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Freedom And Liberty: Month-Old Eaglets Get Names In D.C.

More than 36,000 online votes were cast in the competition to name the two young eagles, the American Eagle Foundation says. Names such as Cherry and Blossom lost out.
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Reef Larger Than Delaware Found At The Mouth Of The Amazon River

The reef is unusual because it lies in muddy waters, and scientists had only seen hints of its existence until recent research expeditions. They say it's already in danger because of oil drilling.
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How Do Ants Survive Floods? Rafts Of Course

Scott Simon talks with entomologist Jessica Purcell about her research into the ingenious strategy one kind of European ant uses to stay safe in floods: joining their bodies to form floating rafts.
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U.S. Proposes Removing Yellowstone Grizzly Bears From Endangered Species List

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone may soon lose protection from the federal government. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed taking the bears off the endangered species list, saying the population has recovered to a self-sustaining number. Opponents dispute that, in part because they say federal biologists aren't sufficiently accounting for climate change threatening their food sources.
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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Originally broadcast Oct. 20, 2015.
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Task Force Calls For More Safety Oversight At NIH Research Hospital

NIH Director Francis Collins has stopped research at two leading labs for now. But an independent board of experts wants even more oversight to ensure that patient safety is the top priority.
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Half Your Brain Stands Guard When Sleeping In A New Place

No wonder we don't feel rested after a first night in a new place: Half of our brain has stayed alert while the other half enjoyed deeper sleep, a study finds. We really have been half-asleep.
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Parrot In Britain Flew The Coop; Then Hails Taxi Home

Evie left after a noise in the garden scared her. A taxi driver says the bird landed outside his cab and said, "Hello." He went on Facebook to look for someone missing a parrot, and Evie made it home.
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Ethiopian Monkey Study Offers Clues Into How Human Speech Evolved

A new study of the speech patterns of gelada monkeys in the Ethiopian Highlands suggests that linguistically humans aren't as unique as we think. So why has it taken us thousands of years to realize that? NPR has the story of how we listen to noises we don't understand.
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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky.

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