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The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements

NPR | Sept. 19, 2017 7:32 a.m.

Technology allows mapping of wildlife movements with new precision — and a fresh approach to conservation — as evidenced by Where the Animal Go, released Tuesday in the U.S., says Barbara J. King.

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VIDEO: Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio

NPR | Sept. 15, 2017 7:44 a.m.

North America's largest amphibian, the Hellbender salamander, is in trouble. They are endangered in several states. A team in Ohio is trying to save them before it's too late.

Science | World | Flora and Fauna

Good News For Snow Leopards, Bad News For Ash Trees

NPR | Sept. 14, 2017 3:59 p.m.

Snow leopards are no longer on the verge of extinction, a new assessment found. However, the situation is looking dire for five species of ash trees, now listed as "Critically Endangered."

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It's Like An 'Electric-Fence Sensation,' Says Scientist Who Let An Eel Shock His Arm

NPR | Sept. 14, 2017 2:47 p.m.

A neurobiologist noticed something strange whenever he tried to fish out electric eels in his lab using a net with a metal rim and handle. So he decided to roll up his sleeves and investigate.

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If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 1:40 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

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Pet Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

NPR | Sept. 13, 2017 12:53 p.m.

Adorable fuzzy puppies aren't usually thought of as disease vectors. But they come with germs, too. It's not clear how pet-store puppies caused dozens of humans to get sick with Campylobacter.

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'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

NPR | Sept. 13, 2017 8:14 a.m.

In the 1950s, the poultry industry began dunking birds in antibiotic baths. It was supposed to keep meat fresher and healthier. That's not what happened, as Maryn McKenna recounts in her new book.

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Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

NPR | Sept. 13, 2017 8:13 a.m.

New rules — such as giving chickens more space to roam — were approved by the Obama administration, but put on hold under Trump. Now the organic industry is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Manatees Rescued After Irma Leaves Them High And Dry In Sarasota Bay

NPR | Sept. 11, 2017 11:44 a.m.

When the approaching storm sucked the water out of the shallow bay in Florida, it left a pair of manatees stuck on the bottom. Good Samaritans and Manatee County sheriff's deputies helped out.

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Drug For 'Neglected' Chagas Disease Gains FDA Approval Amid Price Worries

NPR | Sept. 10, 2017 3 a.m.

U.S. doctors treating Chagas disease have long wanted FDA approval for a treatment that's widely used in Latin America. But when Martin Shkreli took interest, those doctors panicked — then mobilized.