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To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.
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City Life Disrupts Daily Rhythm Of Birds

City life can be harsh on people. For example, it pushes people to work longer and sleep less. A new study suggests that city life can have a somewhat similar effect on birds too. It shows urban blackbirds wake up earlier and go to bed later than their forest dwelling cousins.
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New Jersey Neighborhood Finds Ways to Live With Cicadas

A symphony of cicadas has been moving up the East Coast. In Summit, N.J., as in other communities, residents find their own ways of living alongside the transient creatures.
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For London Zoo Patrons, It's A Case Of Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Squirrel monkeys in a "walk-through" enclosure bit more than a dozen visitors over a year-long period, according to a report.
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Asparagus Helps Lower Blood Pressure (At Least In Rats)

After 10 weeks, hypertensive rats fed a diet consisting of 5 percent asparagus had lower blood pressure than their counterparts fed a standard rat diet.
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Reactive To Predictive: Tracking Global Epidemics

Kojo explores how far the scientific community has come in developing new technology and surveillance programs for tracking, predicting and preventing global disease outbreaks.

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Baby Moose Benefits From Anglers' Unlikely Catch And Release

Dr. Karen Sciascia and her guide, Seth McLean, were fishing on a Montana river when they spotted a cow moose and a calf that were having trouble crossing the water. When the calf was swept away, they rushed after it.
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Ancient Reptile Named After 'Lizard King' Jim Morrison

Though the species is named after twentieth century rock star Jim Morrison, the Doors front-man, it lived in the jungles of Southeast Asia 40 million years ago. The ancient lizard king was a gentle creature who ate only plants.

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