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Agreed, Baby Pandas Are Cute. But Why?

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. As fans crowded around the exhibit, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub, we asked the question that perhaps needs no asking. Scientists offer some clues.

Artist's State-Shaped Steaks Explore Beef's Origins

Hoping people will think more about where their meat comes from, art graduate student Sarah Hallacher has visualized the U.S. beef industry with a series of steaks (actually, clay) sculpted into the shape of states and packaged in Styrofoam and shrink wrap.

Cat Tries To Help Inmates Bust Out Of Prison

Authorities at a Brazilian prison noticed a bulky cat wandering on prison grounds. They discovered the small black-and-white cat was hauling in saws, drills, a cell phone and charger — all taped to its body.
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National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly

We find out about the National Zoo's newest arrivals and learn about what visitors can expect from major new exhibits opening this year.


From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.

Apes Have Food, Will Share For A Social Payoff

Humans have a long tradition of sharing food with strangers, and it turns out bonobos do it, too. In fact, the bonobos in a recent experiment were more likely to offer fruit and nuts to a stranger than to a familiar ape. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're altruistic.

Bird Sighting Record Broken In Canada

Josh Vandermeulen, 22, is happy as a lark about the record he set for number of birds sited in Ontario, Canada. He drove thousands of miles to see 344 different bird species this year, six more than the previous record.