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Insect Named For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Step Toward Equality Of The 6-Legged Sexes

A newly identified praying mantis species, Ilomantis ginsburgae, is named for the Supreme Court justice. The species is also — unusually — identified by traits specific to the female, not the male.
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Bats In The Bedroom Can Spread Rabies Without An Obvious Bite

When a Wyoming woman fell ill, no one suspected that she could have rabies from a bat in her bedroom. Health officials say sleeping in a room with a bat is a rabies risk because bites are hard to see.
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China's Dog Meat Festival Will Go On Despite Growing Protests

Thousands of dogs are slaughtered and served. It's unclear where they come from. Pressure is mounting, from abroad and from within China, to stop the event.
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National Park Enlists Predator Beetle To Stop Hemlock-Killing Insect

The forests at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are sick, infected by invasive bugs and plants. The park's vegetation crew is like the nursing staff, protecting native plants and treating trees.
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40 Dead Tiger Cubs Found In Freezer At Thai Buddhist Temple

Thai authorities raided the temple, which operated as a zoo, after it was accused of illegal wildlife trafficking. Parks officials have been moving the temple's adult tigers to shelters elsewhere.
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Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.
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Bumblebees' Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers' Electric Fields

The fields bend the hairs, and that generates a nerve signal, scientists say.
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Gorilla Killed To Save Boy At Cincinnati Zoo

After a 4-year-old slipped into the gorilla enclosure on a crowded day at the Cincinnati Zoo, a security team killed the gorilla to save the child. A tranquilizer shot was deemed too dicey.
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Wrecked By Superstorm Sandy, Conservationists Work To Restore Migratory Birds' Refuge

The migratory birds of the East Coast are about to get back a piece of habitat they lost to Hurricane Sandy — a freshwater pond in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York City.
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Dallas' Stray Dog Problem Gets Worse After Woman's Death

A Dallas woman's death after being attacked by six street dogs might just be the tipping point in a debate over that city's massive population of stray dogs.

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