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World's Smallest Orchid Discovered

The world's smallest known orchid (pictured)—just over 2 millimeters (0.08 inch) across and nearly see-through—has been discovered nestled in the roots of another flower in Ecuador, scientists announced this week.
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New Spider Found in Giant Sand Dune

A new species of spider has been discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar in the southern Arava region of Israel, scientists from from the department of biology at the University of Haifa-Oranim said this week.
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Flooding In Western Afghanistan

aerial footage courtesy of the Afghan Air Force. These images use both visible and IR light to contrast water and land.
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Mutant Worms Spin Spider Silk

As strange as it sounds, scientists and businessmen alike have been trying to harvest the incredibly strong webbing of spiders for years.
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The Evolution of Snake Venom

"Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"—Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark
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8 Bioluminescent Sea Creatures

While a handful of land animals can create their own light, homemade luminescence is the rule rather than the exception in the open ocean's dark waters.
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Hawaii May Admit Defeat to Invasive Species

The beautiful yet isolated Hawaiian islands hold a bounty of biodiversity, but many of those unique species are rapidly disappearing.
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U.S. Finally Bans Shark Finning

The U.S. made an important conservation leap this week by banning the deadly practice of shark finning.
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Six Australian Birds Declared Extinct

Six Australian birds that have not been seen in decades have been declared extinct by a team of scientists assessing the health of the country's bird species.
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