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Exotic animals from Italy's underworld get second chance
In ancient Rome, they would have been pitted against gladiators or served up at banquets.
 
Climate change appears to have driven to extinction an Australian Great Barrier Reef rodent, according to a new study, which suggests the species may be the first mammal lost to the global phenomenon.
 
From the belly of the beast
A man pulls baby sharks from the womb of a dead shark in Changbin Township in Taitung, Tuesday, June 14. The Fisheries Research Institute said that 37 babies were removed from the pregnant tiger shark, which was found dead in a fisherman's net, according to the Central News Agency. Officials said the babies would be reared and then released into the wild.
 
Entrepreneur finds potential in 'miracle trees'
Mavis Mathabatha is an entrepreneur with big plans, plans which will always be informed by the spirit of philanthropy.
 
This year's monstrous El Nino, nicknamed Godzilla by NASA, is dead. It heated up the globe, but didn't quite end California's four-year drought.
 
The Taipei City Government said Friday that in order to help reduce air pollution and cut carbon emissions, any further purchases or leasing of motorcycles to be used for public affairs will be restricted solely to electricity-powered machines.
 
NASA takes 7,000-meter view above the world's coral reefs
Coral reefs have almost always been studied up close, by scientists in the water looking at small portions of larger reefs to gather data and knowledge about the larger ecosystems. But NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is taking a step back and getting a wider view, from about 7,000 meters above.
 
Injured dolphin dies
A woman pats a dolphin injured by a harpoon while others look on in Hualien on Thursday, June 9. The dolphin was found by visitors onboard a whale-watching boat off Hualien on Thursday morning. It died from its wounds later.
 
Experts assess Poland's threatened pristine forest
Poland's Environment Ministry says that global forestry experts are checking the condition of the ancient Bialowieza Forest where the ministry has begun extensive logging to stop the spread of a harmful beetle.
 
Deforestation cuts a hairy future for Australia's beloved koala
A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as Sherwood Robyn, a 12-year-old koala, was brought into a small examination room at Australia's first hospital for the furry marsupials.
 
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