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Can An Early Spring Confuse Nature's Clock?

It's been an unusually warm winter in some parts of the country, with springtime temperatures and very little snow. How is nature responding? Purdue entomologist Tom Turpin and horticulturalist Kristin Schleiter of the New York Botanical Garden discuss how an early spring affects flower buds, beetles and bees.
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Meet Claudia, The High-Tech Cow

At a modern dairy farm, the high-tech advances aren't in machinery. They're inside the cow.
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Virginia Tech Researchers Study Asthma Using Horses

When it comes to finding treatments for asthma, researchers at Virginia Tech have found that there is no species better suited than man's old friend -- the horse.

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First Responders Trained In Animal Rescues

First responders never know what they'll find when they get called to an accident site. Sometimes crews have to rescue dairy cows from collapsed barns, evacuate horses during wildfires or move pigs off the highway after an accident. These first responders often don't have the proper training to handle large animals.
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Rescued Bald Eagle Euthanized Due To Injuries

Animal experts have euthanized a bald eagle found near Metro tracks in Virginia last week because its injuries were too extensive for it to be rejuvenated.
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Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Dogs, cats birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

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States Crack Down On Animal Welfare Activists And Their Undercover Videos

Iowa is poised to join several other states that have passed or are considering what activists call "ag gag" laws. Such legislation criminalizes undercover photography or video inside animal farms.
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VIDEO: Amazingly Close Up View Of A Woodpecker

You'll feel like you're right there when this woodpecker comes to feed. See if you agree that it's fascinating.
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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island stick insects.

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