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Endangered Turtle Survives Trans-Atlantic Journey

The Kemp's ridley sea turtle, which hopped a ride aboard floating seaweed, made the 4,600 mile journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Portugal in 2008. Nicknamed Johnny Vasco de Gama, after the Portugese explorer, the now-rehabilitated turtle will be reintroduced into Gulf waters Tuesday.
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A Pigeon's Potential: Learning Abstract Numbers

Damian Scarf at New Zealand's University of Otago reports in the current issue of the journal Science that experiments he conducted with colleagues show that pigeons can learn abstract rules about numbers.
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To Flirt In Cities, Birds Adjust Their Pitch

A big part of being a bird is singing, often to attract other birds. Sometimes it's hard to do that amid all the noise in a city, so urban birds are changing their tune.
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Myth Busting: The Truth About Animals And Tools

Birds and wasps do it. So do octopuses, otters, polar bears and dolphins. A surprising number of animals use tools, and scientists say there are some widespread misconceptions. Among them: Using tools isn't a sign of intelligence, and animals don't need fingers to be crafty with tools.
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National Zoo's Baby Octopus Has A Name

The National Zoo's new baby octopus got a new name yesterday, thanks to one of the zoo's young fans.

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