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Tough Old Lizard To Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Its nearest relatives — animals that lived before the great dinosaurs — are all extinct now. The tuatara is the only one of its order to make it through that giant asteroid, the ice ages, volcanoes, changes in sea levels, humans. And now, after 230 million years hunting insects in the forest, this little guy is in trouble.
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'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

It's big, it's blue and no one's sure yet what or where it came from. A squid? A whale? Big Foot? See if you can help solve the mystery.
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Panda Cub's Death Due To 'Lung And Liver Damage'

The cub was about a week old when it died on Sept. 23. Tests since then show that her lungs didn't develop properly, which affected how much oxygen she was getting and in turn damaged her liver.
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Zoo Vet: Panda Cub Died Of Liver Problem

The 6-day-old panda cub that was born at the National Zoo last month died from a problem with its liver, National Zoo officials say.

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Plucky Former Poultry Farmer Goes Wild For Gators

Georgia is well known for its agricultural products, such as peaches, peanuts and chickens. Now, in the tiny town of Camilla, one farm is turning out an unusual item that's in big demand in Europe's high-fashion industry: alligators.
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Fatal Road Accidents Increase During Deer Season

Drivers and motorcyclists are warned to be cautious of the high population of deer during this time of year.

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New Dinosaur Was A Small, Fanged Vegetarian

A new dinosaur species was identified this week called Pegomastax, or "thick-jawed reptile." The dinosaur's defining feature is its fangs, which make it look like a fearsome cross between a porcupine and a chicken.
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French Bees Produce Mysterious Technicolor Honey

Host Rachel Martin reports that in France, some local bees have been producing colorful honey, the result of a nearby factory that processes waste from an M&M's plant.
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From Stem Cells To Eggs (And Beyond)

Reporting in Science, researchers write that mouse stem cells can be transformed not only into egg cells--but into newborn pups. Sean Morrison, a stem cell expert at the University of Texas Southwestern, explains the stem cell's journey, and what it could mean for fertility and assisted reproduction.

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