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National Aquarium Seeks Help Naming Baby Sloth

The Baltimore National Aquarium's new baby sloth is 2 months old and ready to be named.

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One Night With Janis Joplin

Mary Bridget Davies stars as the iconic rocker Janis Joplin, who overdosed at age 27. Sabrina Elayne Carten co-stars, performing the work of the legendary blues singers who influenced Joplin.

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Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk: Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores the practical, medical and moral issues facing pet owners at the end of a companion animal’s life.

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Probiotics Need To Eat, Too

Could prebiotics, the food for the good bacteria known as probiotics, have more benefits than a dose of the microbes, particularly for people with serious health problems like preemies? A researcher working with pigs is trying to figure that out.
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When Infections "Spillover"

In his new book Spillover writer David Quammen traces the evolution of Ebola, HIV and other diseases that moved from animals to humans. Quammen describes how scientists look for the reservoirs of the infectious agents, and what might be done to prevent the next pandemic.
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Go Fish: Numbers Of Young Striped Bass Plummet In Bay

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Striped bass, better known in the Chesapeake Bay area as rockfish, have had a bad year, as scientists say the lower-than-normal levels of rainfall have hurt their population levels.

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Tough Old Lizard To Face Grave Romantic Troubles, Say Scientists

Its nearest relatives — animals that lived before the great dinosaurs — are all extinct now. The tuatara is the only one of its order to make it through that giant asteroid, the ice ages, volcanoes, changes in sea levels, humans. And now, after 230 million years hunting insects in the forest, this little guy is in trouble.
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'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?

It's big, it's blue and no one's sure yet what or where it came from. A squid? A whale? Big Foot? See if you can help solve the mystery.
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Panda Cub's Death Due To 'Lung And Liver Damage'

The cub was about a week old when it died on Sept. 23. Tests since then show that her lungs didn't develop properly, which affected how much oxygen she was getting and in turn damaged her liver.
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Zoo Vet: Panda Cub Died Of Liver Problem

The 6-day-old panda cub that was born at the National Zoo last month died from a problem with its liver, National Zoo officials say.

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