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'Flying Mop' And Other Canine Glam Shots

Though dogs are cute, that's not what motivates English photographer Tim Flach.
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Hairless Dog Loveable Or Just Ugly?

The rare hairless canine known as the xoloitzcuintli is Mexico's national dog. It's one of just six breeds to debut at this year's 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Host Michel Martin speaks with xolo breeder Amy Fernandez, who is thrilled that the native dog of Mexico will be finally included in the show.
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Scientists Take Cautious Tack On Bird Flu Research

Last month, scientists around the world agreed to temporarily halt controversial scientific research with bird flu viruses. Some experts say too little is known about how infectious this virus could be to humans, but other experts think those risks have been blown a bit out of proportion.
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The Zebra's Stripes, A Personal No-Fly Zone

Scientists in Hungary and Sweden say they've found an answer to the age-old question of how the zebra got its stripes. It turns out the pattern may have evolved to repel Africa's biting flies. The researchers discovered this by placing models of patterned zebras next to models of their plainer cousins, horses, and measuring how many flies ended up on each one. Host Scott Simon has more.
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As Gray Wolves Return, So Does Debate Over Hunting

Back from near-extinction, the gray wolf will soon be removed from the endangered species list. Now, Wyoming has struck a deal with the federal government to allow trophy hunting of the predator in certain parts of the state. But the move has drawn the ire of environmentalists.
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Saved From Extinction, Darwin's Crocs Are Now King

Australia's Northern Territory is home to the cunning, powerful and deadly saltwater crocodile — the world's largest. And in the territory's capital, Darwin, the crocodile is both feared and beloved.

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