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The 'Ick' Factor: Bugs Can Be Hard To Swallow

Lots of creepy crawly things will appear on doorsteps and fence posts for Halloween, but will they be on your dinner plate? Insects are being proposed as a cheap and environmentally friendly food source. Long accepted around the world, eating bugs is considered, well, gross to many in North America and Europe.
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Eating Your Way To A Healthy Heart (If You're A Python)

Pythons can eat up to quarter of their body weight, or 40 pounds, in one meal. It turns out those huge meals are good for their hearts and may offer insight into how to treat heart disease in humans.
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Snuffing Out Snakehead By Putting It On The Plate

The snakehead fish is invasive, destructive, and, some say, delicious. Maryland chefs, fishermen, and conservationists hope that by putting it on menus, they can eliminate it from regional waterways.
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Insect Cuisine Is All The Buzz

San Francisco has a burgeoning entomophagy (bug eating) movement, and its proponents say bugs have a lot of advantages over meat. They're tasty, not that different from shellfish, and better for the environment.
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A DNA Check Reveals Widespread Fish Mislabeling In Massachusetts

The Boston Globe collected fish samples from across the state and learned from scientists that 48 percent were mislabeled. In many cases, cheaper species were substituted for higher-end species in restaurants, seafood markets and grocery stores.
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Photos Show Sheer Scale Of Shark Fin Trade

Some 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. Despite increased public awareness, large-scale operations are still open for business in many countries, new images show.
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142 Square Miles Swept For Every Living Thing

In a single 24-hour period, the National Park Service and National Geographic led a "treasure hunt" to catalog all the species in Arizona's Saguaro National Park. NPR's Ted Robbins takes us to the "BioBlitz."
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Exotic Pets No Strangers To Ohio

Scores of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, bears and monkeys, were released by their owner just before he killed himself in Zanesville, Ohio, this past week. Host Scott Simon talks with retired Ohio Police Officer Tim Harrison about how Ohio has become a magnet for people keeping exotic pets.
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Zanesville Animal Tragedy Echoes 'Ridge' Plot

The events in Ohio involving the release of dozens of exotic animals eerily parallel parts of Michael Koryta's latest book: The Ridge. Koryta talks to Ari Shapiro about the challenges of regulating exotic animal ownership.

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