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Woolly Mammoth Genomes Deciphered: Step Toward Cloning Them?

The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise. DNA analysis reveals the beasts suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island, leading to their extinction. Scientists on Thursday …

Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct

The 34-year-old Suni was one of two breeding males of his subspecies left on Earth.<p>The northern white rhinoceros is one step closer to extinction with the death of Suni, one of only two breeding males left of his kind.<p>The 34-year-old animal was found dead October 17 in his enclosure in Kenya's Ol …

Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Wildlife<p><b>A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.</b><p>A study published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> reveals that the fish have an unusual way to …

Video: Solar eclipse on October 23

Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the partial solar eclipse this Thursday.<p>A total eclipse is when the moon …

Breathalyser used to diagnose dolphin health

Dolphins are getting breathalysed, but not to stop them driving under the influence: a team of researchers has developed a special breathalyser that allows them to check the health of the animals in a non-invasive way.<p>Professor Cristina Davis and colleagues at the UC Davis Department of Mechanical …