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  1. Science

    Cat Parasite Toxoplasma Now Infecting Pandas

    Insidious parasite Toxoplasma, famous for thriving in cat guts and causing psychotic behavior in its hosts, has claimed its first known panda victim. Toxoplasma transfers to humans too, but who wants to live in a world where all the adorable animals are dead?

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  2. Science

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Panda: Scientists Discover a Powerful Antibiotic in the Blood Stream of Pandas

    Never in a million years would we have guessed that panda bears, the very same creatures that tumble down slides and make us lose all sense of personal dignity over their irresistible cuteness, hold the very key to mankind's survival within their own bodies. It may sound like the trite plot of the next Kung Fu Panda flick -- we can only pray that doesn't actually happen -- but, we assure you friends, this is legitimate science. Dr. Xiuwen Yan of China's Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University discovered that pandas naturally produce a potent antibiotic in their bloodstream that can wipe out various forms of bacteria and fungi. Scientists are eager to analyze and fully understand this panda antibiotic, hoping that it will be instrumental in the fight against known superbugs of notorious resilience.

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  3. Science

    National Zoo’s Newborn Panda Mysteriously Dies, Depresses Everyone

    Pandas, much like babies, are a terrific source of cuteness. This is a known fact, but panda babies are the best of both adorable worlds. It was with a good deal of excitement that the Smithsonian National Zoo announced the birth of a new panda only a week ago. Unfortunately, sometimes things just don't work out. Yesterday, the panda cub was found dead in its enclosure. If today hadn't already depressed you enough, feel free to continue reading.

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  4. Weird

    Panda Poop is Used to Make What Could Be the World’s Most Expensive Tea

    Sichuan University professor An Shi has been awarded a patent for a tea that uses panda feces as fertilizer. Pandas only digest about 30 percent of the bamboo they eat, and bamboo, similar to green tea, contains a cancer preventative. So, considering about 70 percent of bamboo is left in the panda excrement used to fertilize the tea, the tea is supposed to provide cancer preventative effects. The tea, due to using excrement from a rare animal, could cost upwards of $69,000 per kilogram.

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  5. Weird

    15 Pictures of Pandas Playing in the Snow

    Because if you're in New York or thereabouts, let's face it: all you can think about today is the snow. And if you're somewhere else: Pandas! Some of them baby pandas. So: fifteen pictures of pandas in the snow:

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