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Every monkey cloned so far, plus two more from China

Every monkey cloned so far, plus two more from China

Cloned monkeys appeared in a report from China this week to add to the small list of similar creatures cloned throughout history. Humans continued to play god in a report that showed how Chinese researchers cloned two new primates, both created with the same process that created the most famous clone of all: Dolly the sheep. Today we've constructed a list - not a long list, but a list nonetheless - of all the monkeys cloned throughout history.

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There’s a new giant octopus in town

There’s a new giant octopus in town

You might have thought 2017 was all out of surprises, but here's one more: what we thought was just one giant octopus is actually two distinct species. The Giant Pacific Octopus, or GPO, had already set records as being the largest known example of octopus kind on the planet. Now, scientists have discovered that there's not one type, but two.

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Amazon’s first-ever hybrid bird confirmed

Amazon’s first-ever hybrid bird confirmed

After extensive research a team have revealed their discovery: the very first hybrid bird species ever found in the Amazon rainforest. This bird is known as the golden-crowned manakin, so called for its crown of yellow feathers. This bird was born of two other birds in the manakin clade - that is, group of creatures with a single common ancestor. This bird is tiny - the meaning of its Middle Dutch root word mannekijn is "little man."

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Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

Trump guts National Monuments; Patagonia, Wildlife Groups fight back

This week the folks at Patagonia clothing company have launched a largely web-based response to Trump's secret axing of National Monument land. The two National Monuments Trump reduced were Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, one each of these designated by Trumps 2 most recent Democratic predecessors. President Bill Clinton classified Grand Staircase-Escalante in 1996, and President Barack Obama designated Bears Ears a monument in 2016.

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Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

While Google is already well-known for its creative, unique office environments, and Apple has its cool new "spaceship campus," Microsoft has revealed that its employees can now enjoy a trio of giant treehouses. The treetop meeting spaces were built at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and are made to embrace the effects of nature on "creativity, focus, and happiness."

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This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

This Yellowstone study just cut our potential apocalypse timeline

An extinction level event had its likely arrival date changed thanks to a study performed in Yellowstone and reported this week. Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano under it that'll one day erupt and likely kill most life on Earth. Arizona State's Hannah Shamloo studied Yellowstone's Lava Creek Tuff over a period of weeks to discover a set of relatively shocking conclusions.

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U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

U.S. wildlife regions are getting louder and humans are to blame

When you think of quiet, you probably think of somewhere far away from the city: a dense national park, a wildlife preserve, or somewhere similar. While it's true that a weekend spent in a cabin in some remote place will likely be more peaceful than a night in a big city, it's unlikely you'll experience a true lack of human noise. This is becoming an increasingly concerning reality, and one that doesn't show any signs of reversing. A newly published study has found that humans have doubled the background noise volume in 63-percent of the nation's protected wildlife regions.

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Scientists find evidence of oldest life on Earth

Scientists find evidence of oldest life on Earth

A team of researchers in Canada have found what might be the oldest set of fossils in the history of the world. These fossils have been found inside a rock which has been dated at 3.7-billion years old. This set of life forms is rather unique in their age relative to that of the Earth's formation at 4.5-billion years ago.

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Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

A random robot rolling around the wild would be enough to spook anyone, human or animal, but it could also be a great way to catch intimate and candid moments from the animal kingdom. To get that benefit without the side effect of startling animals, PBS is using an unusual contraption as part of its “Spy In The Wild” series — a rolling pile of dung with a robotic camera nestled inside.

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Penny-size frog found in India

Penny-size frog found in India

A 12-millimeter-long frog has been found in India amongst a total of 7 new species reported by scientists. Four of the new species of frog can fit comfortably on a penny. All seven of the new frog species are part of a group that live only in the Western Ghats mountain range in western India. This group of animals are collectively called Night Frogs.

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Large amounts of toxic pollution found in deepest trenches

Large amounts of toxic pollution found in deepest trenches

It’s mankind’s dirty secret that its garbage eventually find their way to the open seas. Given the vastness and almost unimaginable depths of the world’s oceans, man might assume that some parts of the ocean remain safe from human indifference. Scientists are proving, however, that it is sadly not the case. By studying amphipods leaving at the world’s deepest trenches, scientists discovered worrying levels of “persistent organic pollutants” inside the crustaceans’ bodies. This means that our toxic waste has already reached places where man itself has barely set foot. To add insult to injury, these are pollutants that have been banned for decades already.

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Trump just halted a federal bid to save bumblebees

Trump just halted a federal bid to save bumblebees

The Trump administration's executive order on Federal Regulations has delayed the listing of the Rusty Patched Bumblebee as an endangered species in the United States. Because listing a bumblebee as an endangered species would extend federal protection to said bee, a federal regulation would be put in place. Because of Trump's January 20th executive order on federal regulations, a 60-day freeze was put in effect for all regulations published in the official register at the time of the order's signing.

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