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  • Lion named Mufasa has face and paws hacked off as four other big cats found poisoned in wildlife reserve

    October 4, 2018 7:31 PM 81

    Five lions were found brutally murdered at a wildlife reserve including one named Mufasa whose face and paws had been hacked off. Poachers broke into Akwaaba Predator Park in Limpopo, South Africa, and began mutilating the male lion named after the character in Disney's The Lion King. But they were disturbed by staff and fled the scene on Monday night

  • Capsule Carrying 3 Space Station Crew Members Lands Safely on Earth

    October 4, 2018 1:26 PM 76

    (MOSCOW) — A Russian space capsule with three men onboard has safely landed in a barren steppe in Kazakhstan after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-08 carrying Russia’s Oleg Artemyev and NASA’s Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold touched down at 5.44 p.m. Kazakh time (1144 GMT). The two Americans performed three space

  • Dog or mountain lion? Mystery creature that crashed reporter's live shot ID'd after heated debate

    October 3, 2018 6:46 PM 71

    A ‘mystery animal’ walked through a KUTV 2News live shot causing people to question what the animal could be. A live shot for a local news station in Utah included a special cameo from a mysterious furry creature that led to a spirited online debate: Was it a mountain lion, dog or some other wild animal? KUTV's Morgan Saxton shared footage of the random

  • Atom smasher detects hints of new unstable particle

    October 3, 2018 2:00 PM 70

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest atom smasher, just discovered at least two previously unknown particles. Each type of baryon has a different mix of quarks. Protons, for example, are baryons and consist of two up quarks and one down quark apiece, according to the statement. The two newly discovered particles are classified as bottom

  • Indianapolis Zoo to add black mamba, world’s deadliest snake, to exhibit

    October 2, 2018 4:20 PM 197

    An Indiana zoo will soon welcome a lethal addition to its animal kingdom: A black mamba snake. The Indianapolis Zoo is adding the black mamba, which is typically found in southern and eastern Africa, in May 2019. The serpent will join the zoo’s Deserts Dome exhibit, which will feature the black mamba and other exotic snakes, the Associated Press reported

  • Nobel Prize in Physics Goes To U.S., Canadian and French Scientists for Laser Breakthrough

    October 2, 2018 10:43 AM 74

    Three scientists from the United States, France and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics. The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded half the 9-million-kronor ($1.01 million) prize to Arthur Ashkin of the United States and the other half will be shared by Gerard Mourou of France and Canada’s

  • Elderly, 'feisty' white-cheeked Gibbon dies at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

    September 30, 2018 3:47 PM 209

    Muneca, a 51-year-old white-cheeked gibbon, was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian National Zoo last week (Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo) Workers and animal lovers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Muneca, a white-cheeked gibbon who was euthanized on Friday. The beloved primate was 51 years old, and suffering

  • Volcano spews ash on Mexico City

    September 30, 2018 2:51 PM 152

    This March 25, 2015 file photo shows a plume of ash and steam rising from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano, seen from the town of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico. (AP) Ash spewing from the Popocatepetl volcano has reached the southern neighborhoods of Mexico's capital. The National Center for Disaster Prevention warned Mexicans on Saturday to stay away from the volcano

  • Deaths of 'zombie' raccoons continue in Central Park

    September 30, 2018 1:00 PM 100

    At least 176 Central Park raccoons have now perished in an outbreak of a virus that causes them to act like “zombies” – and three more from Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx were recently infected. The critters are believed to have had the canine distemper virus, a fatal illness that can’t affect humans but may spread to unvaccinated dogs, officials said. Any sick raccoons

  • North Carolina man chops copperhead snake into 'a dozen pieces' after it bites family dog

    September 25, 2018 5:04 PM 139

    Brian Lewis felt a sense of panic when his dog's loud barks in the backyard "suddenly stopped" last week. He rushed outside to discover his pup, Winnie, had been injured. Lewis of Cary, North Carolina said he was working from home last Tuesday when the terrifying incident occurred. “I heard her and my other dog barking in the backyard and they were unusually