Look out charismatic megafauna, there are some new cuties in town. Biologists on Twitter are now having a #CuteOff with their study subjects (yes, scientists squee, too!), and the hashtag is proof positive that biodiversity is both better for ecosystems and for cuteness. The friendly competition is a celebration of cross-taxa adorableness—contenders range from axolotls to teddy bear ants to sooty mangabeys. #Awww!
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As the IUCN meets this week in Hawaii, a new report highlights the biggest threats to the planet's most endangered species.