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Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Biologists who study the lives of animals can learn a lot simply by listening to them. The problem is that natural sounds can be far easier to record than to analyze. So scientists are working to automate the process with automated systems that do the identifying for them.

Coming Of Age In The Era Of Oscar Grant And Trayvon Martin

In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, a Youth Radio reporter talks about his coming of age as a young black man in Oakland, where violence has been the backdrop to his life.

A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

When the Pilgrim family first arrived in Alaska, they looked to be from another century. They didn't use calendar months, they called their father "Lord," and they knew how to live in the wild. But, as Tom Kizzia writes in Pilgrim's Wilderness, that rugged facade helped conceal a history of abuse.

Can Oysters With No Sex Life Repopulate The Chesapeake Bay?

Scientists and watermen have joined forces to plant underwater farms in the Chesapeake with a special oyster bred to be sterile. Instead of using energy to reproduce, these oysters use it all to grow — twice as fast as normal.

D.C. Wage Rift Puts Spotlight On Wal-Mart's Urban Push

Wal-Mart's plans to come to Washington, D.C., are up in the air after the City Council voted to require the world's largest retailer to pay workers a living wage. The case highlights some of the difficulties — and opportunities — big-box stores sometimes face entering urban markets.

Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

By signing on to liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to remake the military justice system, conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have aggravated some in their party.

Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.

'Dear George Zimmerman' Letter Hits Home With Many

Though he was found not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is "now going to feel what it's like to be a black man in America," writes a young African-American in a Facebook post that's gone viral.

3 Reasons The Senate Didn't Go Nuclear

Forced to choose between a tyranny of the majority or a tyranny of the minority, the Senate went with custom and chose the latter.

Baseball League Creates 'Islands' Of Refuge For Camden Kids

Bryan Morton and the North Camden Little League are trying to revitalize one of the most drug-ridden parts of Camden, N.J., through baseball. The league offers a safe after-school activity and an escape for children in Camden.