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Study finds that elephants evolved the most discerning nose of any mammal

Study finds that elephants evolved the most discerning nose of any mammal

Elephant noses might be the most discerning mammalian sniffers on the planet. According to a new study published Tuesday in Genome Research, African elephants may best humans, mice and even dogs on the measure of olfactory receptor genes.

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Step right up to Mexico's 'circus wars'

Step right up to Mexico's 'circus wars'

Feelings are running high since Mexico City's ban on most circus animals.

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Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

Hunt on for possible anaconda in New Jersey lake

JEFFERSON, N.J. (AP) — Reports of a 16-foot-long exotic snake — possibly an anaconda — slithering through New Jersey's largest lake have stoked fears among residents and led to searches and questions about what exactly is in the water.

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Don't like spiders? They help us

"If spiders disappeared, we would face famine," says Platnick, who studies arachnids.

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Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday.

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Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

FILE - This June 18, 2009 file photo shows cows grazing in Rock County, Neb. Compared to the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases connected to global warming per calorie, puts out six times as much nitrogen for water pollution, takes 11 times more water fo…

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Beef may be your plate's biggest polluter

Beef may be your plate's biggest polluter

Raising beef for the American dinner table does more damage than pork. 

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, an eye glass holder in the shape of a shark rests on a shelf in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, vacationer Mark McCurdy, of Everett, Mass., examines shark-themed clothing at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham, Mass. Growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs as residents and tourists seek a glimpse o…

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, a T-shirt with a likeness of a shark incorporating an American flag rests on a shelf in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and …

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, a bottle opener in the likeness of a shark hangs from a hook in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, a painting of a shark is on display in a shop window in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, Jennifer Eldredge, of Harwich, Mass., examines shark-themed clothing at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham, Mass. Growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod are generating business for local entrepreneurs as residents and tourists seek a glimpse of the …

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

In this July 2, 2014 photo, a bin is filled with plastic toy sharks in a souvenir shop in Chatham, Mass. With growing sightings of great white sharks off Cape Cod, local entrepreneurs are feeding the frenzy with their shark-themed memorabilia and apparel. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Molly Saint-James, of Baltimore, helps her daughters Ellie McDonald, left, 6, and Poppy McDonald, 3, use telescopic viewers in hopes of sighting a shark.

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Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

Shark-themed clothing is on display at the Chatham Clothing Bar in Massachusetts. Sightings of great white sharks have brought a boom in T-shirts and souvenirs.

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human-smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?”

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors, most from Central America, were caught at the U.S. border from October to June.

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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South African park considers rhino evacuation

A mural in Johannesburg calls for the halt to rhino poaching. About 560 rhinos have been poached in South Africa in 2014.

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South African park considers rhino evacuation

South African park considers rhino evacuation

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s Kruger National Park is considering a plan to move some rhinos out of the flagship wildlife reserve in an attempt to protect them from poachers.

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