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Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

NPR | Nov. 26, 2015 5:21 a.m.

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

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As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

NPR | Nov. 24, 2015 3:08 p.m.

Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

Nation | Flora and Fauna

One Of The World's Last Northern White Rhinos Has Died

NPR | Nov. 23, 2015 12:08 p.m.

One of only four known northern white rhinoceroses was euthanized at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

The Bullfrog And Thistle: Can The Northwest Eat Its Way Out Of Ecological Threats?

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 23, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

A group of Oregon ecologists is taking a bite out of the problem of invasive species – with Cajun-fried bullfrog legs and invasive crayfish dip. They even have a cookbook full of dishes that put invasive species on the menu.

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Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

NPR | Nov. 20, 2015 11:36 p.m.

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.

Science | Flora and Fauna | Food

Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years

NPR | Nov. 20, 2015 3:01 p.m.

Bees play a vital role in pollinating the crops we eat. Turns out, that relationship with agriculture began shortly after the rise of settled farming, new research shows.

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Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat, FDA Says

NPR | Nov. 19, 2015 10:42 p.m.

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said Thursday that a salmon genetically modified to grow faster is safe for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.

Flora and Fauna

Yellowstone Park Proposes Cull Of 1,000 Bison This Winter

NPR | Nov. 19, 2015 1:34 p.m.

The park proposes killing mostly cows and calves in this year's annual cull. The park's bison population neared 5,000 this summer: a 15-year-old agreement with Montana calls for a population of 3,000.

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Premium, Young And Natural: The Turkey Labels We Cluck-Cluck Over

NPR | Nov. 19, 2015 12:04 p.m.

Turkeys these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of jargon for the wannabe informed Thanksgiving turkey buyer.

Nation | Science | Flora and Fauna | Technology

NIH Retires The Last Of Its Research Chimps

NPR | Nov. 19, 2015 5:53 a.m.

After retiring hundreds of research chimpanzees in 2013, the National Institute of Health said that 50 remaining chimps would no longer be used for medical studies.