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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.
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The Merciless Battles Of Tiny, Barbarous Bees

Researcher Paul Cunningham tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the epic battle between warring honey bee colonies in Australia, which he recently studied.
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World's Best Bucking Bull About To Retire

Bushwacker is retiring at the end of October. There have been a lot of top bulls in the sport, but none has reached Bushwacker's level of superstardom.
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Bigger Than A T. Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrichlike dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.
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In More Cities, That Doggie In The Window Is Not For Sale

Almost 50 U.S. cities and towns have banned pet stores from selling puppies. The laws are aimed at cracking down on substandard, large-scale breeders, but many store owners say the bans are unfair.
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As Cattle Prices Climb, Ranchers Watch Out For Bovine Thievery

Across the U.S., cattle prices are at record highs. So ranchers and special rangers are working to protect herds from cattle rustlers — thieves looking to sell off stolen animals at auction.
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Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

The 101 Freeway slices right through the wilderness in and around Los Angeles, separating local mountain lion populations. To mate and avoid inbreeding, the animals must risk the dangerous crossing.
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Missing Parrot Returns But Doesn't Speak English Anymore

A parrot from Torrance, Calif., disappeared four years ago. It was a talking parrot, and according to the owner, spoke with a British accent. It speaks Spanish now, according to the Daily Breeze.
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American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Scotland has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Now the North American signal crayfish is taking over waterways, threatening to wipe out native populations of insects those trout eat.
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Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests

Most people think of beavers as pests — they cause floods and block irrigation. But as Mel Babik tells NPR's Scott Simon, she's finding a new use for the buck-toothed critters in the Yakima Basin.

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