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National Zoo Inseminates Giant Panda Mei Xiang

Veterinarians at the National Zoo say their female giant panda, Mei Xiang, is ready to breed again.


What's Behind The 'Fairy Circles' That Dot West Africa?

Fly from Angola down to South Africa and you'll see thousands of circles of bare dirt covering the land. They're up to 30 feet across and ringed by tufts of grass. The origin of the shapes has long been a mystery, but researchers now say hordes of termites may be acting as engineers.

Algae Bloom Kills Record Number Of Florida Manatees

More than 200 manatees have died in Florida's waterways this year from an algae bloom called red tide. The deaths come as wildlife officials try to remove the marine mammal — whose biggest killer is usually boat propellers — from the endangered species list.
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Sharpshooters Continue Deer Hunt In Rock Creek Park

Trained marksmen with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are on a four-night deer hunt to reduce deer density in Rock Creek Park.


Why A Hoosier State Scientist Is Stuck On Oysters

How do oysters attach themselves to rocks? They need a glue, but a glue that can set in a watery environment. In this installment of "Joe's Big Idea," NPR's Joe Palca reports that glue could lead to medical advances.

Landlocked Midwest Farmers Raise Saltwater Shrimp

Shrimp is the number one seafood product in the United States. While most shrimp is imported from Asia or Ecuador, some is being raised indoors in the Midwest. The challenge is to simulate an ocean environment in a barn or other structure.