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If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.
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Civil War Invades An Elephant Sanctuary: One Researcher's Escape

Andrea Turkalo spent 22 years in central Africa, studying rare forest elephants. Then civil war forced her to flee — and poachers killed many of the elephants she'd shared a life with.
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Scientists Help Galapagos Finches Get Rid Of A Nasty Nest Pest

Cotton balls laced with insecticide just might be the answer to a parasitic fly that has been killing off young finches in the Ecuadorean islands since 1997.
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Monterey Bay An 'Ocean Buffet Open For Business' This Spring

Thanks to upwelling, an influx of marine and wildlife is taking place in one of the world's largest underwater canyons in California.
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Even Penguins Get The Flu

Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.
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Pit Bull Owners Rally In Front Of Capitol

Thousands of pit bull owners and their pets took to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in support of the much-maligned breed.

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Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

They are so sleek, so graceful, with such gorgeous eyes, tufted ears — but then they speak. And you think, "Oh no! Why? Why?"
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A Black Sheep Crashes The Kentucky Derby

California Chrome is a flashy red horse with a big white blaze down his face. Unlike his competition, he's from humble origins, but more important than his breeding is his speed.
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How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

It's stink bug season. Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks.
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'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

How come so many species of domesticated animals — dogs, pigs, cows, ducks, geese, rats, horses — have smaller brains than their wild ancestors? Oh, and humans too!

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