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Splish Splat? Why Raindrops Don't Kill Mosquitoes

Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at 20 mph. That's how raindrops look to a mosquito, yet a raindrop weighing 50 times more than one can hit the insect and the mosquito will survive.
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Jenny Brown: "The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals"

A former television producer explains how she became a vegan animal rights activist and co-founder of a farm animal sanctuary.

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Terrie Williams: "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species"

A wildlife biologist tells the story of a two-day-old Hawaiian monk seal pup that was attacked and abandoned by his mother. It is a portrait of the unique relationship between a member of a critically endangered species and a scientist.

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Small-Scale Slaughterhouses Aim To Put The 'Local' Back In Local Meat

Some producers of "local" meat have had little choice but to ship their products hundreds of miles away to process, and then ship it back for sale. So some small producers are banding together to build slaughterhouses closer to home.
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Paralyzed Rats Walk, Even Sprint After Rehab

Reporting in Science, researchers write that a combination of therapies, willpower and chocolate helped rats with severe spinal cord injuries learn to walk and even run again. Neurobiologist Moses Chao, not affiliated with the study, discusses the rehab method and whether it could work in humans.
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Lightning Bug Of A Different Color

Forget the fireflies, some millipedes glow in the dark too, we found out from SciFri listener Chris Lavin. Chris stumbled upon a millipede glowing blue during an evening stroll in Canyon, Calif. Entomologist Paul Marek digs into the science of why and how these insects luminesce.

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