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Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

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Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say

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Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

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The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

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3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change

The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump Tuesday. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky

The Earth's encounter with asteroid 3200 Phaethon on Saturday will be its closest since 1974 — and the closest it will be until 2093. The flyby means good gazing for amateur astronomers.

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Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.

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Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire

Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.

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Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too

It used to be caused juvenile diabetes because the thought was it only started in childhood. But adults are as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. No knowing that can delay treatment.