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Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest

Marius, a healthy 2-year-old male giraffe, was killed, and his body was carved up and fed to lions. The zoo says it was simply trying to prevent inbreeding.
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Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

People who have never experienced earthquakes are starting to feel rumbles, which scientists say may be linked to the rise in oil and gas activity. Along with the quakes are shockingly loud noises that can put residents on edge.
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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.
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Learning About Love From Prairie Vole Bonding

The small mammals take on monogamous partners for their entire lives — a trait scientists say we might be able to learn from. Even when a partner dies, most prairie voles never take up another mate.
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Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

David Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London, believes that miracles and rare events actually aren't so uncommon. Hand speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new book, The Improbability Principle.
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Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowd-Sourced Medicine

A report on health and social media finds that Wikipedia is the "single leading source of medical information" for patients and health care professionals. But not all the articles are accurate. To address that issue, Dr. Amin Azzam requires his fourth-year medical students to revise and publish medical articles on the site.
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Do Brain Training Games Work?

An explosion of brain training games has people using apps and software programs to improve memory and reasoning. One study says the positive effects can last a decade. Skeptics disagree.

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Far Out Photo: Earth As 'Evening Star' Over Mars

The Curiosity rover has sent back an image that shows a tiny bright dot over the Mars horizon. It's Earth. Compare that to other famous photos of our planet taken from space.
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Oldest 'Out Of Africa' Human Footprints Found On British Coast

Scientists have found the oldest-known footprints outside Africa, dating from between 800,000 and 1 million years ago, on a beach facing the North Sea.
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Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the topic is driving an online conversation about points raised in the debate. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being debated online.

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