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Larry The Cat Taken To Vet For Injury, Expected To Make Full Recovery

Everyone's favorite British civil servant was observed limping on Wednesday. Some political observers suspect rival Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, is responsible for the prime mouser's wounds.
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To Avoid Malaria, Try Sleeping With A Chicken At Your Bedside

A study finds that the Anopheles arabiensis species of mosquitoes, a major carrier of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, is repelled by the smell of chicken.
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Taking The Battle Against Lyme Disease Ticks To The Backyard

Scientists have tested all sorts of strategies to keep Lyme disease ticks from biting us. One is to make it less likely you'll cross paths with the critters in your yard. Sawdust mulch, anyone?

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Environmental Outlook: New Efforts To Save African Lions

The trophy killing of Cecil the Lion brought new attention to the plight of African lions. Yet many conservationists say the main threat to lions is not trophy hunting, but habitat loss and locals killing them to protect their livestock. For this month's Environmental Outlook: strategies to save African lions.

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Hundreds Of Endangered Toads Released Into Southeast Wyoming

More than 900 endangered toads recently hopped onto the arid plains of southeast Wyoming. It's the only place in the world this species — the Wyoming toad — exists. The release is an effort by wildlife officials to bring back one of the most endangered amphibians in North America.
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WATCH: The Secret Buzz Only Bumblebees Know To Unlock Our Favorite Crops

Some plants will release their pollen only to bees that buzz in just the right way. It's a risky strategy — and it's critical to human agriculture, from tomatoes to blueberries.
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A Case Of Zika Apparently Spread From A Patient To A Family Caregiver

Federal and Utah health officials are investigating a case that may be the first instance of Zika spreading from one person to another in ways other than via mosquito bites, sex or the placenta.
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New Research Debunks The Dinosaur's Roar

New studies prove that dinosaurs may not have roared in their days on the earth. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to paleontologist Julia Clarke about her new discovery — the cooing sounds of dinosaurs.
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'Sheep View' Campaign Calls On Google To Photograph Roads In Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands tourism board launched a campaign called Sheep View 360, shot by attaching cameras to some of the archipelago's many sheep.
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A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."

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