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Antarctic Beetle Species Discovery Doubles As Birthday Gift To Scientists' Mentor

NPR | Nov. 30, 2016 3:04 p.m.

Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.

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Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

NPR | Nov. 30, 2016 8:53 a.m.

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop. And they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans, who began experimenting with farming about 12,000 years ago.

Flora and Fauna | World

Abused Animals Find Refuge In A New Sanctuary In Jordan

NPR | Nov. 28, 2016 4:08 p.m.

A new wild animal preserve in Jordan has opened its doors to rescued wildlife in one of the Middle East's biggest animal trafficking routes. Here's a look at that sanctuary.

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Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

NPR | Nov. 28, 2016 1:37 p.m.

Our canine pals remember lots of facts, like where to find the food bowl. Now there's evidence they also have aspects of "episodic memory," which allow them to relive experiences and events.

Education | Flora and Fauna | Nation

How To Teach A Sea Lion Who's Fussy About Grammar

NPR | Nov. 25, 2016 3:29 p.m.

At the New England Aquarium, seals don't just cruise around their tank — they go to school each day. And their teacher has a lesson plan for each one.

Flora and Fauna | Nation

Bei Bei OK! National Zoo's Panda Cub Recovering After Bowel Surgery

NPR | Nov. 25, 2016 2:01 p.m.

A team of veterinarians performed emergency surgery to remove a "dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo,"

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NPR News Nuggets: Happy Feet, Squirrel Attack & A Lasting Smell

NPR | Nov. 25, 2016 9:01 a.m.

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Nation

At This Vegan Thanksgiving Feast, They're Happy To Save Some Turkey

NPR | Nov. 25, 2016 8:41 a.m.

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey dinner — but at an animal sanctuary in Maryland, that means dinner with the turkeys. At this vegan feast, the animals dine before the humans.

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Heritage Turkeys Make A Comeback, But To Save Them We Must Eat Them

NPR | Nov. 23, 2016 4:08 p.m.

They're descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S. These birds taste much more like the turkeys that were on the table in the 17th century.

Flora and Fauna | Nation

Bronx Zoo Breaks World Record For Largest Display Of Origami Elephants

NPR | Nov. 21, 2016 2:50 p.m.

A world-record stampede of origami elephants has arrived at the Bronx Zoo, as part of a campaign to raise awareness about poaching.