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WATCH: Mosquitoes Use 6 Needles To Suck Your Blood

Beyond pesky, mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. And the bites aren't random. A mouth packed with sensors, drills, spears and straws guides the bug to blood.
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Family Won't Be Charged In Gorilla Incident At Cincinnati Zoo

Local authorities will not charge the mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit. The gorilla was shot and killed by an emergency response team sent to rescue the child.
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No Charges Against Family In Gorilla Incident At Cincinnati Zoo

The boy's mother "did not act in any way where she presented this child to some harm," the county prosecutor says of the May 28 incident.
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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of Stolen Hives

Beekeepers make money renting out hives to pollinate crops. But in California, thefts are on the rise. That's led to a hive shortage that is driving up demand, costs — and more thefts.
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Fish And Wildlife Service May Appeal Judge's Ruling On Cormorants

A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overstepped its bounds when it allowed some migratory birds to be killed in large numbers across the eastern United States.
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If Gorilla's Death Moves You, Consider Other Animals' Plights

After the shooting death of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the living conditions and deaths of other animals, such as the ones we raise for food.
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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.
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Murder, Espionage, Intrigue. It's Time For 'Talkin' Birds'

A warbler helps solve a spy case, and a birdwatcher turns out to be a notorious murderer. Talkin' Birds' host Ray Brown speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about birds in history.
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New U.S. Ban On Ivory Sales To Protect Elephants

New regulation will ban almost all sales of African elephant ivory in the U.S. The changes will allow sale and transport of musical instruments, guns and other items made with small amounts of ivory.
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Study Finds Dogs Were Domesticated Twice In Different Parts Of The World

A new study says dogs were domesticated in not one, but two places. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with one of the study's authors, Greger Larson, an archaeology professor at Oxford University.

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