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Vampire Trees
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Ultra-rare albino redwood trees completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll, which they need to live (by photosynthesizing nutrients from light). These plants are literallyvampires. They are pale (everwhite instead of evergreen), and they survive by sucking the life from other trees.
Rare Dinosaur Found in Canada's Oil Sands
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The Canadian oil sands, a vast expanse of tar and sand being mined for crude oil, yielded treasure of another kind this week when an oil company worker unearthed a 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossil that wasn't supposed to be there.
U.S. Declares Eastern Cougar Extinct
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The eastern cougar, a large and elusive tawny wild cat that once prowled over wilderness in 21 states, is now extinct, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Wednesday.
Giant Crayfish Found in Tennessee
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A new species of giant crayfish literally crawled out from under a rock in Tennessee, proving that large new species of animals can be found in highly populated and well-explored places, researchers said on Wednesday.
Mass Bird Deaths Reported
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Birds falling out of the sky in the United States and Sweden are freak examples of the kind of mass animal deaths, from beached whales to deluges of frogs, that have unusual but not apocalyptic causes, experts say.
Researchers Find Alarming Decline in Bumblebees
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Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, researchers reported on Monday in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide.
Lionfish Invasion? Just Eat Them!
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Florida marine conservationists have come up with a simple recipe for fighting the invading lionfish that is gobbling up local reef life -- eat them.
Africa Has Two Species of Elephants, Not One
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Instead of one species of elephant, Africa has two, researchers said on Tuesday, confirming suspicions about the two distinctly different looking pachyderms.
Arsenic-Munching Germ Discovered
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A strange, salty lake in California has yielded an equally strange bacterium that thrives on arsenic and redefines life as we know it, researchers reported on Thursday.
China, Russia Vow To Save Tiger
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The leaders of Russia and China have pledged to work to double the dwindling wild tiger population by 2022.