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Giant Python Snakes His Way Into Thrift Shop

A break-in at the store had Australian police stumped. There was a hole in the ceiling and smashed merchandise but nothing was missing. The next day the intruder was found still inside the store. The python was 19 feet long and weighed 37 pounds.

Saving One Species At The Expense Of Another

In Montana's Centennial Valley, conservationists made a grievous mistake while trying to save the trumpeter swan — they nearly wiped out Arctic grayling trout. Now they're looking for ways to make sure both species get a place on the ark.

In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse

The chicken-size sage grouse is as much a part of America's Western range as antelopes and cowboys. The birds nest beneath sagebrush, and as it disappears, so do the grouse. Biologists hope to protect the bird without starting a 21st century range war.

Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

A parasite that plays a role in a range of human illnesses may be more common than you thought. More than a million cats in the U.S. are thought to be spreading the parasite.

Big Old Alaskan Fish Turns Out To Be Just Big, Not Old

A nearly 40-pound rockfish caught off the southwest coast of Alaska was thought to be nearly 200 years old. The answer lay in the watery beast's ear bones, which were examined in a lab in Juneau, Alaska. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have more.
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Officials Warn Of Bacterial Outbreaks From Turtle Derbies

Natural resources officials say only pet turtles should be used in the annual races.


Radiocarbon Clues Help Track Down Poached Elephant Ivory

Nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s pumped a lot of radiocarbon into the atmosphere. It went everywhere, including into plants that elephants eat. By measuring the levels of this carbon in elephant tusks, scientists can tell when an elephant died — and whether the ivory is being traded illegally.
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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" (Rebroadcast)

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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Investigation Opened Into Alleged Dog Poisoning In Logan Circle

The Washington Humane Society is warning dog owners in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Northwest D.C. to look out for toxic dog treats after a resident reported finding an poisoned pill pocket.

Bird On Rare Visit To U.K. Killed As Dismayed Twitchers Watch

When a white-throated needletail was spotted off the northwest coast of Scotland, dozens of enthusiasts rushed to the area. "Twitchers" is British slang for those who have a passion for spotting hard-to-find birds. But their joy turned to grief when the little bird from Asia hit a wind turbine.