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Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

A group of geckos "lost" in space was found last week — they were the subjects of a scientific experiment. They're the latest in a long line of animals that humans have sent beyond the atmosphere.
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Kentucky Buoys Noah's Ark Park With Millions In New Tax Breaks

The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state's tourism board.
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One Bird's Haunting Lesson For Us, 100 Years After Its Death

In the late 1800s, passenger pigeons filled the skies in the U.S. By 1914, there was just one left.

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Migrating from Central America: A Photo Essay

They're desperate to get out of Central America and enter the U.S. -- undocumented immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. They show up on the nightly news in political battles about where to house them and...

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Zoos play a major role in preserving and protecting the animals that call them home. But during the past few years, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore had to scrape and claw to fight off its own extinction. The zoo's president and CEO joins us in the studio to reflect on its recent challenges and explore where it fits into the fabric of the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Farming The Bluefin Tuna, Tiger Of The Ocean, Is Not Without A Price

Scientists are trying to raise prized bluefin tuna completely in captivity. An experiment at a Baltimore university is the first successful attempt in North America.
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The 30-Foot High Pile Of Bones That Could Be A DNA Treasure Trove

The Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming may hold specimens of DNA from animals who roamed thousands of years ago. Julie Meachem, a paleontologist leading the expedition into the cave, speaks with Audie Cornish about the secrets she hopes to find.
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Where The Birds Are Is Not Where You'd Think

Birds are everywhere, but the greatest concentration of different birds — the "bird mecca" of America — is not in our great parks, not in our forests, not where you'd suppose. Not at all.
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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
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How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

A researcher has complained that coverage in NPR and other outlets ignores his work and gives undue credit to a sixth-grader's project. But that sixth grader did make an original contribution.

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