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The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers

The sad story of the last Tasmanian tigers The thylacine, more popularly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was an apex predator in Australia and Tasmania before its extinction in the early 20th century.Despite its superficial resemblance to a large dog, the thylacine was actually a marsupial, with no relation to canines — its doglike features emerged as it evolved to fill an ecological niche similar to wolves.

Scientists are now spotting whales from outer space using satellites

Scientists are now spotting whales from outer space using satellites A humpback whale may be a huge creature to the human eye, but they're still tough to spot from space.Drones are one technology now commonly used in whale research, but they're not always able to deliver the scale a satellite can.

Heroic dog 'Oddball' dies after a long life, protecting tiny penguins

Heroic dog 'Oddball' dies after a long life, protecting tiny penguins Last week, a dog died.Not just any dog.

Facial-recognition software may help save Earth’s most endangered mammals

Facial-recognition software may help save Earth’s most endangered mammals In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the Madagascar natives as the most endangered mammals on the planet.But a team of researchers have developed a system called LemurFaceID, which uses facial-recognition software to spot lemurs in their natural habitat.

Here's 5 species to celebrate on International Polar Bear Day

Here's 5 species to celebrate on International Polar Bear Day Polar bears have become the poster child for all the horrible things we're doing to the planet.On Monday, conservationists will celebrate International Polar Bear Day to highlight the small but important steps people can take to help preserve the bears' homes — namely by cutting greenhouse gas emissions to slow the pace of global warming.

Elephants only sleep 2 hours a day in the wild, wearables study finds

Elephants only sleep 2 hours a day in the wild, wearables study finds Try two hours a day for African elephants in the wild, a new study found.They outfitted each matriarch with an "actiwatch" — like a Fitbit for elephant trunks — and a collar with a gyroscope to monitor the elephants' sleep times and sleeping positions.

Antarctica has way more penguins than scientists thought, which is great, because penguins

Antarctica has way more penguins than scientists thought, which is great, because penguins Millions more Adélie penguins may be marching across Antarctica than earlier counts suggested.Nearly six million of the tuxedoed penguins may live in East Antarctica, more than double the previous count of 2.

India's Silicon Valley gets a seriously impressive vertical garden

India's Silicon Valley gets a seriously impressive vertical garden After China last month, India's Silicon Valley, Bangalore, now has a vertical garden.Local NGO SayTrees has set up the city's first organic garden on one of the pillars of a popular flyover.

It's time to start thinking about cybersecurity for sharks. Yes, the fish.

It's time to start thinking about cybersecurity for sharks. Yes, the fish. Advanced Telemetry Systems (ATS) in Minnesota is one of several global companies that makes animal tracking tags.Still, Allen said the hacking of animal tracking data was not something his team was too concerned about.

These rivers have just received the same rights as humans

These rivers have just received the same rights as humans After New Zealand granted Whanganui River the status of a human being, India's done it for two of its oldest, longest and most iconic rivers: Ganga and Yamuna.They have provided both physical and spiritual sustenance to all of us from time immemorial," the ruling said.

The West Indian manatee makes it out of the endangered zone

The West Indian manatee makes it out of the endangered zone The West Indian manatee is far less in danger of extinction, thanks to conservation efforts.department of the interior announced on Thursday the downlisting of the manatee from "endangered" to "threatened," following work by Caribbean countries, Florida, and states along the East Coast.

Yosemite launches online bear tracker

Yosemite launches online bear tracker Yosemite National Park is home to hundreds of black bears and the park is hoping to keep the creatures wild and away from humans and their food.That's the thinking behind the California park's new site, KeepBearsWild.

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good When it comes to alleviating some of the world's most pressing problems, perhaps we should look to the skies.The word "drone" might inspire images of counterterrorism strikes and the future of package delivery.

Tinder wants you to swipe right on this rhino to help save his species

Tinder wants you to swipe right on this rhino to help save his species The platform hopes to save Sudan's species from extinction.Southern white rhinos aren't endangered, but they are a different subspecies from northern white rhinos.