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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.

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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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Morning Edition

From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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Morning Edition

Prosthetic Eye Helps Keep 1-Eyed Fish From Being Bullied

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ever since losing an eye, other fish at the Vancouver Aquarium bullied a half-blind rockfish. The prosthetic eye, however, is helping, according to reports.

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Morning Edition

Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.

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Morning Edition

Mittens Help Koalas Recover From Scorched Paws

Monday, January 12, 2015

Brush fires in Australia have been raging across land where many koalas live. The International Fund for Animal Welfare says the marsupial mittens are used to seal in medication while they heal.

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Morning Edition

Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It was 15 feet long, with a snout shaped like a dolphin's. This newly identified meat-eater swam the seas near the Isle of Skye in the time of dinosaurs.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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All Things Considered

'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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TED Radio Hour

What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Friday, January 09, 2015

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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A Panda's First Snow Day: Pile On The Cuteness

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Because life isn't all political drama and misdeeds, we bring you a video of the young panda Bao Bao frolicking in the snow at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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Morning Edition

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Millions of deep-water fish die every year because of barotrauma, a condition divers know as "the bends." But scientists say descending devices can help fish survive a trip to the surface.

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WNYC Digital

8 Adorable Animals New Yorkers Aren't Allowed to Own as Pets

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

On January 21, the Board of Health will hold a hearing on whether to allow New Yorkers to keep ferrets as pets. So we checked the rule book, and found other cuties currently off limits.

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Researchers Enlist Internet Users To Help Monitor Penguins

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Penguin Watch lets people around the world further science by looking at images of the adorable birds in the wild. Researcher Caitlin Black tells NPR's Rachel Martin how you can help from your chair.

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Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Whale Midwifery

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A whale researcher has a new hypothesis about orca whales: Whale "midwives" may be assisting births.

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Snow Angels: Men Dig Out Moose Buried By Avalanche

Friday, January 02, 2015

The snowmobilers who found the moose said they couldn't leave it to die. But they risked becoming buried in an avalanche themselves to save it.

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Morning Edition

High-Tech Tools Help Irish Dairy Farmers Produce More Milk

Friday, January 02, 2015

In deepest rural Ireland, traditional farmers are developing advanced technology in the name of more milk from happier cows. An old-fashioned dairy has embraced wearable technology for cows.

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Morning Edition

Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

Friday, January 02, 2015

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.

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