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A Sniff Test For Alzheimer's Checks For The Ability To Identify Odors

NPR | July 26, 2016 11:02 a.m.

New research suggests it may be possible to spot people in the early stages of Alzheimer's by testing their ability to recognize fragrances. The goal is a quick and inexpensive screening test.

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'Clone Sisters' Of Dolly The Sheep Are Alive And Kicking

NPR | July 26, 2016 8:09 a.m.

Dolly, the first cloned mammal, had early arthritis and died young, raising concerns that clones age prematurely. But a study confirms the sheep's four sister clones are healthy and aging well.

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Call The Pied Piper: New Zealand Wants To Get Rid Of Its Rats. All Of Them

NPR | July 26, 2016 7:48 a.m.

New Zealand has no native land mammals, except for bats. For decades it's waged war on invasive predators that threaten local species. Now the government has a more ambitious goal than containment.

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How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

NPR | July 25, 2016 4:51 p.m.

In the sweltering summer heat of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo gets creative in order to keep its guests and animals happy. That means things like popsicles made of cow blood for the big cats.

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How Wild Birds Team Up With Humans To Guide Them To Honey

NPR | July 25, 2016 10:59 a.m.

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale, but it's real. A new study shows how wild birds and people communicate so that, together, they can find bees' nests and share the sweet honeycomb.

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The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

NPR | July 23, 2016 9:18 p.m.

Fredrik Sjöberg had been hunting for hoverflies for 30 years. But his collection wasn't complete without the rare and beautiful Callicera fly.

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For These Cosplayers, Geeky Costumes Are The Cat's Pajamas

NPR | July 23, 2016 7 a.m.

Cosplay has been a fixture of the Comic-Con world for more than a decade. Should our pets be embracing the geekery, too?

Flora and Fauna | World

Larry The Cat Stays Put Amid Upheaval Of British Politics

NPR | July 21, 2016 2:07 p.m.

David Cameron is moving out of 10 Downing Street. But as the prime minister changes, the prime mouser is holding firm. Meet Larry, the U.K.'s fearless, allegedly feckless feline-in-chief.

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Larry The Cat Taken To Vet For Injury, Expected To Make Full Recovery

NPR | July 21, 2016 1:56 p.m.

Everyone's favorite British civil servant was observed limping on Wednesday. Some political observers suspect rival Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, is responsible for the prime mouser's wounds.

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To Avoid Malaria, Try Sleeping With A Chicken At Your Bedside

NPR | July 21, 2016 7:51 a.m.

A study finds that the Anopheles arabiensis species of mosquitoes, a major carrier of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, is repelled by the smell of chicken.