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Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place

No wonder we don't feel rested after a first night in a new place: Half of our brain has stayed alert while the other half enjoyed deeper sleep, a study finds. We really have been half-asleep.
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Parrot In Britain Flew The Coop; Then Hails Taxi Home

Evie left after a noise in the garden scared her. A taxi driver says the bird landed outside his cab and said, "Hello." He went on Facebook to look for someone missing a parrot, and Evie made it home.
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Ethiopian Monkey Study Offers Clues Into How Human Speech Evolved

A new study of the speech patterns of gelada monkeys in the Ethiopian Highlands suggests that linguistically humans aren't as unique as we think. So why has it taken us thousands of years to realize that? NPR has the story of how we listen to noises we don't understand.
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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.
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Inky The Octopus's Great Escape

Inky the octopus escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand and into Hawke's Bay. NPR's Scott Simon celebrates his ingenuity and second-guesses the octopus's inclusion on his dinner plate.
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'Farm To Fable'? Tampa Probe Finds Many Restaurants Lie About Sourcing

Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm to table" claims proved bogus.
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Stalking Poachers With High-Tech Cameras And Old-Fashioned Smarts

Infrared thermal cameras have revolutionized the way rangers can see into the dark. But sometimes, experience trumps technology.
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Taking Cues From Human Nutrition To Reduce Antibiotic Use In Livestock

Researchers are trying to figure out if probiotics — the stuff we like to eat in yogurt to keep our guts healthy — could also help pigs, cows and chickens thrive.
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So A Goat Walked Into A Starbucks...

And it didn't drink any coffee but it LOVED the cardboard! Until a police officer took the goat into custody.
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Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees

Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to bees and other pollinators.

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