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National Zoo Panda Cub Weighs Nearly 10 Pounds

The National Zoo says its female giant panda cub has put on some weight.

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That Clam In Your Chowder Might Be Hundreds Of Years Old

A claim about a clam leads to a discovery for some of us: Those bivalves in our bowls may be centuries-old.
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Researchers Figure Out Found Clam Was 507 Years Old

A mollusk named Ming was that old when it was dredged up in the ocean off Iceland several years ago. It was named Ming in honor of the Chinese dynasty it was born into.
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A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance

Scientists suspect that warming air and rivers, as well as smaller winter snowpack, is endangering western trout. But on a ranch in Montana, methods to protect trout from the effects of cattle ranching are helping the trout become more resilient to the inevitable change in their environment.
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Old Dogs, New Data: Canines May Have Been Domesticated In Europe

A study of DNA extracted from wolf and dog fossils suggests that ancient wolf populations in Europe are the direct ancestors of most modern-day domestic dogs. The study suggests wolves became dogs between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago, before the start of agriculture.
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As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy

In the northern Rockies of Montana, wildlife is a part of daily conversation. Fishing alone generates $250 million a year, and the pursuit of trout brings in most of that money. But record droughts and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for this revered fish.
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More Deer Lead To Increased Urban Hunters

It's white tailed deer season for millions of hunters across the country. Most will tromp into fields and forests stalking their prey. But others will set up in cities and suburbs. Urban hunts are spreading across the country as a way to control the animal's booming population. But not everyone's happy having camouflaged hunters perched on tree stands in their neighborhoods.
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National Aquarium

We talk with John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium.

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What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name?

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has put forward five names for the new panda cub. The zoo is asking the public to vote on the names, which are: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan, and Zhen Bao.
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Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.

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