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Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Dog owners have similar germs growing on their skin: a signature blend of bacteria from canines' tongues and paws. Scientists couldn't find an analogous signature for cat owners. Perhaps cats are just being selfish.
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Scientists Sequence Genome Of 'Living Fossil' Fish

Scientists say the genome of the coelacanth shows that it may not be as closely related as the lungfish to the first creatures to emerge from the sea.
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Lionfish Attack The Gulf Of Mexico Like A Living Oil Spill

Scientists say they have few weapons to wield against the poison-spined lionfish, which is gobbling up reef fish in the Bahamas and other habitats.
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What Goes Into Serving Breakfast At Smithsonian's National Zoo

The residents of Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., aren't happy with a continental breakfast. Armando Trull goes behind the scenes to see how the animals are fed.

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Monitoring the Monarchs

Last month monarch butterflies began an annual northward journey from their overwintering habitat in Mexico. Monarch expert Lincoln Brower discusses the dwindling monarch populations, and explains how habitat loss in Mexico and a decline in milkweed plant numbers in the U.S. may be harming the familiar orange and black fliers.
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A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Legislation introduced in several states would require anyone who records evidence of animal abuse to turn it over to authorities within a set period of time. But animal rights activists aren't welcoming these measures: They see the bills as veiled attempts to stifle long-term undercover investigations that can prove a pattern of abuse.
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Tim Gallagher: "Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre"

A naturalist tracks the Imperial woodpecker through Mexico: He describes his dangerous expeditions through the Sierra Madre mountains to save a rare bird.

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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise"

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.

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