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Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

These cousins of the shark send thousands of waders and surfers yelping for medical help each year. A powerful toxin in the barb of the ray's tail triggers a "knifelike pain" that can last for hours. Best prevention? Do the "stingray shuffle."
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Profiting From Rhinos, Far From Their Habitat

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Rhinoceros horns now sell for more on the black market than cocaine or heroin. Demand from Southeast Asian consumers is primarily to blame. In order to cash in, thieves have begun targeting a different kind of rhino habitat: museums. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with journalist Adam Higginbotham about the so-called "Rathkeale Rovers," a gang suspected of several thefts.
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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.
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Australian Agency Studies Bees Colony Collapse Disorder

The National Science Agency hopes to shed light on why honeybees mysteriously disappear from their hives. Researchers attached tiny electronic sensors to 5,000 bees.
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Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.
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The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

The motivation for flying with other birds in V formation is probably to save energy, say researchers who tracked the pattern of wing flaps in an ibis flock. Each bird in the V catches a bit of lift from the bird ahead.
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Panda Cub Bao Bao Makes Public Debut At National Zoo On Saturday

Giant panda cub Bao Bao has been an Internet sensation since she was born last summer, and the public will get their first chance to see her in person this weekend.

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First Land-Walking Fish Looks Like It Had 'All-Wheel Drive'

Fossils of Tiktaalik, which lived some 375 million years ago and is believed to be the first fish that walked on land, had more robust hindquarters than previously known.
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Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO

The African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.
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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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