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By Emma Bubola © The New York Times Co. ROME » It seemed like just another violation of coronavirus social-distance restrictions when Italian police broke up a luncheon of about 20 people last week near the northern city of Brescia. But then they stumbled onto an illegal massacre on the...
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By Emily Anthes © The New York Times Co. Male tanagers are meant to be noticed. Many species of the small, tropical bird sport deep black feathers and splashes of eye-catching color — electric yellows, traffic-cone oranges and nearly neon scarlets. To achieve this flashiness, the birds must spend...
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The New York Times, In summer 2019, when joking about omens of the apocalypse still seemed fresh and fun, an endless swarm of grasshoppers descended on the Las Vegas Strip. For weeks, after sunset, their flapping wings filled the Sky Beam shining up from the pyramid of the Luxor casino, and their d...
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    By Christina Larson and Julie Watson The Associated Press shared from The Denver Post   SAN DIEGO » The coughing among the western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in January was the first warning sign. Soon the fears were confirmed: A troop of gorillas b...
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 text by Helen H. Richardson The Denver Post Spring is arriving in the San Luis Valley on the wings of the sandhill cranes and other migratory birds such as Canada geese and ducks as they migrate through southern Colorado. The valley is rich with wildlife and open land, offering refuge t...
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TOKYO » Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: Some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies. This “wonder of nature,” reported in a biology journal on Monday, could eventually help scientists better understand and tackle regeneration of human tissue. One...
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  By Matthew Brown and John Flesher The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration on Monday reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species. ...
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    At more than 70 years young, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known banded wild bird, is taking on the challenge of motherhood again. An egg laid by Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, late last year on a speck of land in the Pacific Ocean hatched at the beginning of last month, the U.S. Fish and...
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By Lesley Evans Ogden © The New York Times Co. As they prowl the oceans, sharks aren’t just hunting. Some of them are glowing. And now researchers have identified the largest glow-in-thedark species with a spine — on land or sea — that has ever been found. A study published last week in Frontiers...
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    BERLIN » It fits on a human fingertip, but this chameleon could make a big splash. Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of chameleon is a contender for the title of world’s smallest reptile. Frank Glaw, who was part of the international team of rese...
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  In 2018, scientists set out on an expedition to survey the habitat of an endangered bat species in the West African country of Guinea. One night, a trap turned up something unusual: a new species of bat with a fiery orange body strikingly juxtaposed with black wings. “It was kind of a life ...
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New research suggests that manta rays aren’t just solitary ocean wanderers. They’re also shaping the undersea environment in ways we never imagined By Krista Langlois I didn’t really understand the word ‘grace’ until I swam with manta rays. These placid members of the shark family are the embo...
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By Katherine J. Wu © The New York Times Co. Weighing up to 380,000 pounds and stretching some 100 feet long, the blue whale — the largest creature to have lived on Earth — might at first seem difficult for human eyes and ears to miss. But a previously unknown population of the leviathans has long...
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By Cara Giaimo © The New York Times Co. Were platypuses just the beginning? In October, researchers reported that the perplexing animals fluoresce a psychedelic blue-green color under black light. The species joined a short list of mammals known to do this, including opossums and flying s...
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By Candice Choi 12/16/2020 The Associated Press NEW YORK » U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it fo...
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By Sabrina Imbler © The New York Times Co. In the spring of 2018 at the Montreal Insectarium, Stéphane Le Tirant received a clutch of 13 eggs that he hoped would hatch into leaves. The eggs were not ovals but prisms, brown paper lanterns scarcely bigger than chia seeds. They were laid by a wi...
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By James Gorman © The New York Times Co. It’s good to have friends, for humans and chimpanzees. But the nature and number of those friends change over time. In young adulthood, humans tend to have a lot of friendships. But as they age, social circles narrow, and people tend to keep a few good frie...
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  Shared from the 10/25/2020 The Denver Post eEdition SPOKANE, WASH.»Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and usi...
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Shared from the 10/22/2020 The Denver Post eEdition NEW STUDY-By Marion Renault The Associated Press A cross section of the medial suture, where two halves of the diabolical ironclad beetle’s elytra meet, shows the puzzle piece configuration that’s among the keys to the insect’s incredible durabi...
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Shared from the 10/19/2020 The Denver Post eEdition By Jonathan Romeo
The Durango Herald DURANGO» A decades-long effort to restore the Colorado River cutthroat trout to the upper reaches of Hermosa Creek has been completed, resulting in the largest continuous stretch of waterway for the native fis...
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