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Ugly Animals Ignored In Scientific Studies, Research Shows

An Australian study found half that country's wildlife are considered ugly, such a hairy rodents, and that most of the in-depth scientific studies are devoted to charmers, like koalas and kangaroos.
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Scientists Discover 'Remarkable Little Octopod,' Possibly New Species

A robotic vehicle was exploring the ocean floor by Hawaii, more than 2 1/2 miles underwater. To the surprise of NOAA scientists, it came across a cute, "ghostlike" octopod. One suggested name: Casper.
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High-Flying, Hibernating And Other Peculiar Bird Behavior

Spring is for the birds. And some are pretty odd. There's a bird that walks under water and another that impales its prey. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Ray Brown from "Talkin' Birds."
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Monarch Butterflies Are On The Rebound

After years of decline, the numbers of Monarch butterflies are up. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro speaks with Jorge Rickards of the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico about their promising rebound.
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Destructive Jackdaws Leave U.K. Preservationists Grasping At Straws

A recently thatched roof on a historic barn is being stripped bare by small birds from the crow family; they're tugging out the straws and "idly discarding them," as the U.K.'s National Trust puts it.
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To Make A Wild Comeback, Cranes Need More Than Flying Lessons

The 15-year project wasn't a flight of fancy. Biologists used a plane to successfully teach many young, captive-bred whooping cranes to migrate cross-country. But the birds aren't reproducing well.
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Is Nutritious Food In Peril, Along With Pollinators?

A U.N.-sponsored report warns that disappearing pollinators, such as bees, could cut production of healthful foods like fruits and nuts. But the degree of damage is mostly a matter of speculation.
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Kid's Farm At National Zoo Closed After Discovery Of E. Coli

Don't pet the goat! The Kid's Farm at Smithsonian's National Zoo has been closed over concerns about bacteria.

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Our 'Golden Mole' Winner Used To Paint Wasps For A Living

NPR's Skunk Bear blog received 300 nominations for our Golden Mole Award for Accidental Brilliance. We have a winner: Elizabeth Tibbetts found her luck, and scientific insight, in tiny insect faces.
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Global Deforestation And Efforts To Stop Illegal Logging

About 70 percent of the earth's land animals and plants live in forests. But deforestation is occurring at an alarming rate. The role of illegal logging in harming the world's forests - and educating consumers about the wood products they buy.

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