Do Weddell Seals Have Mammal 'GPS'? (Gallery)
A Weddell seal sports a video data recorder that scientists use to create a three-dimensional map of its movement in the water as it hunts for prey. Researchers hope to learn more about their hunting behavior during late-winter darkness and how the seals
December 22nd, 2014
Weddell seals have an amazing ability to dive deep and swim far for food, but how do they find their way back?
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Seals May Have 'Natural GPS'
Weddell seal
December 21st, 2014
Are seals using the Earth's magnetism to orient themselves under the ice?
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Chimp 'Personhood' Advocates Seek New Appeal in NY
December 18th, 2014
Animal-rights advocates seeking "personhood" for chimpanzees want to take their case to the highest court in New York State.
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Hands and Fins Share Common Genetic Origin
transgenic mouse
December 22nd, 2014
Scientists have long wanted to know whether modern hands are related to the fins of fish, and now a new study finally reveals these structures are, indeed, related.
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How Wise is the Woolly Bear Caterpillar's Wintry Weather Prediction?
Woolly bear caterpillar
December 20th, 2014
Long before satellites and weather models, people looked to nature for clues to predict the upcoming harshness of the coldest, darkest days of the year.
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Images: Carnivores of Europe
European Wolf Pups
December 18th, 2014
The large carnivores of Europe — such as bears, wolves, lynx and wolverines — are experiencing a resurgence, even in nonprotected areas.
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10 Cutest Animals in Science in 2014
Robot penguin with emperor penguins.
December 17th, 2014
Even the editors of serious scientific journals are not immune to the charms of sleepy koalas and penguins playing with robots. The video team at Nature picked their top 10 favorite science stories involving cute animals (and some bots) of this year.
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Adorable Animal Holiday Stories That Will Make You Jolly
A bird eats out of a red bucket.
December 21st, 2014
'Tis the season to be jolly, and what could be more jolly than amusing animal stories? Here are some of our favorite holiday critters.
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Fool's Gold Preserves Some of Earth's Oldest Fossils
Tubelike Fossils
December 18th, 2014
Fool's gold helps preserve the bodies of some of the world's oldest animals. Sulfur-eating bacteria in the ocean helped the process of fossilization along.
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