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On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup

A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.
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To Save Birds, Send A Ship Full Of Rat Poison

A ship has departed for South Georgia Island with enough poison to wipe out the rats that have been decimating the local bird population.
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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.
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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.
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Paddle Boarder Who Wanted To See Orcas Gets An Up-Close Look

A pod of five orcas swam around — and even under — Rich German while he stood on his paddle board off of Laguna Beach, Calif. He videotaped the encounter.
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Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Wondering why your local Chipotle is no longer serving pork? It's because a big supplier was housing pigs in confined quarters. But there's debate about whether that's really worse for the animals.
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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams and are able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?
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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.
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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.
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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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