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This Week's Most Intriguing Discoveries: Of Schnozzes, Seawater, and Trolls

Here are five of the week's most interesting discoveries.<p>Emus descended upon an Australian town, an island was born off the coast of Japan, and John F. Kennedy's friends remember the assassinated president.<p>But that's not all that happened around the world. Here are some gems from the world of …

High Moon Over the Amazon: The Quest for the Monkeys of the Night

Changing Planet<p>In total darkness in the dripping rain forest of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park, the accomplished primatologist Patricia Chapple Wright skipped along a rough trail she’d prepared for us jungle neophytes to explore the nocturnal world of lemurs, frogs, and many other species …

5 Winners and Losers on New “Red List” of World’s Rarest Species

From sea turtles to forest giraffes, surprises abound in IUCN Red List.<p>There’s good news and bad news from the world's leading scientists who study endangered species.<p>In the good news department: Leatherback sea turtles are showing significant population gains, especially in the Atlantic Ocean.<p>In …

Why Does the Seahorse Have Its Odd Head? Mystery Solved

Wildlife<p><b>What does it take to catch your prey 90 percent of the time?</b><p>For the seahorse, the shape of its head, along with its stealthy approach and lightning speed, literally makes a meal of some of the ocean’s most sought after prey: the copepod, according to a new study.<p>A long-snouted, or hairy …

Mysterious Deaths Threaten a Population of Southern Right Whales

The "mass mortality" of hundreds of southern right whale calves mystify scientists.<p><b>Surprisingly large numbers of southern right whale calves are dying off the coast of Argentina, sparking concerns among marine scientists and conservation officials.</b><p><b>Overall, southernright whales are doing much better</b> …

Fishermen Work to Reduce Albatross Deaths

Changing Planet<p>By Susan Jackson<p>The albatross and life at sea have been linked for centuries.<p>But the death of an albatross means far more than bad luck for sailors. It signifies a serious threat to the ecosystem of the world’s oceans – so much so that the organizations that manage fisheries across …

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How “Walking” Fish Made the Leap From Ocean to Land

Wildlife<p><b>The Pacific leaping blenny (Alticus arnoldorum) is a fish out of water. The legless land fish makes its home on the intertidal rocks on the island of Guam (map), and new research shows how this strange fish was able to make the leap from stealthy swimmer to landlubber.</b><p>The two- to three-inch …

On Wildlife Conservation Day: Saving Our Last Wild Places

Changing Planet<p>Oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge of Alaska; minerals in unlogged forests of Congo and Gabon in Central Africa; new roads across the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Mayan forests of Central America; and oil palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. Seldom does a week go by without a …

The Silent Crisis: Vietnam’s Elephants on the Verge of Extinction

Wildlife<p><b>As the slaughter of the remaining elephants in Africa continues without interruption, elephants in Vietnam—without media attention and a pack of NGOs calling for their protection—are quietly disappearing.</b><p>Victim of an intensely and increasingly fragmented habitat, weak environmental laws, …

Sharks Return to Their Birthplace to Give Birth

A 19-year study of lemon sharks shines new light on how they reproduce.<p><b>Schoolchildren learn that sea turtles and salmon return to their places of birth in order to release their own young. But sharks? A new study shows, for the first time, that this is just what lemon sharks do.</b><p>In the 1990s, …

Red-crowned Woodpecker and Wasp

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Waxy Monkey Frogs

Saddle-billed Stork

Damsel in distress

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Loving Mom

Sandhill cranes flying, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Malayan Tiger