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This Parrot Has An 'Infectious Laugh,' Scientists Say

NPR | March 22, 2017 11:27 p.m.

The researchers say that when the highly intelligent kea parrots hear a call associated with play, they start playful tussling, aerial acrobatics, or throwing objects into the air.

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Accelerated Restoration Coming To Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

East Oregonian | March 22, 2017 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved a massive proposal to treat more than 100,000 acres on the Wallowa Valley Ranger District north of Enterprise.

Flora and Fauna | Science

How One Of The World's Toughest Creatures Can Bring Itself Back To Life

NPR | March 22, 2017 9:10 a.m.

The tardigrade, a strange animal smaller than a grain of sand and with hooks for feet, can survive in a dried-up state for a decade. Its secret might help improve how drugs are shipped and stored.

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Why More Farmers Are Making The Switch To Grass-Fed Meat And Dairy

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:07 a.m.

Advocates of grass-grazing cattle say it's better for the environment and the animals. But there's another upside: Grass-fed meat and dairy fetch a premium that can help small farms stay viable.

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The Thai Turtle That Ate Hundreds Of Coins Has Died

NPR | March 21, 2017 9:40 a.m.

The green sea turtle drew international sympathy when it emerged that she had consumed nearly 1,000 coins that had been thrown into her pool. She died despite two emergency surgeries.

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Avian Adventures: Passion, Technology Feed The World Of Rare Bird Chasing

NPR | March 19, 2017 5:01 a.m.

For some, seeing birds is more than a pastime. It's an adventure. And although chasing rare birds is an activity so rooted in nature, technology is playing a key role.

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In March Mammal Madness, Our Money's On The Giant Pouched Rat

NPR | March 17, 2017 1:33 p.m.

Because what mammal can take down a rodent that sniffs out land mines as well as TB — and jumps 5 feet in the air? Surely not tonight's competitor, the maned wolf.

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Groovy: Scientists Say They've Found The First Fluorescent Frog

NPR | March 16, 2017 3:40 p.m.

The South American polka dot tree frog initially appears unremarkable. But when researchers in Argentina shined an ultraviolet light on the frog, it glowed.

Flora and Fauna | Nation

Mitch Seavey Wins Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Sets 2 Records

NPR | March 15, 2017 12:21 p.m.

Seavey, who previously won the Iditarod in 2013 and 2004, became the fastest and the oldest musher to win the race. He also beat his son, defending champion Dallas Seavey.

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Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

NPR | March 14, 2017 6:50 a.m.

Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.