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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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Morning Edition

Stray Cat In Russia Feasts On Fish

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

An orange tabby became something of a celebrity after sneaking into a seafood shop at Vladivostok airport. The cat polished off the entire seafood counter, and then dashed off.

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Morning Edition

New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Brooklyn artist spread a photo of a tattooed dog on Instagram. Governor Andrew Cuomo says that is just animal abuse. The law goes into effect in 120 days.

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Rare Northern White Rhino Dies At San Diego Zoo

Monday, December 15, 2014

Now, only five remain in the world. Angalifu was thought to be 44 years old. He died of old age.

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All Things Considered

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure, but Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Friday, December 12, 2014

The southern sea pup now known as Luna was found on a beach in California in October. She was transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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All Things Considered

Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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Studio 360

Billboard Top Five, But for Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marine biologists have found evidence of the biggest cultural transformation in nature: whale songs that spread across the Pacific Ocean in a matter of months.

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Studio 360

Marianne Moore’s Odes to Animals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marianne Moore loved learning about animals, and she crammed more scientific detail into her poems than anyone before.

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Studio 360

Do Animals Have Culture?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Some interesting research in current biology shows that animals have culture. But how much can we say about their taste without projecting our own onto them?

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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.

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New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages

Monday, December 08, 2014

The city council gets the controversial bill at Mayor Bill de Blasio's request, one day after the editorial board of The New York Times urged, "Dump the bill. Keep the horses."

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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

Monday, December 08, 2014

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.

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Chlorine Gas Leak In Chicago Disrupts 'Furries' Convention

Sunday, December 07, 2014

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.

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The Mystery Of The Missing Martins

Thursday, December 04, 2014

In Skunk Bear's latest video, join the search for an enormous flock of missing songbirds, and learn some bizarre facts about Shakespeare and Doppler radar along the way.

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Morning Edition

California Bans Coyote Killing Contests

Thursday, December 04, 2014

California's Fish and Game Commission voted on Wednesday to ban coyote hunting derbies. Those are contests where hunters vie to kill the most coyotes, or the biggest, for prizes.

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All Things Considered

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.

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