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Meet a baby Javan rhino, possibly the rarest infant mammal on Earth. Biologists estimate that there are only 40 or so Javan rhinos left in the world. Scientists worry they could be wiped out very soon by human poachers or a volcanic eruption.

The video and photo below were obtained by the World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia with motion-activated cameras. The cameras have been a boon for researchers trying to find rare species in the wild. Cameras don't smell like animals and they can stay in place for very long periods of time.

(Also, I smell a Pixar movie about the Javan rhino's plight.)

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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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