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New Dinosaur Was A Small, Fanged Vegetarian

A new dinosaur species was identified this week called Pegomastax, or "thick-jawed reptile." The dinosaur's defining feature is its fangs, which make it look like a fearsome cross between a porcupine and a chicken.
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French Bees Produce Mysterious Technicolor Honey

Host Rachel Martin reports that in France, some local bees have been producing colorful honey, the result of a nearby factory that processes waste from an M&M's plant.
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From Stem Cells To Eggs (And Beyond)

Reporting in Science, researchers write that mouse stem cells can be transformed not only into egg cells--but into newborn pups. Sean Morrison, a stem cell expert at the University of Texas Southwestern, explains the stem cell's journey, and what it could mean for fertility and assisted reproduction.
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A Beetle That Puts The 'Extreme' in Extremity

The horn of the Japanese rhinoceros beetle can grow to be two-thirds the length of the rest of its body. And size matters. The beetles battle with their horns to get access to female beetles. Biologists Doug Emlen and Erin McCullough, of The University of Montana, are looking into what regulates the size of this extra-large attribute.
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Mystery Solved: Why Was Some French Honey Green?

Beekeepers in eastern France were upset to find their bees were producing honey in unusual shades of blue and green. A nearby biogas plant processed waste from an M&M's factory. The bees were snacking on the candy coating. The waste treatment plant says it's storing the candy waste more securely.
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Regulating Roadside Zoos

The Reston Zoo director's conviction for animal cruelty raises new questions about who makes the rules at smaller roadside zoos. Kojo explores the laws on keeping and showing exotic animals.

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Virginia Horse Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Animal health officials in Virginia are urging horse owners to check vaccination records after one horse contracted West Nile virus.

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Environmental Outlook: Elephants And The Ivory Trade

Tens of thousands of African elephants are being slaughtered every year to meet demand for ivory in China, the Philippines and Thailand. Inside the underground ivory trade and the future of Africa's elephants.

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