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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.
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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.
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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.
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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.
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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
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Prosthetic Eye Helps Keep 1-Eyed Fish From Being Bullied

Ever since losing an eye, other fish at the Vancouver Aquarium bullied a half-blind rockfish. The prosthetic eye, however, is helping, according to reports.
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Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.
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Mittens Help Koalas Recover From Scorched Paws

Brush fires in Australia have been raging across land where many koalas live. The International Fund for Animal Welfare says the marsupial mittens are used to seal in medication while they heal.
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Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

It was 15 feet long, with a snout shaped like a dolphin's. This newly identified meat-eater swam the seas near the Isle of Skye in the time of dinosaurs.
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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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