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The Secret Of The Syrinx: Why Birdsongs Sound Like They Do

Birds can sound like sump-pumps, outboard motors or crazed squirrels, but of course their songs can also be sublime. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ray Brown from the show Talkin' Birds.
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America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Implanting cows with the embryos of genetically superior heifers is big business these days. It's helping elite cattle breeders and beef and dairy producers spread U.S. cow genetics around the globe.
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Look Who's Hanging Out With A Goat! It's Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

She's not the only example of a cross-species friend. Goats pal around with hippos and giraffes, too. We probe the science of goat behavior to see what makes them such good friends.
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Administration Announces Controversial Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

The Interior Department plans to conserve millions of acres of habitat for the greater sage grouse in 10 states. The move limits areas where petroleum and agriculture development can take place.
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Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.
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Wherever D.C. Is Wild, Biologists Will Have A Plan For Action

Most states have a plan for protecting wildlife, especially species that are becoming increasingly rare. The District of Columbia lacks any such policy, but a new Wildlife Action Plan, in theory, will fill that void.

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Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

But neither Hercules nor Leo, who are at the center of a legal battle over whether chimpanzees should have the same legal rights as people, were physically present in the Manhattan courtroom.
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Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.
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British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

In London, Manchester and other British cities, those strolling and biking along urban canals have to make way for ducks. White lines mark the new lanes with sprayed on silhouettes of ducks.
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An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years; Australia is the only country with more deaths during this span.

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