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Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans

The first known human case of the virus was identified in a Florida teen after a year of tests. Known symptoms include fever and a severe rash, but it's unclear if it causes brain inflammation.

Science | World | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Long-Extinct Gibbon Found Inside Tomb Of Chinese Emperor's Grandmother

A Chinese tomb has turned up evidence of a new species of long-extinct ape. The gibbon, called Junzi imperialis, lived and died alongside its imperial human caretaker.

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Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

Koko fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language and ability to interact with humans. She also gave people a glimpse of her emotions.

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Nursery For Giant Manta Rays Discovered In Gulf Of Mexico

Sightings of baby mantas are rare, but the Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary appears to be a safe playground for newborns to adolescents.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Nation

Shortage Of Rural Veterinarians Puts Farmers, Food Supply At Risk

The scarcity of rural vets, who are the first line of defense against diseases that can spread from animals to humans, means sick and infected animals could increasingly go untested.

Flora and Fauna

Achilles The 'Psychic' Cat Predicts Russia Win In World Cup Opening Match

Achilles is a designated rat hunter at Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The museum veterinarian said the cat "loves his motherland and couldn't vote otherwise."

Flora and Fauna | Nation

Raccoon Vs. Skyscraper: The Summer Blockbuster You Never Knew You Needed

Not all heroes wear masks — but this one does. The little creature climbed about two dozen stories Tuesday, capturing a city's imagination in the process. Will the tiny raccoon make it to safety?

Science | Flora and Fauna

When Everything Clicks: The Power Of Judgment-Free Learning

There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in learning. And mental chit chat can make learning hard. One solution, silence it with a click.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Man Kills Snake; Snake Tries To Kill Him Back

Trying to save his wife from a diamondback rattlesnake Jeremy Sutcliffe decapitated the serpent with a shovel. But when he went to pick up the head, it bit him delivering a near deadly dose of venom.

Science | Flora and Fauna | Environment

In Thailand, 17 Pounds Of Plastic Kills Whale, Highlighting Ocean Pollution

Last week, dozens of plastic bags were pulled from the stomach of a whale that researchers found washed ashore in Thailand.