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Paddle Boarder Who Wanted To See Orcas Gets An Up-Close Look

A pod of five orcas swam around — and even under — Rich German while he stood on his paddle board off of Laguna Beach, Calif. He videotaped the encounter.
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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.
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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams and are able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?
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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

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

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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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

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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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

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

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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Prosthetic Eye Helps Keep 1-Eyed Fish From Being Bullied

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

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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