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    • Could the Dinos of 'Jurassic World' Become Invasive?

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
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    Last weekend I watched Jurassic Park for the first time in years. Still awed by the seemingly realistic, long-extinct animals, I started wondering: What would happen if they escaped the remote Pacific island where they had been created and made it to land? The only dino in the movie series to make it to a continent was a Tyrannosaurus rex in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. And it had been shipped to San Diego by stupid humans.

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    • Flight Delayed: There's a Coyote on the Runway

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    In February 2007, two planes headed for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport diverted their landings at the last minute. The reason: There were coyotes on the runway.

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    • Where an Ant Goes When It's Gotta Go

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Most of us think ants are unsanitary; it certainly seems that way when they’ve invaded our homes. But scientists have spotted ant behaviors that show that the insects are cleaner than you might think.

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    • Some Seabirds Will Be Hit Hard by Sea Level Rise

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    February 2011 was a bad month for seabirds living on the Midway, Kure and Laysan atolls. A winter storm swept across this portion of the North Pacific, with winds exceeding 115 kilometers per hour that whipped water across the low-lying islands.

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    • Insects May Undermine Trees’ Ability to Store Carbon

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Insects may Undermine Trees’ Ability to Store Carbon.

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    • De-Extinction Probably Isn't Worth It

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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    The prospect of resurrecting mammoths is back in the news after Harvard geneticist George Church announced last month that he may be only two years away from creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid fetus. That’s still a long way from a living mammoth — let alone herds of the animals — and scientists are skeptical that Church will be successful with even a hybrid fetus. The scientific hurdles that will have to be overcome are huge.

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    • Life in the Polar Ocean is Surprisingly Active in the Dark Winter

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Scientists have long thought that in the supercold, perpetually dark, polar winter, life pretty much shuts down. 

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    • Invasive Species May Be Great Snacks for Predators

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Some people say that we should eat invasive species like lionfish and kudzu to help put the brakes on their out-of-control spread. .

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    • Warming Arctic Will Let Atlantic and Pacific Fish Mix

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Climate change is heating up the planet, and species are moving toward the poles, up mountains and deeper into the oceans. For most, there’s a natural end to this journey - the edge of a continent, for instance, or the summit of a mountain.

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    • For a Python, Every Meal is Like Thanksgiving

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving is an excuse to gorge on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, despite the warnings that overeating, even for a day, can be incredibly unhealthy. But for a Burmese python, enormous meals are the norm. These huge snakes - they can reach up to 6.7 meters in length - may go weeks or months without eating, so they have to make their meals count. And they have many adaptations that let them consume quantities of food that would be impossible for a human to take in.

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    • Before You Plant This Spring, Consider the Birds

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Cities are brimming with wildlife. There are coyotes, bats, insects and, of course, birds, to name a few. Of those groups, the birds are probably the ones that most people care about, and the species that we most want to encourage to make homes in our yards. But how much do our backyards really matter?

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    • Little African Cats Need Big Parks

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    As much as I love my own kitty, I have to admit that the domestic cat (Felis sylvestris catus) has become quite the menace around the world. The cat’s power to be a bird-killing machine often gets the most attention, but its ability to breed with wild members of its species also poses a big threat. In some places, such as Scotland, the local wildcat population has been largely replaced by genetically distinct hybrids.

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    • Growth of Mining on Land May Promote Invasions at Sea

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Some 90 percent of the world’s trade spends at least part of its journey at sea. Ships carry everything from oil to cars to food to rubber duckies. They also carry huge amounts of ballast water to increase their stability. When the weight of the water isn’t needed - because the ship has taken on cargo, for instance - it gets discharged.

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    • Rising Temperatures May Cause Problems for Cold-blooded Critters

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    Last year in the pages of Science News, I tried to answer a question: Will the world’s plants, animals and other organisms be able to adapt to climate change? There wasn’t an easy answer to that question, in part because the effects of climate change are varied and also because there are several ways for organisms to “adapt.”

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    • Lazy Sunfish Are Actually Active Predators

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    f you spot an ocean sunfish (Mola mola) near the surface of the water, you might be amazed by its size. These are, after all, the biggest of all the teleost fish (the group of ray-finned fishes that includes many of the species we like to eat), and they can grow as large as 1,000 kilograms. You may also think the fish are nothing but lazy sunbathers.

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    • Eggs and Other Land Foods Won.t Feed Polar Bears

    • By:  Sarah Zielinski
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    • Length: 3 mins
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    Polar bears are in for some change. Their Arctic sea ice homes are quickly disappearing. There.s some research showing that polar bears will be OK when the ice is all gone and they are forced to live life completely on land.

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    • Tortoises Provide a Window into the Illegal Wildlife Trade

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    When you think about the illegal trade in wildlife, large, charismatic species usually come to mind, like elephants or tigers, or perhaps the weirdly armored pangolin, the world’s most trafficked animal, valued for its meat and scales.

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    • African Herbivores Share Space but Not Diet

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    There’s a good reason why so many people want to go on an African safari - savannas in Kenya and other countries are home to plenty of large, photogenic animals, including elephants, giraffes and lions. Who wouldn’t want to see those creatures up close?

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    • Ecotourism Could Bring New Dangers to Animals

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    Ecotourism seems like it should be a win-win. Visitors get to experience exciting, often exotic locales and see creatures in their natural habitats. The money raised through these visits goes to local communities and to preserving ecosystems.

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    • Birds Learn What Danger Sounds Like

    • By: Sarah Zielinski
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    It may not be polite to eavesdrop, but sometimes, listening in on others’ conversations can provide valuable information. And in this way, humans are like most other species in the animal world, where eavesdropping is a common way of gathering information about potential dangers.

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