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What Happens When Scientists Get It Wrong?

Reporting in Science, two teams of scientists say they were unable to replicate the results of a 2010 study claiming to have found 'alien life' on Earth--a bacterium that could build its DNA using arsenic. Science journalist Carl Zimmer talks about how the controversy played out online, and how science corrects itself.
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'I'll Have Another' Had Injuries Long Before Belmont

Melissa Block talks with Joe Drape of The New York Times about his coverage of horse racing. He says the Triple Crown contender "I'll Have Another" had prior medical problems long before it was forced to drop out of the Belmont Stakes.
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Seals Lure Sharks To Summer At Cape Cod

Beach-goers are seeing more sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, and experts say that is not surprising. The sharks follow their food, seals, to that part of the Massachusetts coast. Several sharks had been tagged by researchers, and some have already reappeared this year.
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Blue Whales Drawn Unusually Close To Shore In Calif.

Melissa Block speaks with marine biologist Dorris Welch, who is co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises in Monterey Bay, Calif. She says blue whales come and go throughout the summer, but this year they are coming closer to shore and in bigger numbers. She believes it's because of the abundance of krill available.
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Orangutan Becomes Addicted To Cigarettes

To kick her 10-year habit, Tori is leaving home for a small island — theoretically a no smoking island. Home is an Indonesian zoo and Tori is an orangutan. The Guardian reports, she learned to smoke imitating visitors, who tossed cigarette butts into her cage.
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Environmental Outlook: Rising Sea Levels (Rebroadcast)

In this month’s environmental outlook, a look at rising sea levels and what's at stake.

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Power Restored At Washington Animal Rescue League

The folks at the Washington Animal Rescue League have been reliant on donations of ice, generators and gasoline to combat the rising temperatures at the shelter due to an ongoing power outage. 

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Office Stress Dogging You? Try Punching In With Fido

A number of studies have touted the health benefits of canine companions. But a new study says dogs can make for a happier, more productive workplace, too.

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