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Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.

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Thanks To Technology, Toucan Gets A Second Beak On Life

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon takes a moment to note that a toucan in Costa Rica that had part of its beak destroyed is getting a new one made from a 3-D printer.

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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

Saturday, February 07, 2015

In 2014, ornithologists documented the largest numbers in a century of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

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For Rockfish, A Tale Of Recovery, Hidden On Menus

Friday, February 06, 2015

Once depleted by decades of overfishing, rockfish have rebounded. But it's hard to tell this conservation and fishery management success story if purveyors continue to misidentify the tasty fish.

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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Friday, February 06, 2015

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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Morning Edition

Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.

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All Things Considered

To Save Two Colo. Cows, All It Took Was A Good Ice-Breaker

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This week, the Fountain, Colo., Fire Department repurposed some firefighting tools for a chillier job: Rescuing cows that had fallen through a half-foot of ice into the freezing water of a local pond.

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Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

Friday, January 30, 2015

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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Morning Edition

Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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All Things Considered

On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup

Monday, January 26, 2015

A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.

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To Save Birds, Send A Ship Full Of Rat Poison

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A ship has departed for South Georgia Island with enough poison to wipe out the rats that have been decimating the local bird population.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

How To Clone a Mammoth - Beth Shapiro

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Could we actually clone a mammoth? Yes and no, says biologist Beth Shapiro--a pioneer in the new science of de-extinction. She takes us behind the scenes to examine the science and ethics of resurrecting extinct species.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

From the Sabertooth to the Grizzly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Doug Peacock is a legend in wilderness circles. A friend of Edward Abbey, Peacock was a Vietnam vet so traumatized by the war that he escaped into the wilderness once he returned to America. He says grizzlies saved his life.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Recording America's Rarest Bird

Friday, January 23, 2015

The story of finding and recording the rarest bird in America: the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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The Takeaway

Research Lab Lets Animals Suffer for Profits

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For the past 50 years, the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center has been making the meat industry more efficient and productive by utilizing aggressive and sometimes cruel methods.

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