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The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

The motivation for flying with other birds in V formation is probably to save energy, say researchers who tracked the pattern of wing flaps in an ibis flock. Each bird in the V catches a bit of lift from the bird ahead.
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Panda Cub Bao Bao Makes Public Debut At National Zoo On Saturday

Giant panda cub Bao Bao has been an Internet sensation since she was born last summer, and the public will get their first chance to see her in person this weekend.

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First Land-Walking Fish Looks Like It Had 'All-Wheel Drive'

Fossils of Tiktaalik, which lived some 375 million years ago and is believed to be the first fish that walked on land, had more robust hindquarters than previously known.
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Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO

The African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.
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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.
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Rare Scottish Bird Reveals Its Long-Secret Winter Home

Think you have a long commute? Well it's probably nothing compared to the red-necked phalarope's. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Malcie Smith of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds about their record-breaking migration and how scientists tracked the tiny birds.
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Rare Irruption Of Snowy Owls In Maryland Captivates Scientists

Snowy Owls are migrating south from the Arctic and an unprecedented number have been seen on the coast in Maryland and Delaware.

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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.
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Should Virginia Chicken Owners Be Able To Kill Dogs That Attack Their Flock?

Virginia law allows chicken owners to shoot dogs chasing or killing their flock on sight — but with backyard hens becoming more common, one legislator wants to give localities the option to change that law.

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When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

A drop in the numbers of fierce beasts worldwide might seem like good news for deer and antelope. But expanding herds of grass-eaters leave stream banks naked and vulnerable to erosion, and can even change the stream's course, according to scientists calling for more protection of large predators.

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