Flora and Fauna | Nation

PHOTOS: Meet Martha, World's Ugliest Dog

NPR | June 24, 2017 12:05 p.m.

At least that's the assessment of judges in Petaluma, Calif., where the mastiff took the crown at this year's World's Ugliest Dog Contest. And she defeated some formidable pupposition (also pictured).

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Nation | Science

'Cause For Serious Concern': Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes

NPR | June 24, 2017 5:06 a.m.

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

Flora and Fauna | World | Health

Snakebites Make The List Of 'Neglected Tropical Diseases'

NPR | June 24, 2017 4 a.m.

They claim about 100,000 lives a year. WHO has now put snakebites on its list of "neglected tropical diseases."

Flora and Fauna | Music | Nation

WATCH: It's Been A Long Week. So Here's A Gorilla Dancing In A Pool

NPR | June 23, 2017 2:02 p.m.

We'd explain further, but really, the headline kind of speaks for itself.

Flora and Fauna | Science | Nation

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

NPR | June 23, 2017 8:25 a.m.

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks they know why.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Nation

After 42 Years, Yellowstone Grizzly Will Be Taken Off Endangered Species List

NPR | June 22, 2017 1:37 p.m.

Citing a population rebound, the Interior Department has announced it plans to strip the bear of federal protection. But some groups are skeptical, and they've signaled they're prepared to resist.

Flora and Fauna | World | Health

China's Doggy Debate: Dog Meat Lovers Vs. Dog Lovers

NPR | June 22, 2017 10:58 a.m.

The country's changing attitudes toward pets are highlighted by the annual dog meat festival in Yulin City. The government issues a ban on dog meat sale, then promptly reversed it.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Technology | Science

Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

NPR | June 22, 2017 10:05 a.m.

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the nocturnal insects avoid predators.

Flora and Fauna | World | Health

Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

NPR | June 22, 2017 7:18 a.m.

Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?

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Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

NPR | June 22, 2017 4 a.m.

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

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