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On Earth Day, 20 Gorgeous Photos Of Natural Wonders Under Threat

April 22 marks Earth Day, the annual U.N.-sponsored event to celebrate the planet and raise awareness of the impact that humanity has on the natural world. As people and governments across the globe honor the date, The WorldPost looks into some of Earth's wonders that face destruction at the hands …

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Subtle, Beautiful Photos of Man-Made Light Moving Through Natural Environments

This series of photos by Norwegian photographer Ole Brodersen goes by the name “Trespassing,” and it’s based around a fascinating concept: recording …

What Do Animals Really Dream About?

These Unlikely Friendships Are The Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Photo: Courtesy of The Dodo.<p>Sometimes, shape, size, color and species just don't matter. Ahead, four adorable duos that found unlikely friendship on …

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How tech could spell the end of animals in drugs testing

We are in a pharmaceutical ice age where fewer drugs are being developed. But new computer modelling and bioengineering techniques could revitalise the industry – and make animal testing obsolete<p>Think of a world where more new medicines are available more quickly, more safely and with few, if any, …

Seattle Zoo Elephant's Unexpected Death Prompts Important Discussion About Animal Captivity

A 45-year-old African elephant's unexpected death at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has fanned the flames of the ongoing debate about the humaneness of elephant captivity.<p>Watoto was euthanized after she was found on her side in an outdoor elephant exhibit yard on Friday. Attempts to place her back on …

Playful Paintings Suggest How Animals Are Created

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis creates amusing paintings that playfully illustrate how animals are created. In the whimsical works, viewers become witness to an imaginative process that explains how a zebra gets its stripes, how a leopard gets its spots, or how a flamingo gets its colorful pink …

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The Most Dangerous Animals for Runners

These creatures are best avoided.<p>We reached out to our fellow runners to find out what animals they were most afraid of. Most of the answers we received were expected, but there were a few surprises mixed in too. Keep an eye out for these dangerous animals on your next run—and stay safe!

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Domesticating Rabbits: Scientists Prove Charles Darwin's Theory of Genetics in Taming Animals

Genes controlling the development of the brain and nervous system were fundamentally important for animal domestication, according to new research.<p>An …

Photo du Jour: The Hand of God

Swimming out into the water with a waterproof camera in hand, Greek photographer Costas Masseras captures the country’s islands in miniature, the …

Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning

Changing Planet<p>Wolves in Bayerischer Wald National Park, Germany. Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic Creative<p><b>Yawning isn’t a lone wolf phenomenon. New research shows that when one wolf yawns, a packmate often does too.</b><p>Watching a pack of wolves at the Tama Zoological Park outside …