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In The Stomach Of A Seabird, A Glimpse Of An Ocean Heating Up

As the Pacific Ocean warms, the diet of Alaska's seabirds has been changing along with it. Now, on the eve of President Obama's visit to the state, researchers aren't the only ones paying attention.
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In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in the state. In the isolated Okanogan Valley, where power and phone lines have burned, cattle ranchers are doing what they can to spare herds.
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It's A Boy! National Zoo Reveals Surviving Panda Cub's Gender

Genetic testing also showed that he was sired by Tian Tian, the zoo announced.
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Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.
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A Sea Lion's First Date At Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zookeepers at the National Zoo are excited to be introducing a a new male sea lion named Jetty to the population — the hope is he can get some needed genetic diversity to their harem.

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Police In Peru Treat Lost Penguin To Dinner

A penguin which apparently fell off of a truck led police on a wild, waddling chase. After finally apprehending the penguin, police took it to the station and prepared a meal of fish.
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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
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In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.
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National Zoo Says Smaller Of Twin Panda Cubs Has Died

Washington's National Zoo says one of its two newborn panda cubs has died after three and a half days.
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1 Of The Twin Pandas Born At National Zoo Has Died

"We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died," the National Zoo announced Wednesday, in an update on the twin pandas that were born Saturday.

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