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Orangutan mama makes a rain hat of leaves for baby and herself

On International Orangutan Day, we celebrate one of humankind’s closest relatives.

5 gorgeous places on public land to watch the eclipse

The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 80 places along the path of totality; consider one of these for your viewing pleasure.

White House ends ban on selling bottled water at National Parks

In the latest from a death of a thousand cuts, White House sides with bottled water lobbyists to encourage plastic pollution in parks.

Celebrate the eclipse with moon music

While the sun may be stealing the show, the solar eclipse would be nothing without Earth’s own heavenly satellite.

Photo: Long-eared owl looks caught in the act

Our surprised photo of the day comes from Calgary, Canada.

Why people shouldn’t take fish medicine

As an alternative to expensive antibiotics, people have taken to taking amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and other drugs meant for fish. Here’s why it’s a bad idea.

13 stellar things to know about the sun

While eclipse mania is reaching a fever pitch, here’s what to know about the star of the show.

Photo: Strawberry cod is ready for her close-up

With lips that all of Hollywood would envy, Trachypoma macracanthus is about as charming as a fish can be.

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A lesson in the rewards of secondhand shopping.

Photo: The caterpillar who thought it was a leaf

In which a caterpillar shows yet another fabulous display of mimicry.