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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Orphaned Otter Pup in Chicago Named Luna
Luna resting near a pool
December 12th, 2014
With a bump from J.K. Rowling, "Luna" was picked as the name for an orphaned sea otter pup being raised at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
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Reindeer Populations Are Disappearing Worldwide
December 17th, 2014
Worldwide reindeer populations are dropping, and researchers say new herding and preservation methods are needed.
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Why Birds Don't Have Teeth
bald eagle beak
December 12th, 2014
Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don't have teeth. But this wasn't always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Yes, Animals Have Feelings (Op-Ed)
A baby goat nuzzles his mom.
December 10th, 2014
Fish have feelings, birds get pessimistic and octopuses love to play.
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Bushfires Give Predators the Advantage
wildfires, wild fires, bushfires, predators, fauna
December 13th, 2014
Higher chances of predation are putting native fauna at risk.
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Olive Sunbirds, Wood Mice and the Race to Save African Wildlife (Gallery)
Gabon bird, biodiversity
December 12th, 2014
Cataloguing chimps, berries and other life in Africa, researchers race to protect biodiversity on a warming planet.
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For Sex-Changing Fish, Size Matters in Urchin Battle
Male sheephead fish
December 12th, 2014
A sex-changing California fish is growing bigger and gobbling up more sea urchins after a decade of protection, a new study finds.
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