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Baby Beluga, Swim So Wild And Sing For Me

Whales are among the great communicators of the animal world. They produce all sorts of sounds: squeaks, whistles and even epic arias worthy of an opera house. But in the mid-1980s, one beluga whale did something that had never been documented before: It imitated human speech.

Despite Protest, College Plans To Slaughter, Serve Farm's Beloved Oxen

A Vermont college's decision to slaughter two oxen after one suffered an injury has sparked some serious debate. The college cited sustainability as one of its reasons, but some students and animal rights advocates say it's just not right to serve Bill and Lou for dinner.
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Maryland Rockfish Producing At Record Lows

The number of rockfish reproducing in the Chesapeake Bay is at its lowest in more than 60 years.

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National Aquarium Seeks Help Naming Baby Sloth

The Baltimore National Aquarium's new baby sloth is 2 months old and ready to be named.

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One Night With Janis Joplin

Mary Bridget Davies stars as the iconic rocker Janis Joplin, who overdosed at age 27. Sabrina Elayne Carten co-stars, performing the work of the legendary blues singers who influenced Joplin.

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Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk: Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores the practical, medical and moral issues facing pet owners at the end of a companion animal’s life.


Probiotics Need To Eat, Too

Could prebiotics, the food for the good bacteria known as probiotics, have more benefits than a dose of the microbes, particularly for people with serious health problems like preemies? A researcher working with pigs is trying to figure that out.

When Infections "Spillover"

In his new book Spillover writer David Quammen traces the evolution of Ebola, HIV and other diseases that moved from animals to humans. Quammen describes how scientists look for the reservoirs of the infectious agents, and what might be done to prevent the next pandemic.