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Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.
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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is a prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.
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Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.
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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.
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Holy Goats! They're Kind Of A Big Deal In One Nepali Town

The people of Nepal like goat dishes. They like goat sacrifices. But not all local goats meet such a fate. In one town, goats do as they please. After all, they're divine!
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Utah Courthouse Goes Batty

At a courthouse in St. George, Utah, people got a pretty timely surprise for Halloween. Employees discovered 50 bats when they arrived for work. Amazingly everyone just kept working.
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Scientists Find Sneaky Way To Check Penguins' Vital Signs

Emperor penguins are so shy their heart rates go up when researchers get near enough to check their vital signs. Scientists came up with a way to approach remotely: a rover, disguised as baby penguin.
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In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

The city of San Antonio and conservation groups teamed up to buy land threatened with development near the Bracken Bat Cave, summer home to millions of bat mothers and babies.
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Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing 'Puppy Spider'

Piotr Naskrecki's blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in the wilds of Guyana went viral — then the hate mail and death threats started coming in. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Naskrecki.
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Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

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