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Where will the world’s next Zika, West Nile or Dengue virus come from?

Scientists have identified wildlife species that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. They created...

Where does the special scent of thyme and oregano come from?

Thyme and oregano are not only popular herbs for cooking, but also valuable medicinal plants. Their essential oils contain thymol and carvacrol which impart...

Gorillas, rhinos, lions and more will soon become extinct without immediate action

A report by 43 wildlife experts warns that without changes now, many of Earth's most iconic species will be lost forever. Link to full source:...

Extraordinary treefrog discovered in the Andes of Ecuador

A dazzling new species of treefrog was discovered at a remote tabletop mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. The new species has an extraordinary characteristic,...

Team succeeds in culturing the pygmy zebra octopus

Researchers report culturing methods for the pygmy zebra octopus, an emerging laboratory research organism.

Do you see a devil in this orchid?

Named for 'el diablo' himself, a new and extremely rare orchid species reveals a wicked heart. Link to full source: Do you see a devil...

Knowing how cells grow and divide can lead to more robust and productive plants

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Florida man arrested for stealing sea turtle eggs

He's given a whole new meaning to "poached eggs." Link to full source: Florida man arrested for stealing sea turtle eggs

British shoppers told to buy white eggs, not brown

The idea is that it will reduce animal suffering, but it's more complicated than that.

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