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Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

NPR | May 25, 2017 2:03 p.m.

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Some Islanders Don't Dig Federal Plan To Dig In San Juan Islands Monument

KUOW | May 25, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Lopez Island, Washington

The Trump administration has given an initial thumbs-up for research students to dig in a rare wildflowers meadow in the San Juan Islands National Monument.

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3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

NPR | May 25, 2017 7:15 a.m.

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

World | Flora and Fauna

Girl Dragged Into Water By Sea Lion Treated For Possible 'Seal Finger' Infection

NPR | May 25, 2017 6:36 a.m.

The Canadian girl received a superficial wound and is being treated for a possible bacterial infection. Marine life experts warned she could be at risk for a rare infection known as seal finger.

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How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

NPR | May 23, 2017 4:19 p.m.

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

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Rare Foxes Spotted In Oregon May Help California Population

AP | May 22, 2017 4:13 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Biologists are hoping a rare subspecies of foxes spotted in Oregon can help boost their number in California.  

Nation | Environment | Flora and Fauna

In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up

NPR | May 20, 2017 10:51 a.m.

For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.

Science | Flora and Fauna

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

NPR | May 20, 2017 6 a.m.

Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.

Flora and Fauna

Will Someone Please Adopt This 'Utter Bastard Of A Cat'?

NPR | May 19, 2017 12:02 p.m.

A rescue group in Australia is looking for someone to take in a gorgeous black rescue cat. But be warned: "Mr. Biggles is a despot and a dictator" who "does not like to be thwarted."

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Orangutan Moms Are The Primate Champs Of Breast-Feeding

NPR | May 18, 2017 5:36 a.m.

Orangutans breast-feed up to nine years, longer than any other primate. That may help offspring survive food shortages. But humans may have gained a survival advantage from weaning earlier.