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Naked Mole Rat's Genetic Code Laid Bare

The piggy-nosed, coldblooded animals are neither rats nor moles. But scientists hope the naked mole rat's newly sequenced genome may offer insights not only into aging but also cancer and other diseases.
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Bird CSI: Maryland Bald Eagle Not Shot After All

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A bald eagle believed to have been shot dead last month is now said to have died of natural causes.


A Picture Of Poaching: Baby Gorilla Rescued

Park rangers thwart poachers' plans to sell a baby gorilla in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, caretakers are watching little Shamavu around the clock.

Inside Namibia's Rural Communal Conservancies

The southwest African country of Namibia is trying a controversial approach to preserving its wildlife. Rural people control the animals and profit from them. But they have also found they must shoot some of the animals to cull the herds.
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Two Animal Fighting Busts In D.C.

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Two people were arrested and two animals were saved, as Washington Humane Society investigations uncovered separate cases of dog fighting and cock fighting in Northeast D.C.


To Save Wildlife, Namibia's Farmers Take Control

Imagine the U.S. government saying to the people living around Yellowstone, "You know what? All those wild animals in the park — the grizzlies, the bison, the wolves — they belong to you." This is exactly what the government of Namibia has done in a radical experiment to save wildlife — and the people who share their land.

A Bird Flies Into A Hurricane. Does It Fly Out?

Many migratory birds travel thousands of miles every year, over land and sea and, sometimes, through hurricanes. Host Scott Simon talks to Dr. Bryan Watts from the College of William and Mary, who used satellite transmitters to track shorebirds as they flew through Hurricane Irene.

A Virtual Arm That Talks With The Brain

Scientists have created a virtual arm that monkeys can move with their thoughts--and the arm can send information back to the brain about the textures of what it touches. Neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis talks about how this may lead to a full-body suit that helps paralyzed people move and walk again.