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Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.
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Penguins Are Depressed By Lack Of Sun

It's been a dreary winter but penguins should be used to it, right? Not the Humboldt penguins at the Sea Life Center in Britain. They are natives of coastal South America — far from the U.K.'s unrelenting wind and rain. They're feeling so blue that zoo staff had to prescribe antidepressants.
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Maryland Lawmakers Revisit Court Ruling Deeming Pit Bulls 'Inherently Dangerous'

Pit bulls are deemed "inherently dangerous" in Maryland, which raises a host of potential liability problems for their owners.

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Inside A Western Maryland 'Frost Pocket'

One swamp in western Maryland is notable for scientists, with colder, wetter conditions than the surrounding area that fosters some rare wildlife.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers rather than grass. When the flowers disappeared, the mammoths did, too.
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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

People who are blind from birth are often better than sighted people at processing certain aspects of sound. A mouse study hints at why: Even a few days in the dark helped "rewire" the auditory center of an adult animal's brain.
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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.
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Penguin Cheerleaders Added To Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

Animal Planet will air its 10th Puppy Bowl this Sunday. The show and its kitten halftime program have attracted millions of viewers in recent years. The Puppy Bowl will have some extra star power this year — the Obama dogs will kick off festivities.
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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.
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Twitter-Famous Snowy Owl Receiving Treatment After Being Hit By Metrobus

The snowy owl that has prowled downtown D.C. in recent weeks, causing a social media sensation, is being treated after reportedly being struck by a bus.

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