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This Bat Knows How To Drink

The Pallas's long-tongued bat has a neat trick at the tip of its tongue — tiny hairlike structures that fill with blood and stand straight out. This turns the tongue into a nectar-slurping mop at just the right time.
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New Asian Elephant To Join Herd At National Zoo

An Asian elephant hailing from the Baton Rouge Zoo will soon call the Elephant Trail exhibit at Smithsonian's National Zoo home.

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Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotters

The Norwegian government is looking for the spotters to warn researchers in the Arctic Circle when bears get too close. A successful candidate should enjoy the outdoors and be competent with firearms.
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Of Flybots And Bug Eyes: Insects Inspire Inventors

Miniaturizing technology is really hard — gears, rotors, belts and pistons that work perfectly at human size just don't work very well at the small scale. So researchers are turning to insects for ideas about how to make tiny flying robots and cameras — and driving a new generation of gadgets.
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Can Salmon Farming Be Sustainable? Maybe, If You Head Inland

For years, salmon farming has gotten a bad rap from marine biologists, who say the fish grown in open-ocean net pens generate pollution, disease and parasites. But now, a few salmon farms have moved on land. From an environmental standpoint, some scientists say, that's "a huge step forward."
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National Zoo Vet On Front Line Of Fight Against Pandemics

Visitors to the National Zoo see animals from around the world, but behind the scenes, zoo veterinarians are dealing with diseases from around the world.

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Maryland Oyster Shell Recycling Bill To Be Signed Into Law

A bill to offer incentives for the recycling of oyster shells may go a long way towards helping recovering oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Security Ramped Up At Preakness Following Boston Attacks

The tens of thousands who turn out to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore this month will be subject to more stringent security measures than in years passed.

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He Helped Discover Evolution, And Then Became Extinct

Charles Darwin is known as the father of evolution. But another British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, played a major role in developing the theory of natural selection before fading into obscurity. A trip to what's now Sulawesi in Indonesia, and the unique animals he found there, helped form his seminal ideas.

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