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France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.
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Learning About Love From Prairie Vole Bonding

The small mammals take on monogamous partners for their entire lives — a trait scientists say we might be able to learn from. Even when a partner dies, most prairie voles never take up another mate.
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Montana Ranchers Learn Ways To Live With Wolves

Gray wolves are a controversial and polarizing animal in much of the American West. Wolves have slowly come back from extinction, forcing people to learn how to coexist with the cunning predator. One farmer is teaching his cattle to huddle together as bison do when threatened — there is safety in numbers.
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O'Malley Promises To Veto Tax On Chicken Growers For Environmental Cleanup

Environmental advocates want Maryland poultry companies to pay their share of the cleanup from nutrient buildup in the Chesapeake, but Maryland's governor has vowed to veto any such bill.

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Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.
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Penguins Are Depressed By Lack Of Sun

It's been a dreary winter but penguins should be used to it, right? Not the Humboldt penguins at the Sea Life Center in Britain. They are natives of coastal South America — far from the U.K.'s unrelenting wind and rain. They're feeling so blue that zoo staff had to prescribe antidepressants.
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Maryland Lawmakers Revisit Court Ruling Deeming Pit Bulls 'Inherently Dangerous'

Pit bulls are deemed "inherently dangerous" in Maryland, which raises a host of potential liability problems for their owners.

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Inside A Western Maryland 'Frost Pocket'

One swamp in western Maryland is notable for scientists, with colder, wetter conditions than the surrounding area that fosters some rare wildlife.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers rather than grass. When the flowers disappeared, the mammoths did, too.
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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

People who are blind from birth are often better than sighted people at processing certain aspects of sound. A mouse study hints at why: Even a few days in the dark helped "rewire" the auditory center of an adult animal's brain.

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