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How Dogs Evolved Into 'Our Best Friends'

Naturalist Mark Derr says our friendship with dogs and wolves goes back thousands of years more than previously believed. His new book explores how the relationship between humans and wolves developed.
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Veteran Dogs Honored On Capital Hill

Veterans Day is this Friday, but some four-legged vets are being honored today on Capitol Hill.

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Voters Picked 'Rosebud' For Ferret's Name

After more than 1,000 online votes, the 6-month-old endangered black-footed ferret has a new name.

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A Researcher Asks: Are Dolphins Self-Aware?

Like chimpanzees, dolphins are large-brained and highly social animals, but can they recognize themselves in a mirror? Psychologist and dolphin researcher Diana Reiss discusses her work with dolphin communication and cognition.
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How An Elegant Moth Stays Aloft

To feed, the hawk moth unrolls a long proboscis, sticks it in a flower like a straw, and slurps up nectar. It looks like a hummingbird feeding. Like the hummingbird, the moth has to be stable in the air to get a drink. Biologist Ty Hedrick filmed the moths with high-speed video to try to understand how they hold steady.
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Along With Humans, Who Else Is In The 7 Billion Club?

There are now 7 billion people, according to the U.N.'s population division. That prompts a question: Who else is in the 7 Billion Club? To learn which other animals had reached that plateau, we asked wildlife experts — who said it's a tough call.
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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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