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Saving The Tricolored Blackbird

The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.
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#NPRWormWeek: Worms Are Bottled Up In The Smithsonian's Crawl Space

Tapeworms, hookworms, leeches. Millions of specimens. This collection has it all — except legs.
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The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.
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Cockroach Milk: Yes. You Read That Right

Turns out, cockroach milk is among the most nutritious substances on Earth. But it may still be a while before you can scurry to health stores for roach-milk protein shakes.
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If South Africa Lifts The Ban On Trading Rhino Horns, Will Rhinos Benefit?

South Africa may lift a ban on the domestic trade of rhino horn. Rhino farmers say the moratorium hasn't stopped poaching, while critics say ending the ban amounts to an OK of illegal smuggling.
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For Vets, Caring For Sick Pets And Grieving Owners Takes A Toll

Veterinarians have high rates of stress and suicide, so vet schools are trying to give them tools to deal with challenging tasks such as euthanasia — and with comforting with grieving pet owners.
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Beaks On Fleek: Meet Some Of Colorado's Most Charming Chickens

Some of the chickens perform tricks — one pale-feathered rooster named Bruce pretends to sleep on command — while others, like Buff Brahma hen Miss Felicia Fancy Feet, don dapper costumes.
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NIH Plans To End Moratorium On Funding Controversial Chimera Research

The National Institutes of Health is proposing to permit funding for the controversial experiments, which involve scientists using human stem cells to create embryos that are part human, part animal.
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Anthrax Outbreak In Russia Thought To Be Result Of Thawing Permafrost

Russia is experiencing its first anthrax outbreak in more than 70 years. One child died. Health officials think it might have been triggered by warming permafrost, which unleashed dormant bacteria.
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In Captivating Video, A Bald Eagle Attacks An Osprey Nest

Rare video footage from Maine shows how resurging bald eagles prey on other species. The good news is that two out of three osprey chicks survived.

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