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Researchers Focus On Sharks' Point Of View

The term "shark attack" is under attack by the leading society of shark researchers. They're calling on the media to stop labeling any sort of interaction with humans as an "attack." They suggest using specific terms like: shark sightings and shark encounters.
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Area Beaches See Rise In Dolphin Deaths

As many as 44 dolphins were found dead on Virginia beaches, just last month, which has marine biologists searching for a cause.

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The Biggest Thing Out Of Thailand: An Elephant Orchestra

Based out of a conservation center for former work animals, the Thai Elephant Orchestra is just what it sounds like: a group of elephants trained to play enormous percussion instruments, holding mallets in their trunks and sometimes trumpeting along.
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Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
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Why Are Yellow Perch Disappearing From Our Rivers?

For years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to figure out why yellow perch, which spawn in rivers feeding into the Chesapeake Bay, are reproducing at lower and lower levels.

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Backpacks For Dragonflies: Inside The Janelia Farm Research Campus

In a simulated indoor forest at the Janelia Farm Research Campus, scientist Anthony Leonardo uses tiny "telemetry backpacks" to study how dragonflies hunt down fruit flies.

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Jack Longino, 'The Astonishing Ant Man,' Finds 33 New Species

All told, the scientist has discovered 131 new species of animals in his career, and some are so scary-looking, he's named them after demons. It's a task that's taken more than 30 years of crawling through rain forests to accomplish, and Longino says he's still only scratched the surface.
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Homepage Mistake May Get Kitten A Home

For a brief time Tuesday on the Chicago Tribune homepage, the main story was a photo of an adorable gray kitten with the headline, "Headline test here." But the Tribune says the mistake may mean good fortune for Benton, the kitty in the photo, who is up for adoption.
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Part Of National Zoo's Panda House Closed

Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female panda, has shown possible signs of pregnancy, prompting the zoo to close the Panda House.

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For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.

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