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Can an Interstate Bug Highway Save the Monarch Butterflies?

The proposed “butterfly corridor” will stretch 1,500 miles to help protect one of the world’s most amazing migrating creatures.

Image by Tiago J. G. Fernandes via Wikimedia Commons

Every year, monarch butterflies take on an astounding multi-generational migration, traveling thousands of miles from Canada and the Northern United States to the South and Mexico. Like humans on a mission to colonize Mars, these brave little insects are undertaking a one-way journey; when they reach their destination they will lay eggs and die, leaving their offspring to complete the round trip without them.

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Lessons From the Brief, Lonesome Life of Echo the Wolf

A gray wolf walked to the Grand Canyon for the first time in 70 years, only to be shot by a hunter.

Photo from the Arrizona Game and Fish Department shows the wolf spotted on the Kaibab Plateau

Even true stories about wolves sound like fables.

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Surfing Robot Tells Scientists Where the Sharks Are

Stanford University marine biologists are using a surfing robot to track the migratory patterns of great white sharks.

Surfers may unwillingly be the first to know when a great white shark approaches the shore, but it's now the full-time job of a robotic surfer to keep tabs on these aquatic predators. Researchers at Stanford University have enlisted a Wave Glider robot in their efforts to track the migratory patterns of great white sharks off the California coast, near San Francisco. They're bringing that data into the non-scientist's pocket with a shark-tracking iPhone app to raise awareness for their work.

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