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Ag-Gag Law Blows Animal Activists' Cover

Iowa's so-called "Ag-Gag" law targets undercover animal rights activists who secretly take videos. Farmers say they need the legal protection to block those trying to take down agriculture, but critics ask what the industry may be hiding.
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A Way To Save The Rhino, Just Not Its Horn

Rhino poaching is on the rise. The animal's horn is believed to have medicinal properties, and some say legalizing the trade could help squelch the black market. One controversial way to reduce poaching may be rhino ranches, where the horns are harvested for sale.
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Stubborn As A Mule's Knot: Massaging Ornery Beasts

The famous pack mules that carry supplies and people in and out of the Grand Canyon have back pain. One man is on a mission to make the lives of these beasts of burden a little less painful.
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Studying Locomotion With Rat Treadmills, Wind Tunnels

Between the resident emu and the newborn goats, Harvard's Concord Field Station, located in Bedford, Mass., has a menagerie feel. The lab researches how different animals move--which requires lots of animals, and gadgets to facilitate and document their motion.
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Gorilla Genome Sheds Light On Human Evolution

Reporting in Nature, researchers write they have deciphered the genetic code of the gorilla, the last of the great apes to have its genome sequenced. Study co-author Aylwyn Scally discusses what the data reveal about the evolution of humans and other apes.
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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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