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Newly-discovered crayfish has a shell that looks like outer space

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 21 May 2015

As it turns out, we don’t need high-powered telescopes to see far into outer space. All we actually need are diving gear! In Indonesia, a recently-discovered species of crayfish is turning heads for having a shell that looks like a cosmic nebula – or one of those EDM album covers.

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Pet rat and dog are the cutest best friends you’ll see on Instagram

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 12 May 2015

Normally, we’d be screaming ‘eeek’ upon seeing a rat, but in this case, we’re saying ‘awww’ instead. On Instagram, a 3-year-old therapy dog and a 3-month-old rat are showing the world that friendship comes in different shapes and sizes.

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Concerned kitten: a cat born with eyebrows that always look worried

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Move over, Grumpy Cat. Meet Gary, he’s an eight-week-old cat who was born with two peculiar eyebrow markings that make him look like he’s always worried, earning him the nickname Concerned Kitten. Living in Manchester with his humans Andy and Caroline Entwistle, Gary was named after ‘Take That’ star Gary Barlow, who’s known for raising his eyebrows whenever he’s singing. As for the internet-friendly nickname?

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Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupts with such fury, it’ll take your breath away

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Mother Nature doesn’t get any better than this. For the first time in over 42 years, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted on April 22, bringing on an extraordinary display of smoke, ash and lightning.

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Walnut the crane is crushing on her zookeeper, and has totally bred with him (SFW)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 24 April 2015

There are an estimated 5000 white-naped cranes left in the world, so when Walnut the crane violently refused to mate with the males selected for her – she actually killed them both – her zookeeper, Chris Crowe, decided to step up and be a man.

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Newly-discovered frog in Costa Rica is the real-life version of Kermit

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Bonus points if that frog can talk and drink tea. In the jungles of Costa Rica, scientists have discovered a species of glass frog that looks like Kermit the Frog. The new species, called ‘Hyalinobatrachium dianae’, was able to evade the watchful eyes of science for many years due to its remote location and misleading insect-like sound, ‘a single, tonal long metallic whistle-like note’.

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Visit this amazing floating home and learn a thing or two about self-sufficiency

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Wednesday 22 April 2015

Wayne Adams and Catherine King are the proud owners and operators of Freedom Cove, an amazing home that floats on 12 platforms filled with living spaces and greenhouses, all interconnected via a wooden pathway. It’s located in Canada, about half an hour by boat off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.

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The last northern white rhino male is under 24-hour guard for protection from poachers

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 20 April 2015

Sad but true: the world’s only surviving male northern white rhino is under 24-hour armed guard. It’s to save the rhino from poachers who can collect up to AU$90,000 per kilo in ivory as demand grows around the world.

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The loneliest whale in the world will hit you right in the feels

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Tuesday 14 April 2015

The loneliest whale in the world has no family, no friends and no lover. And it’s sad as to why. You see, most whales communicate between 12 and 25hz. This whale? She sings at 52hz. Singing at that frequency means no other whales can hear her.

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Sydney family rescues abandoned magpie, now she always comes back to hang around with them

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 14 April 2015

On one windy day, a three-week-old magpie fell out of her nest and was left to die by the side of the road. Fortunately, she’d soon find a new home, albeit much different from hers – the home of her rescuers, the Bloom family from Newport, Sydney.

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Rambo the octopus has been trained to take photos of visitors at the aquarium

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 3 April 2015

We’ve shown you how smart octopuses are in the past. But this is just insane! Sony recently partnered with the Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand to teach an octopus named Rambo how to take photos of visitors from inside her tank.

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What happens to your brain during an orgasm? This!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco, Video on Friday 3 April 2015

If you’ve always wondered what happens to your brain during an orgasm, science has come to the rescue to inform you. In this video from ASAPScience, we’re treated to a very simplified version of what’s going on in your brain while you’re enjoying yourself in the bedroom.

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A badly injured squirrel gets adopted by a human family in Finland and lives with them for six years

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 2 April 2015

Redditor Priami has quite a tale to tell strangers online. Back in 2007 his grandmother found a squirrel. She thought it was dead at first but when it showed signs of life, she handed it over to Priami to take care of.

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Artist patiently arranges ferns to create mini illustrations of animals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art, New Eco on Thursday 2 April 2015

East Sussex, England-based artist Helen Ahpornsiri uses a medium that’s very organic: ferns. Using ferns of all shapes and sizes, she carefully and patiently arranges them to form illustrations of dragonflies, seahorses, pheasants, and other animals.

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Rare ‘Magic Rabbit’ from China spotted for the first time in 20 years

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 31 March 2015

Apparently, you don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to see Ewoks. In the Tian Shan Mountains of China, researchers have spotted the elusive Ili Pika, an adorable creature which hasn’t been seen in two decades. Discovered back in 1983 by conservationist Li Weidong, he named the rare mammal after his hometown, and not after Pikachu.

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