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Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.
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A One-Horse Race For Dirt Tracks At Preakness

When the Preakness Stakes is held in Baltimore this weekend, it will take place on a dirt track, just as it has for nearly 140 years. This, despite evidence that synthetic tracks may actually be safer for horses.

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What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

The U.S. Navy is in the process of renewing its permits to conduct sonar and explosive tests off the coast of the Pacific Northwest. But the recent unexplained death of a young orca who washed ashore in February has thrown a wrench in the process. Experts say injuries to the whale may indicate she was exposed to an underwater explosion or sonar testing.
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Dead Zones Reversible, Virginia Biologist Says

A marine biologist in Virginia has been studying dead zones — areas in bodies of water that are devoid of oxygen. He says the danger they bring to U.S. fisheries is real, but they are still reversible.

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Ape Apps: Orangutans Learn With iPads At Miami Zoo

People are not the only ones picking up on current trends in technology. The six orangutans at the Jungle Island zoological park in Miami have been using iPads to play games and learn about vocabulary. Orangutan caregiver Linda Jacobs describes how the process works and which orangutans are doing particularly well.
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National Zoo Welcomes Asian Small-Clawed Otters

The National Zoo is hosting a housewarming event today for a family of Asian small-clawed otters.

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