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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.
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Wildlife Activists Try To Save Staten Island's Wild Turkeys

New York City doesn't sound like the ideal habitat for wild turkeys, yet dozens of them call Staten Island home. Officials want to relocate them, but their plan has had trouble getting off the ground.
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Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
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Dog Keeps Up With Athletes, Gets Adopted

Swedish athletes on an adventure race in Ecuador fed a stray dog a meatball. The dog kept up with them for six days. At the end of the race, one of the athletes adopted the dog they named Arthur.
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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.
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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.
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Florida's Hunt For Giant Snails Leads To 'Smelly Easter Eggs'

The state has so far spent $6 million trying to eradicate the giant African land snail, an invasive species that devours gardens, carries disease and leaves behind a trail of foul-smelling mucus.
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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.
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Gray Vetoes Bill Allowing Humane Society Officers To Use Sirens

Mayor Vincent Gray wielded his veto pen this week, rejecting a bill passed by the D.C. Council that would allow Humane Society officers to use sirens when responding to animal emergencies.
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Russian Police Force Wants To Enlist Reindeer

The police in Russia's far north already have snowmobiles, but say the reindeer won't break down in the frozen tundra. Which is why criminals in that icy realm already use them as get-away vehicles.

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