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Algae Causes Hundreds Of Fish Deaths In National Mall Pond

The National Park Service says about 1,000 fish have been found dead in the Constitution Gardens pond on the National Mall.

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Red Cross For Rover: Inside America's Canine Blood Banks

When your dog gets a transfusion — during surgery, or if it has contracted any number of blood-damaging diseases — where does the blood come from? Much of the time, the blood products come from canine blood banks. But these days, demand for canine blood products often outstrips supply.
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Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad For Bees

The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That's already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.
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Beware The Pacu, Experts Tell Men Who Skinny-Dip In Scandinavia

The appearance of a Brazilian fish has sent a chill through summertime swimmers in Sweden and Denmark. The alarming fish isn't the much-feared piranha, but a cousin, the pacu, which has large teeth and a reputation for attacking men's testicles.
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Park Service Proposes Shooting Deer In Three National Battlefield Parks

The National Park Service says it wants to use sharpshooters to help control the population of white-tailed deer in three national battlefield parks around Washington.

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Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif.

A wild herd of bison has been roaming the rugged Santa Catalina Island since the 1920s, when the animals were brought there by a film crew shooting a movie that was never made. With no natural predators, the bison population quickly exploded.
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Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
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Old Hawaiian Menus Tell Story Of Local Fish And Their Demise

An ecologist wondered if Hawaiian menus might help explain what happened to Hawaii's sea turtle population. But the menus revealed another marine tragedy: that local fish numbers had dropped to about a tenth of what they once were.
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Stars And Stripes: Pair Of Sumatran Tigers Born At National Zoo

Four-year-old Damai is "being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," zoo officials say. There was no immediate word on the sex of the cubs.
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Va. Fisherman Reels In World's Largest Snakehead Fish

The 17-pound, six-ounce monster was hauled in by 27-year-old Caleb Newton in Aquia Creek on June 1. 

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