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Hitting The 'Off' Switch On Antibiotic Resistance

Doctors are running out of effective antibiotics, as bacteria evolve ways to evade one drug after another. Now DARPA has called for alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses one such weapon--tiny globs of DNA and RNA that can switch off the bugs' antibiotic resistance. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses next-generation antibiotics that target a bacterium's DNA.
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To Kill Or Not To Kill Horses That Others May Eat?

President Obama has signed a bill to reopen slaughterhouses for horses. While some animal welfare groups say the facilities are inhumane, others say the alternative is no better.
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Flight Of The Wild Pigeon

Pigeons may not be known for their flying prowess, but they are actually pretty good at maneuvering right angles. Andrew Biewener and colleagues at Harvard's Concord Field Station caught pigeons in a parking garage, made a flying course in the lab and filmed the birds with high speed cameras to see how pigeons make tight turns.
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Zebras Take To The Streets In Leesburg, Va.

Leesburg residents were treated to a rare sight on Monday -- two escaped zebras roaming the streets like they owned the place. 

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Deer Wasting A Concern For Virginia

The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries is asking for help from the state's hunters in trying to contain the spread of a chronic neurological disease.

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National Zoo's Giant Octopus Needs A Name

What's in a name? The National Zoo is soliciting suggestions from younger area residents for their new giant octopus, which is not quite giant just yet.

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Deer Meat Donations On Decline In Virginia

Deer meat donations to Virginia's Hunters for the Hungry program are down 40 percent this year.

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Court Could Take Trainers Out Of Marine Park Waters

Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SeaWorld following the death of a killer whale trainer. If a Florida court rules in favor of OSHA, employees of SeaWorld and other parks like it will no longer be able to come into direct contact with whales unless there is a barrier between them. Guy Raz speaks to Tim Zimmermann, a correspondent for Outside Magazine, about the ongoing legal dispute.
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Beer Or Sugar Water? For Flies, The Choice Is Pale Ale

If a fly walked into a bar, he'd chose beer, and scientists think they've figured out why. The secret? A molecule that tastes sweet but isn't sugar. The research could help create more powerful insect repellents.

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