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The (Monkey) Business Of Recognizing Words

New research shows that first-graders and baboons have at least one thing in common: Both can tell the difference between actual written words and random sequences of letters. The finding challenges some conventional ideas about what goes on in the human brain when we read.
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Record Sturgeon Caught In Wisconsin

Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources captured, tagged and then released a sturgeon weighing more than 240 pounds. The fish, a female, is the largest on record for the state. One scientist estimates the fish is 125 years old.
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Birds Change Tunes To Adapt To The Urban Jungle (Originally broadcast Dec. 9, 2011)

Birds are having an increasingly hard time being heard above the roar of sound in our urban jungle.

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FDA Launches Voluntary Plan to Reduce Use of Antibiotics In Animals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will collaborate with the livestock industry to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal feed. But activists say a voluntary approach won't go nearly far enough to protect human health.
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A 'Warm And Fuzzy' Dino? (Yes, But Mind The Teeth)

Known by its nickname "beautiful feathered tyrant," Yutyrannus huali is a cousin of T. rex, 30 feet long and about 3,000 pounds. It had no trouble tearing its prey to pieces, but the dinosaur was also a snappy dresser — it was covered in downy feathers.

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