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Go Undercover With Northwest Shellfish Detectives

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 26, 2015 7:30 p.m. | OLYMPIA, Wash.

Poachers are illegally harvesting and selling Puget Sound shellfish in back-alley deals. Detectives are on the case, trying to protect natural resources and public health.

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Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

NPR | May 26, 2015 5:42 p.m.

Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.

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Family Foresters Nervously Eye Possible New Logging Rules

Jefferson Public Radio | May 26, 2015 12:05 p.m.

The federal government has been telling Oregon for over a decade that its rules to protect threatened coastal salmon are not up to snuff. Now, the state is faced with a loss of federal dollars unless it gets with the program.

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An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

NPR | May 25, 2015 11:56 a.m.

Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years, and only Australia has had more deaths during this span.

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

NPR | May 22, 2015 4:36 p.m.

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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Demand For Super-Sized Clams Keeps Poachers & Cops Busy

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 22, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Big money and human health are at stake when it comes to Puget Sound's most lucrative clams and the people charged with protecting them.

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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

NPR | May 22, 2015 2:54 p.m.

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

NPR | May 22, 2015 1:02 p.m.

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

NPR | May 21, 2015 1:25 p.m.

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

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First In Fish: 'Fully Warmblooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

NPR | May 21, 2015 12:12 p.m.

"It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out," a NOAA Fisheries biologist says.