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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Who needs eggs? Scientists have discovered an unusual frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles.

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Morning Edition

With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

Thursday, January 01, 2015

In many parts of the country, demand for adoptive pets outstrips the supply of healthy dogs. Many shelters and rescue groups now import dogs from other states — and even other countries.

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All Things Considered

No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.

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99% Invisible

146- Mooallempalooza

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As you probably know, 99% Invisible is a show about the built world, about things manufactured by humans. We don't tend to do stories about animals or nature. But our friend Jon Mooallem writes brilliant stories about the weird interactions between ani...

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Morning Edition

Exercising Penguins Are A Hit With Tourists In Japan

Monday, December 29, 2014

A zoo in Japan takes its penguins on a 30-minute waddle twice a day during the winter to keep them from getting too chubby. Visitors line the route and snap pictures of the penguins.

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All Things Considered

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.

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Argentinian Orangutan May Be Free To Enjoy Some Privacy

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sandra, a shy Orangutan in Argentina, has been granted some legal rights that will allow her some freedom. NPR's Linda Wertheimer tells us more.

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All Things Considered

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

Friday, December 26, 2014

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.

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Morning Edition

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

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Morning Edition

Dog Races To Catch Up With Ambulance

Thursday, December 25, 2014

In Brazil, a man had a seizure and was rushed to the hospital. The animal chased the ambulance until the crew stopped and let the dog climb in.

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Morning Edition

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

Thursday, December 25, 2014

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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Orangutan Declared To Have Basic Legal Rights In Argentina

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Buenos Aires judge ruled in favor of advocates, who are calling for more freedom for Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan who was born in a zoo.

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Morning Edition

Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

Monday, December 22, 2014

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

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In The Deep Ocean, Ghostfish Breaks Records

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to talk about a new fish discovered in one of the deepest places on Earth.

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Is This A Goat Or A Sheep? It's Harder Than You Think

Sunday, December 21, 2014

True confession: Our editors mistook a sheep for a goat. Now we've learned a lot about how cool sheep really are. Maybe our blog should be ... "Sheep and Soda?"

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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TED Radio Hour

Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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Morning Edition

7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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All Things Considered

We're Down To 5 Northern White Rhinos: Is It Too Late For Babies?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the death of a northern white rhino in San Diego's zoo this week, researchers are working to see whether they can save the species. They'd better hurry — only five remain.

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