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Wise Old Whooping Cranes Keep Captive-Bred Fledglings On Track

A decade ago, cranes that had never before migrated followed the lead of an ultralight plane to learn the route south. Several generations later, old cranes are teaching young birds to navigate that same route. It's a clue that migration is a combination of nature and nurture, researchers say.
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Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?

No one knows exactly how farmers use antibiotics. Many public health experts say the government should collect and publish detailed information because antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly urgent problem. But many farm groups are opposed.
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Some Rattlesnakes Losing Their Warning Rattle In S. Dakota

There are few things more chilling than the sound of a nearby rattlesnake. That distinctive sound serves as a warning that trouble could be on the way. The only thing worse than hearing a rattlesnake within striking distance — is not hearing it at all. A herpetologist in South Dakota's Black Hills has discovered a growing number of Prairie Rattlesnakes with atrophied tail muscles; he believes it's a genetic issue that multiplies because those snakes that can rattle usually end up being killed. But others think the situation could be an evolutionary development to avoid detection.
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D.C. Police Add Sharp-Nosed Four-Legged Member To Ranks

The D.C. Police Department has a new recruit, and he's got a nose for the job.

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A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

Age-related fumbles of memory are often feared as early signs of Alzheimer's dementia, but recent research confirms an important difference. The underlying biology of the two sorts of memory loss aren't the same. And the age-related form may be reversible someday.
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Cat Sets Record For Long Hair

A Persian long hair in Seattle named Colonel Meow set the record. His hair stretches 9 inches. It's not that crazy for that breed of cat. His owners swear that Colonel is not using any product.
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The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Into London Man's Bed

A London man got quite the wake up call Tuesday morning. He rolled over in bed to find himself face to face with a fox. It seems the animal had gotten in through the cat door.
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Beachgoers In Spain Face Invasion Of Jellyfish

Known for its sparkling turquoise waters and white sand, Spain's Mediterranean beaches are developing a new reputation — for a growing number of jellyfish. Scientists blame overfishing and, possibly, climate change for the spike in stinging invertebrates.
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97-Year-Old Birder Has No Intention Of Slowing Down

At the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas is where 97-year-old Karl Haller has been counting birds for decades. Haller says he plans to keep going for as long as he can. He already has been counting birds for more than 50 yers.
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National Zoo's Giant Panda Cub Is Healthy

The National Zoo's panda cub received its first neonatal exam Sunday morning. Vets say the cub is healthy and active.

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