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Seeking The Micro, Scientists Find The Big Picture

E.O Wilson and Sylvia Earle see the through very different lenses. Wilson started with his eyes to the ground, following ants as they lead him to the study of biodiversity and human nature. Earle dove into the Gulf of Mexico to focus on aquatic plants. That underwater view ultimately led her to study the relationship between degrading seas and life everywhere.
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Researchers Observe Climate Change, First-Hand

As the climate changes, scientists are documenting measurable shifts in the natural world — from a tremendous loss in Arctic sea ice and an increase in extreme weather like drought, floods and heatwaves, to the migration of plants and animals to new latitudes.
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Police Arrest Herndon Teen For Animal Slashings

Fairfax police have arrested a 17-year-old Herndon teen in connection with a series of attacks against therapeutic horses and petting zoo animals over the last several months.

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Famed Tortoise Dies In Galapagos Islands

The giant tortoise known as Lonesome George has died. Morning Edition reported on the tortoise in 2008 when Lonesome George mated with a female from a similar species. The hope was his subspecies would be carried on. But the eggs turned out to be infertile.
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Ugly Mugly Wins Ugliest Dog Contest

A Chinese crested from the UK has taken this year's ugly dog title. "I think that he is the most beautiful dog from the inside out and want the world to know that too," his owner says.
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Bird Flu Research Illustrates Dual-Use Issues

A scientific journal has finally published the details of how to make mutant forms of bird flu. These viruses were created last year by a lab that's trying to stay ahead of a possible flu pandemic, so that the world can get ready. But the work is highly controversial. The government is grappling with how to manage the risks of this kind of research without blocking scientific progress.
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Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains

An elephant at the National Zoo has been moonlighting as a musician, thanks to her surprising harmonica skills.

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A Moonlighting Matchmaker Juggles Multiple Roles

Mirah Horowitz is a matchmaker. In her day job, she matches high-level executives with top employers. In her weekend gig, she matches rescue dogs with adoptive and foster families.

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What's In A Name? Ask The Zoo's Howler Monkey

The Smithsonian National Zoo is seeking public input in picking one of four names for their baby male howler monkey, born in March.

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