Inglis-Arkell

March 18th

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Hyenas and Wolves Are Teaming Up to Survive

Different species of carnivores don’t get along. At best, they’re in direct competition for prey. At worst, they turn each other into prey. But recently, zoologists found that two predators are teaming up to both survive and haunt your nightmares.

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Esther Inglis-Arkell

March 18th

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