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Searching For The Roots of 'Right' And 'Wrong'

In The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, primatologist Frans de Waal explores traits like empathy and fairness in our closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees, and argues that human morality is not the product of rational thought or religion, but evolved long ago.
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Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

Some of the tiniest critters inside the harsh, otherwordly vents at the bottom of sea are unlike almost anything on Earth. They don't need oxygen to thrive — they can use rocket fuel. The discovery is a hint that our planet's first microbes probably sucked up whatever chemicals they could to survive.
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A Second Chance For Inmates And Horses In Maryland

Second Chances Farm in Sykesville, Md., rescues former race horses and recruits prison inmates to take care of them.

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The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.
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From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.

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Park Service Uses Sharpshooters To Cull Deer In D.C. Park

Sharp shooters killed deer over the weekend in the nation's capital. The deer population has grown rapidly in recent decades, causing damage to habitat and car accidents. Protesters tried to stop the National Park Service from killing the deer in Rock Creek Park, but the hunt went ahead after a court sided with the Park Service.

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