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Who Cares If They're Cute? This Zoologist Accepts Animals On Their Own Terms

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Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren't doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around "fact and not sentimentality."

When Teens Cyberbully Themselves

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In this latest form of self-harming behavior, adolescents anonymously post mean or derogatory comments about themselves on social media, as a way of managing feelings of sadness or self-loathing.

Novelist Richard Powers Finds New Stories Deep In Old Growth Forests

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In The Overstory, Powers explores how humans can revere ancient trees with "the same kind of sanctity that we reserve exclusively for ourselves."

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Climate Change Is Killing Coral On The Great Barrier Reef

The ecosystem has collapsed for 29 percent of the 3,863 reefs in the giant coral reef system, according to new research. Scientists are learning which corals are the "winners" and "losers."

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Malibu Moves To Ban Single-Use Plastic

Whether you think it's time or a waste of time, the city of Malibu decided to ban the use of plastic straws, utensils and stirrers as a means of reducing their harmful effects on the environment.

Pacific Ocean | Science | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

Technology | Science | Environment

Betting On Artificial Intelligence To Guide Earthquake Response

A California tech firm believes that artificial intelligence can help communities prepare for, and respond to, quakes.

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It's the Hubble Space Telescope's Birthday. Enjoy Amazing Images Of The Lagoon Nebula

This month marks the Hubble Space Telescope's 28 years in space and as a gift to us earthlings, NASA and the European Space Agency issued photos of colorful, explosive beauty.

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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

After nearly going bankrupt, chef Tim Ma cut costs by cooking creatively with every last bit of ingredients. Some dishes born of frugality have become favorites at his acclaimed D.C. restaurant.

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Major Earthquake On Bay Area Fault Could Kill 800 People, USGS Predicts

The U.S. Geological Survey simulated a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward fault near Oakland, Calif., and found that such a quake could kill hundreds and cause more than $100 billion in damage.

Health | Science | Food

The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

Carolina Reapers are some of the hottest peppers in the world. So hot, in fact, that for one man, participating in a pepper-eating contestant resulted in a painful, serious "thunderclap headache."

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Philadelphians Drink Less Sugary Soda, More Water, After Tax

A new study suggests that residents of Philadelphia are 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily compared with people in cities that don't have a soda tax in place.

Animals | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Water

Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

For the first time, bottlenose dolphins have been sighted off the coast of British Columbia. And more might be coming.