How Whales Could Disrupt Fishing in Alaska
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For six years, Alaska-based marine biologist Ellen Chenoweth has been watching humpback whales do something very peculiar. The giant ocean mammals usually feed in deep water. But some of them have learned that moving in close to shore can get them an easy meal. A handful of humpbacks have been feeding at Southeast Alaska’s salmon hatcheries,

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The Secret Recipe for ‘The Great British Baking Show’
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If you watched “The Great British Baking Show” the same way I did, by which I mean mainlining three seasons over the course of a month in the dead of winter, then you probably also started to catch on to some of the series’ finer points. During my latest “GBBS” binge, my roommate and I

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What Janet the Zebra Taught Scientists About Migration
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It might seem to us laypeople that scientists have discovered everything there is to know about the natural world. It is the 21st century, after all. Are there any surprises remaining anywhere? But in 2012, biologists made an incredible new discovery, one that changed the way animal scientists think about migration on the African continent. (In

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One Photographer’s Quest to Document Endangered Animals
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You might not know it, but our world is in a period of mass extinction not seen since dinosaurs stopped roaming the Earth 66 million years ago. A recent Stanford University study suggests that creatures large and small are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate, a phenomenon the study authors call “a massive erosion

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Why Young Adults Are Traveling from the U.S. to Cuba
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Once considered a tropical playground for people living in the United States, Cuba became somewhat of a mystery after its revolution in the 1950s. A Spanish major in college, I’ve visited my share of Spanish-speaking countries and have always been intrigued by Cuba and enticed by its history. Despite being a mere 90 miles from Florida and

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YouTube Star Princess Shaw: ‘My Soul Writes the Song’
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When Princess Shaw was 13, she wrote her first song. Except, back then, she wasn’t Princess Shaw. She was just Samantha. New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Samantha Montgomery has been through more in her life than a lot of us can imagine. She speaks openly about her experiences with childhood sexual abuse. But her unwavering resilience has

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How Young People in Syria Fought Violence with a Camera
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They’re a group of young friends who drive around listening to the radio, go to the beach and hang out chatting and smoking cigarettes. If you were to come upon them during these leisurely moments, you might think they live completely normal lives. But something unspeakably huge separates them from your average 20-somethings. Most of their time is

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One Syrian Teenager’s Story of Making a Home in the United States
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According to the UN Refugee Agency, more than 5 million people have fled Syria since 2011. By the end of 2016, only 18,000 of those refugees were resettled in the United States. Dalya Zeno, now 18 years old, and her mother, Rudayna, are two of that number. They left Aleppo, Syria, in 2012 to escape the

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Traveling China: 5 Must-See Locations Along the Silk Road
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What country invented paper, gunpowder, alcohol, noodles and the compass? If you guessed China, give yourself a pat on the back. The U.S. is quite interconnected with this incredibly storied and historic nation, yet how many of us have actually traveled there? With its ancient cities, musical mountains and caves full of art, this country should

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What a ‘Great Yellowstone Thaw’ Means for Grizzlies
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“Don’t wake the baby”—the constant refrain for new parents. One overly loud laugh or ring of the doorbell and nap time is over, just that quickly. Turns out sleep can be just as touchy in the animal kingdom. Towering, meaty giants compared to human babies, grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas have also been

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