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Neighborhood Stunned After House Cats Mistakenly Euthanized

Some residents of one quiet Eastern Shore street are mourning their pets after they say they were wrongly euthanized by the county's animal control.

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Environmental Concerns Top Objections To Arlington Chickens

As Arlington considers relaxing restrictions on backyard hens in residential areas, one of the primary objections raised is the potential environmental impact wrought by chicken waste.

NPR

Searching For Nature's Time Machines in 'Relics'

In a new book, Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine, Harvard entomologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki documents his travels, from New Guinea to New Zealand and beyond, looking for organisms whose genes can tell us something about conditions on Earth millions of years ago.
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How Humans And Insects Conquered The Earth

In The Social Conquest of Earth, biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson writes of how humans and insects conquered the Earth by forming complex societies based on group cooperation, and he discusses the evolutionary struggle between our altruistic and selfish natures.
NPR

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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