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Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

NPR | Sept. 29, 2016 9:49 a.m.

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

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What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

NPR | Sept. 29, 2016 4:43 a.m.

What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat.

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Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

NPR | Sept. 29, 2016 2 a.m.

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

NPR | Sept. 28, 2016 3:29 p.m.

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.

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Pangolin, The 'Artichoke With Legs,' Earns Top Trade Protection

NPR | Sept. 28, 2016 12:45 p.m.

World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, a small and endangered mammal that also resembles an aardvark.

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Conservation Groups Sue Over Oregon's Wolf Delisting

AP | Sept. 23, 2016 8:41 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Conservation groups argue in a new lawsuit that Oregon violated its own Endangered Species Act by removing the endangered status of gray wolves.

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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Recommended For Endangered List

AP | Sept. 23, 2016 8:10 a.m. | Portland

If approved, the species would be the first bee listed as endangered in the continental United States, says the Portland-based group that petitioned the bee be added to the list.

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Farmworker Groups Seek Ban On Pesticide

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m. | Portland

Farmworker advocacy groups are pushing for a ban on a pesticide that can damage the nervous system. 

Nation | Flora and Fauna

Bear Leads Police On Wild Chase Through The Streets Of Anchorage, Alaska

NPR | Sept. 21, 2016 3:44 p.m.

"He was doing his bear thing, and before he knew it he was in the city," an official told a local newspaper. The animal wove through oncoming traffic and jogged past a Pizza Hut before it was caught.

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A Cow With No Name: Google Blurs Bovine Face For Privacy

NPR | Sept. 16, 2016 3:41 p.m.

"We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos," Google told the BBC. But it's true — automatic identity protection kept this passing animal incowgnito.