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Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
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Pot Growers May Be Killing Rare Creatures With Poison, Researchers Say

The fisher, a weasel-like animal, is already a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now, researchers have evidence that the animals have been exposed to lethal poison used by power growers to protect their plants from animals.
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Montana Extends Wolf Hunting Season

Wolf hunting is legal in Montana but the population has continued to grow dramatically. So wildlife officials are doing away with the statewide kill limit, and nearly doubling the length of the season. The newly expanded season begins Sept. 1 and runs through the end of February.
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Bucking Bulls Draw Crowds, And Dollars

In the past 10 years, bucking bulls have become a major industry. The price of the best bloodlines can soar to a quarter of a million dollars, and competitions take place everywhere from Wyoming to Madison Square Garden.
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What Happens When Scientists Get It Wrong?

Reporting in Science, two teams of scientists say they were unable to replicate the results of a 2010 study claiming to have found 'alien life' on Earth--a bacterium that could build its DNA using arsenic. Science journalist Carl Zimmer talks about how the controversy played out online, and how science corrects itself.
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'I'll Have Another' Had Injuries Long Before Belmont

Melissa Block talks with Joe Drape of The New York Times about his coverage of horse racing. He says the Triple Crown contender "I'll Have Another" had prior medical problems long before it was forced to drop out of the Belmont Stakes.
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Seals Lure Sharks To Summer At Cape Cod

Beach-goers are seeing more sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, and experts say that is not surprising. The sharks follow their food, seals, to that part of the Massachusetts coast. Several sharks had been tagged by researchers, and some have already reappeared this year.
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Blue Whales Drawn Unusually Close To Shore In Calif.

Melissa Block speaks with marine biologist Dorris Welch, who is co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises in Monterey Bay, Calif. She says blue whales come and go throughout the summer, but this year they are coming closer to shore and in bigger numbers. She believes it's because of the abundance of krill available.
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Orangutan Becomes Addicted To Cigarettes

To kick her 10-year habit, Tori is leaving home for a small island — theoretically a no smoking island. Home is an Indonesian zoo and Tori is an orangutan. The Guardian reports, she learned to smoke imitating visitors, who tossed cigarette butts into her cage.

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