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Can wooly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?

Folklore has it that the mildness/harshness of an upcoming winter can be predicted by the width of the brown stripe on a wooly bear caterpillars back. One scientist set out to see the validity in...

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According to author Naomi Klein, our current scientific economic model is waging war against life on earth and constitutes the most profound threat humanity has ever faced.

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Ruined Yellowstone hot spring colors revived by computer

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Newly discovered Stonehenge site could rewrite British

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Yes thats a vegetarian meat-eating plant

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Persian leopards find refuge in land mines

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Scientists identify two different types of blue whales

At almost 100 feet in length, blue whales are believed to be the largest animals that ever existed, bigger even than any known dinosaur. And yet, scientists now tell us, there is room in the southeastern Pacific Ocean for two different kinds of blue whales, with two distinct populations living in the waters of the region.

New platypus-like dinosaur discovered in China

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Where is all the plastic sea trash hiding

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Tracking mountain lions in San Francisco

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Study finds kids films more traumatic than adult films

And by "adult" we mean "grownup." Not porn.

Scientist freaks out over rare Greenland shark caught on

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.
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