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Duke University researchers have created living muscle tissue that can heal itself in an animal just like natural tissue would, raising hopes that further research will potentially lead to self-healing muscles for human injuries. They discovered that the test skeletal muscle developed at the Durham, North Carolina school was able to integrate into lab mice quickly, and then heal itself once inside the animal. They discovered that it was more than 10 times stronger than any previously engineered muscles by shocking it with electric pulses. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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German researchers at Festo have unveiled a new robotic kangaroo that mimics the movements of its real-life counterpart. It's officially called the "BionicKangaroo", and is capable of making stabilized jumps via a gesture-based remote control. That's not all, this kangaroo also replicates the animal's natural ability of storing energy between jumps. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Okunoshima, also known as bunny island, is a small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan in the city of Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture. It's only accessible by ferry from Tadanoumi and Omishima. You'll find campsites, walking trails and places of historical interest on the island. All of the rabbits you see are rather tame and will approach humans in a friendly way. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Metal Cats isn't just a passing fad, but rather the latest internet in which musician Alexandra Crockett combines two amazing subjects: the extreme personalities of the hardcore metal music scene and their adorable kitties. According to the product page, "the idea for the book formed around giving accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of some hair-raising crosswind landings.

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Mark, a former park ranger, discovered the massive weta, which has a wing span of seven inches, on a tree. This was the result of two days of searching on a tiny island called Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand. The species were wiped off the mainland by rats accidentally introduced by Europeans. After feeding it a carrot, Mark put it back exactly where he found her. Continue reading for more.

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Finally, it's Friday (for some of us), and by now, everyone could use a breather before the weekend begins. So, rather than have you browse aimlessly online for adorable / cute / funny animal pictures, we bring you a set of them based around stuffed toys. Starting off, we have a mouse that appears to be sleeping comfortably with a tiny teddy bear. Continue reading for more.

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Quetzalcoatlus - name comes from the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god Quetzalco - was a pterodactyloid pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America, and one of the largest known flying animals ever. It was a member of the Azhdarchidae, a family of advanced toothless pterosaurs with unusually long, stiffened necks. Continue reading for more.

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You may have seen images of otters holding hands floating around the internet for some time now, but have you ever wondered why? If so, here's the explanation: They like to float in groups called 'rafts' while eating, sleeping, or relaxing. While rafting they will hold hands with each other to keep the group from floating apart. Continue reading for more fun and geeky animal facts that will brighten your day.

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Playing fetch with your dog isn't always possible, either due to time constraints or just not having enough room at home. The iFetch aims to change that. This gadget is basically an automatic ball launcher that works by dropping a miniature tennis ball in the bowl up top, causing it to power on and launch it. Once fired, the device turns off to conserve energy, but starts up again when a ball is dropped by dog or person. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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What could be more adorable than a golden retriever puppy napping? A golden retriever puppy napping with a stuffed animal of course. On a related note, did you know that the first commercial concern to create stuffed toys was the German Steiff company in 1880? That's right, Steiff used new technology developed for upholstery to make their stuffed toys. Continue reading for more pictures.

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