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A Mite Beats Record For Fastest Land Animal ... Sort Of

April 29, 2014
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Breakthrough Seen in Fighting Virus That Hits Bees

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CBC (June 23, 2012) — The aptly named Varroa destructor has been wreaking havoc on bee colonies around the world for several decades, but it's only now that scientists are coming to understand just why this mite's bite is so lethal.
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Cheetah Robot a Model of Speed and Efficiency

Cheetah Robot a Model of Speed and Efficiency

Reuters (May 21, 2013) — The cheetah is not only the world's fastest land animal, it is also one of the most energy efficient, expending only what it needs to survive. It's that efficiency that engineers at MIT are working to emulate in a robotic cheetah, already clocked as the second fast robot ever developed.
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Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 13, 2012) — American conservationist Kristine Tompkins and her husband Douglas have bought 263,000 hectares of land from Argentinian farmers in order to create a national park. But Chile's energy sector wants to produce hydroelectricity on the same land. A consortium plans to build five dams and flood large areas of land to produce hydroelectric power. Kris and Doug Tompkins are battling against Chilean politicians and ranchers. In the past 20 years, the couple has created a total of 11 nature preserves in South America for about 250 million dollars. Selfless commitment or checkbook tourism?
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RAW VIDEO: Acupuncture Helps Ailing Albino Alligator

RAW VIDEO: Acupuncture Helps Ailing Albino Alligator

AP (Aug. 28, 2013) — Bino's back was killing him. He was suffering from scoliosis. He couldn't move his legs, two of them anyway, and his tail just wouldn't swish. What's an albino alligator in that sort of health bind to do? Acupuncture, of course.
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