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Why Is This Australian Spotted Cat in Trouble?

Wildlife<p><b>Bad news for the Tasmanian devil also may mean tough times for another one of Tasmania’s predators, the eastern quoll.</b><p>Since 1996, the virally transmitted “devil facial tumor disease” has ravaged the Tasmanian devil population. In the areas of the Australian island (map) where the disease …

Florida is Home to Over 1,000 Rhesus Monkeys Infected With Herpes

A <i>New York Post</i> story has the headline, "Herpes-infected monkeys terrorize Florida." The article says over a thousand wild Rhesus monkeys, some …

How the diminutive zebrafish is having a big impact on medical research

It begins with sex on the beach. Pairs of zebrafish separate from the rest of their shoal and move into shallower and shallower water, continuing to cavort around each other in rapid, darting movements. When the female reaches ground that is only a couple of centimetres below the waterline, a …

The Most Stylish Movie Characters of All Time

<b>When you think about the work</b> that goes into costume design on literally every movie ever made — studios have been employing small armies of people to find or make clothes to dress each character since basically the dawn of the motion picture — it's really no surprise that cinematic fashion has had …

Men's Fashion

How Squid Are Inspiring Better Camouflage For Soldiers

A squid-like film can be switched on and off chemically to change how infrared light is reflected.<p>If there's one thing squid are good at, it's hiding. The mysterious giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, and even the common calamari squid can alter its appearance to blend into …

A new beautiful translucent snail from the deepest cave in Croatia

Scientists discovered a new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama–Trojama in …

Medical Journals

Life In A Rapidly Shrinking Puddle

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>What if you were born into a world that only blinks into existence once a year, and lasts for mere weeks or months before disappearing again? How would you live your life?<p>We can find the answer in East Africa, where a fish lives out its entire lives in …

You May Not Want To Look: Blobfish Named 'Ugliest Animal'

At first glance, we thought it was a <i>Star Wars</i> character.<p>But, no, the blobfish is a real creature that bobs around in the waters off Australia.<p>And now it's the "winner" of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society's online vote to choose a mascot.<p>Or as the society and the British Science Association say, …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

Germany

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Opinion: SeaWorld vs. the Whale That Killed Its Trainer

The film Blackfish probes the case of an orca that killed its trainer. Blame is assigned to SeaWorld—rightly so, in my view.<p><b>Watch the television premiere of "Blackfish," Thursday, October 24, at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.</b><p><b>The documentary Blackfish opened around the country on July 26, with more splash than</b> …

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

Wildlife<p>The giant sea spider Anomorhynchus smithii, a species described for the first time in Franz Josef Land in 1881. (Photo by Enric Sala)<p><i>National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km</i> …