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Best of 2016 // #75: Climate change claims its first species

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An elusive rat-sized mouse made headlines in June, by becoming the first animal to become extinct at the hands of human-induced climate change. Only...

Best of 2016 // #76: The Ross Sea Protected Area

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An international commission announced a more than six years in the making historic deal at the end of October: the largest marine protected area...

Best of 2016 // #77: Ancient Monkey Teeth Change South American...

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In the latest development of the Panama Canal expansion, seven fossilized monkey teeth were discovered, pushing back the animals North American arrival by nearly...

Best of 2016 // #78: Greenland Sharks Can Live Over 500...

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Greenland Sharks are sluggish leviathans.  They churn through the cool Arctic waters at speeds of 1 mile per hour.  They also grow slowly, about...

Best of 2016 // #79: New Rules for Toxins

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Back in the 1970s, the United States Congress passed sweeping laws, aimed at cleaning up the air and water, protecting wildlife, and keeping toxins...

Best of 2016 // #80: The Darkest Galaxy

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Astronomers have found thousands of galaxies, across the universe, using a variety of means.  Two astronomers want to find more, dimmer galaxies in a...

Best of 2016 // #81: The first Spider

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This frightening looking fella is Idmonarachne brasieri.  It's less than half an inch long, and is the earliest example of a true spider.  It's roughly...

Best of 2016 // #82: Hope for Skin Grafts

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In April, researchers from Japan's RIKEN institute made a surprising announcement, and it may one day help skin graft recipients. /READ MORE// Mind-Controlled Prostheses Let Hands...

Best of 2016 // #83: CRISPR Edits Cells’ RNA

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Despite the hype and future for gene editing, it's a risky business full of ethical dilemmas.  Researchers from UC Berkeley and the University of...

Best of 2016 // #84: Bypassing Paralysis

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When he was 19 years old, Ian Burkhart broke his neck.  He was left quadriplegic; unable to move his upper body from the elbows...

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