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WATCH: Bear caught on camera wandering through East Naples yard

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– Bear-y shocking video! An East Naples resident captured a bear wandering through his front yard on his Ring security camera. The bear moseyed on through around 3:43 AM on Sunday. The animal doesn’t seem to be up to any mischief and can be seen roaming out of frame. The post WATCH: Bear caught on camera wandering through East Naples yard appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Pet microchip initiative aims to cut down on invasive iguana species in Florida

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The state of Florida is hoping that a new chipping plan will help them cut back on invasive species. Chipping a pet can help reunite pets with their owners when they get lost, but now could help determine whether an animal is a pet or a pest. John Paeno of Bonita Springs has a pet green iguana that he found when he was a baby. “I reached out an a grabbed it, and brought it, up and said it’s a little baby iguana!” Paeno said. That was months ago when FWC was considering adding them and Tegus to the state’s prohibited species list...

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VIDEO: Gator strolls through North Fort Myers Publix parking lot

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. – An alligator was caught on a camera crossing a Publix parking lot in North Fort Myers. The gator was seen early Friday morning by Luke Vidal who captured the stroll on video at the Publix store at N Tamiami Trail and Del Prado Blvd. WATCH HERE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said if a gator is spotted to keep a safe distance and never feed or entice an alligator. A nuisance alligator believed to be a threat to people, pets, or property can be reported to the FWC Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program (SNAP) at 1-866-FWC-GATOR. Click...

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NASA to attempt first Mars helicopter flight Monday morning

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could take flight for the first time on Monday, April 19. The flight will be autonomous and was scheduled to begin around 3:30 a.m. Information from the flight will return to earth a few hours after it is completed. A livestream of the flight information will begin at 6:15 a.m. CLICK HERE to watch. If you have any questions for NASA officials during the livestream, you can use the hashtag #MarsHelicopter on social media. The helicopter was scheduled to take its first flight on April 11, but engineers found a command sequence issue that needed to be fixed. The...

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Otters test positive for COVID-19 at Georgia Aquarium

ATLANTA, Ga. – Multiple otters tested positive for COVID-19 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta after showing symptoms, the aquarium reported Sunday. Officials said the otters started showing mild respiratory symptoms like sneezing, runny noses, coughing, and tiredness. Aquarium staff did not specify the number of otters infected but said they are older Asian small-clawed otters that do not make direct contact with the public. “Our Asian small-clawed otters are under very close monitoring by veterinarians and animal care team members. They have displayed only mild symptoms and we expect...

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SpaceX secures $2.89 billion NASA contract for lunar spacecraft

SpaceX secured a $2.89 billion NASA contract to build spacecraft that will land astronauts on the moon for the first time in five decades. The fixed-price contract is a major vote of confidence for Elon Musk’s rocket company, as the space agency is placing a large amount of responsibility for its cornerstone human spaceflight program, known as Artemis, on SpaceX. Friday’s announcement is a blow to Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Jeff Bezos, which had proposed working as a “National Team” alongside corporate behemoths such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin...

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This paint color could cut the need for air conditioning

CNN — Scientists have developed a paint color that reflects light and could negate the need for air conditioning and even reduce carbon emissions, if used on a mass scale. The paint, developed by engineers at Purdue University, is capable of reflecting up to 98.1% of sunlight and therefore has the ability to cool buildings, according to a press release. Unlike traditional paint, the “ultra-white” paint is made with a chemical compound called barium sulfate, which is also used in the production of cosmetics and photo paper. Barium sulfate particles are made up of varying sizes,...

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Crab Nebula responsible for giant radio pulses & X-ray surges

CNN — The hauntingly spectacular Crab Nebula, nearly 6,000 light-years away, is releasing an incredible amount of energy. (One light year is six trillion miles.) The nebula is six light-years wide, and it’s a growing cloud of debris formed from a supernova explosion, which is what happens when a star blows up. The light produced by the supernova first reached Earth in July 1054 and was witnessed by astronomers in Japan and China. When the star exploded, it formed a neutron star, which is the dense core of a star that is about the size of a city like Chicago. This started to spin...

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New spider species first discovered in Florida

MIAMI, Fla. – Zookeepers at the Miami zoo helped scientist discover a new spider species now called The Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider. The new species was first found by a zookeeper in 2012 while checking reptile traps, Zoo Miami officials said. Courtesy: Zoo Miami The zookeeper shared pictures of the arachnid with the Zoo’s Conservation and Research Department to try and ID the spider but no existing records or matches came up for the species. Two years later another Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider  (Ummidia richmond) was sent to be examined and experts confirmed the species was...

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