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Guests At South African Lodge Get A Surprise Visit From A Leopard

Guests At South African Lodge Get A Surprise Visit From A Leopard

Visitors enjoying a quiet breakfast at the Singita Ebony Lodge, a luxury hotel in South Africa's Sabi Sand Game Reserve, were treated to a rare encounter with a leopard in early September 2020. The handful of guests watched in awe —and a little trepidation — as the majestic animal, who appeared to be searching for a tasty morsel, calmly explored the various areas of the restaurant. Fortunately for the humans, nothing on the "menu" seemed to catch the leopard's fancy, and it left as abruptly as it had arrived.

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Andean Condors Can Stay Aloft For Hours Without Flapping Wings

Andean Condors Can Stay Aloft For Hours Without Flapping Wings

Andean Condors, which weigh between 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 13 kilograms) and boast a wingspan of more than 10 feet, are one of the world's heaviest and largest flying birds. Yet the majestic vultures, which spend their days circling the Andes mountains and nearby Pacific coasts of western South America in search of carcasses, manage to stay afloat for hours.

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Mysterious Fossil Found In Antarctica Is A Giant Reptile Egg

Mysterious Fossil Found In Antarctica Is A Giant Reptile Egg

Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have finally solved the mystery of a massive fossil that has been sitting unlabeled and unidentified at a Chilean museum for almost a decade. The relic, which resembles a deflated football, is the largest-known soft-shelled egg from a marine reptile that inhabited Earth over 66 million years ago — about the time of the mass animal extinction event. Measuring more than 11 by 7 inches it is also the second-largest egg belonging to any known animal, behind only the now-extinct elephant bird.

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National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021, U.S. Edition (National Geographic Almanacs)

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021, U.S. Edition (National Geographic Almanacs)

By National Geographic Kids

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Amazing animals! Intrepid explorers! Cool inventions! The Nat Geo Kids Almanac 2021 is a great resource for teachers and curious kids (ages 8-12) who want to learn more about their world--- featuring 350+ pages of photos, facts, stories, trends for the future, homework help, puzzles, quizzes, and activities. The quality nonfiction content covers key curriculum-friendly subject areas, including animals, nature, conservation, exploration, science, space, technology, history, and culture. Practical reference material, including maps and facts about every country has been fully updated.
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Smithsonian's National Zoo Welcomes A New Giant Panda Cub

Smithsonian's National Zoo Welcomes A New Giant Panda Cub

Bei Bei's 2019 departure from the Smithsonian's National Zoo, to join the giant panda breeding program in China's Wolong Nature Reserve, left a big void for fans. What made the loss of the adorable cub even more poignant was the belief that his mother, Mei Xiang, was too old to have more offspring. However, on August 21, 2020, the 22-year-old proved experts wrong by giving birth to a healthy cub.

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The Humble Chocolate Chip Reimagined

The Humble Chocolate Chip Reimagined

To the novice baker, the classic teardrop-shaped baking chip, created by Nestle in 1941, may appear like the perfect mechanism to introduce specks of chocolate to cookies and other treats. However, experts assert that the chip's dense bottom, which blocks the oven heat to retain some shape, prevents the consumer from fully experiencing the luxurious feel and taste of the melted chocolate. Now, Tesla engineer Remy Labesque has rectified the decades-old design flaw with a stylish, pyramid-shaped version that purportedly melts in your mouth, instead of sticking to the teeth like traditional chocolate chips.

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Wild Weather Week In The USA Brings Powerful Derecho And Rare Fire Tornado

Wild Weather Week In The USA Brings Powerful Derecho And Rare Fire Tornado

North America's relatively calm summer weather ended last week when a powerful derecho swept across the Midwest — from South Dakota to Ohio — on August 10, 2020, and a rare firenado struck Northern California on August 15, 2020. If you are like most people, you have probably never heard of either of the rare natural phenomena. Here is a brief explanation of the incredible extreme weather events.

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The First-Ever Image Of Multiple Planets Orbiting a Sun-Like Star Unveiled

The First-Ever Image Of Multiple Planets Orbiting a Sun-Like Star Unveiled

While astronomers have discovered evidence of thousands of exoplanets, obtaining direct images of the distant worlds has always been a challenge. That's because the planets tend to huddle close to the star they orbit and often get concealed by their star's dazzling light. Of the handful of images captured, most are of a single planet orbiting a Sun-like star. The only two multi-planet systems photographed feature brown dwarfs, or "failed stars," which are radically different in nature from the Sun. Now, an international team of scientists may have finally captured a young, Sun-like star with two giant Jupiter and Saturn-like planets in orbit.

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San Francisco Zoo's Adorable Baby Penguins Graduate From "Fish School"

San Francisco Zoo's Adorable Baby Penguins Graduate From "Fish School"

The San Francisco Zoo's annual "March of the Penguins," to celebrate the graduation of their Magellanic penguin chicks from "fish school," is usually attended by hundreds of cheering fans. Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions forced this year's ceremony, held on August 8, 2020, to be limited to a handful of lucky guests and officials. However, the lack of fanfare did not appear to bother the six adorable graduates proudly waddling over to their permanent home on Penguin Island.

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