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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Video: Baby Giant Armadillo Ready for Its Close-Up
19 February 2013 5:30 pm
No rattling toys required, but patience was a plus: Brazilian researchers have taken the first baby portrait of the rare and reclusive giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) of South America. A camera trap documented the 4-week-old armadillo late last year as it followed its mother to a new burrow in Brazil's Pantanal, one of the world's largest tropical wetlands. "It took 3 years of hard work to get these images," says Arnaud Desbiez, coordinator of the Pantanal Giant Armadillo Project, which tracks the largely nocturnal threatened species, each of which can weigh up to 50 kilograms. Scientists don't know much about the animal's sex life, project researchers say, but the photos support the idea that giant armadillos raise just one offspring at a time. Such information could help conservationists develop plans for protecting the species, which is threatened by habitat loss and other problems.
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