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If Gorilla's Death Moves You, Consider Other Animals' Plights

After the shooting death of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the living conditions and deaths of other animals, such as the ones we raise for food.
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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.
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Murder, Espionage, Intrigue. It's Time For 'Talkin' Birds'

A warbler helps solve a spy case, and a birdwatcher turns out to be a notorious murderer. Talkin' Birds' host Ray Brown speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about birds in history.
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New U.S. Ban On Ivory Sales To Protect Elephants

New regulation will ban almost all sales of African elephant ivory in the U.S. The changes will allow sale and transport of musical instruments, guns and other items made with small amounts of ivory.
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Study Finds Dogs Were Domesticated Twice In Different Parts Of The World

A new study says dogs were domesticated in not one, but two places. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with one of the study's authors, Greger Larson, an archaeology professor at Oxford University.
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Solved: The Mystery Of The Bearded Chickens

Hip humans aren't the only ones growing outrageous facial hair. Some chickens do, too. And now, geneticists in China have discovered the cause.
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Insect Named For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Step Toward Equality Of The 6-Legged Sexes

A newly identified praying mantis species, Ilomantis ginsburgae, is named for the Supreme Court justice. The species is also — unusually — identified by traits specific to the female, not the male.
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Bats In The Bedroom Can Spread Rabies Without An Obvious Bite

When a Wyoming woman fell ill, no one suspected that she could have rabies from a bat in her bedroom. Health officials say sleeping in a room with a bat is a rabies risk because bites are hard to see.
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China's Dog Meat Festival Will Go On Despite Growing Protests

Thousands of dogs are slaughtered and served. It's unclear where they come from. Pressure is mounting, from abroad and from within China, to stop the event.
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National Park Enlists Predator Beetle To Stop Hemlock-Killing Insect

The forests at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are sick, infected by invasive bugs and plants. The park's vegetation crew is like the nursing staff, protecting native plants and treating trees.

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