Nation | Flora and Fauna | Science

How An Interview With A Shark Researcher Wound Up Starring A Shark

NPR | May 29, 2017 5:38 a.m.

Why have dozens of great sharks turned up around southern California beaches recently? Finding out the answer led to a close-up view of a baby great white shark — and the researcher who caught her.

Environment | Business | Flora and Fauna | Food | Science

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

NPR | May 27, 2017 5 a.m.

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.

Flora and Fauna | World

In Mexico, A Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Vaquita, On The Verge Of Extinction

NPR | May 26, 2017 10:59 p.m.

There are only 30 of the small porpoise left, due to over-fishing in the waters of the Gulf of California. Efforts to save the vaquita have pitted environmentalists against fishermen.

Nation | Flora and Fauna | Science

Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:57 a.m.

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Some Islanders Don't Dig Federal Plan To Dig In San Juan Islands Monument

KUOW | May 25, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Lopez Island, Washington

The Trump administration has given an initial thumbs-up for research students to dig in a rare wildflowers meadow in the San Juan Islands National Monument.

Science | Flora and Fauna | World

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

NPR | May 25, 2017 7:15 a.m.

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

Flora and Fauna | World

Girl Dragged Into Water By Sea Lion Treated For Possible 'Seal Finger' Infection

NPR | May 25, 2017 6:36 a.m.

The Canadian girl received a superficial wound and is being treated for a possible bacterial infection. Marine life experts warned she could be at risk for a rare infection known as seal finger.

Fish & Wildlife | Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

NPR | May 23, 2017 4:19 p.m.

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

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Rare Foxes Spotted In Oregon May Help California Population

AP | May 22, 2017 4:13 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Biologists are hoping a rare subspecies of foxes spotted in Oregon can help boost their number in California.  

Nation | Environment | Flora and Fauna

In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up

NPR | May 20, 2017 10:51 a.m.

For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.

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