• 7:57pm Oct 23, 2013
    World News World News Science Environment

    Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

    Diplomats are again meeting to consider setting aside a protected zone in the pristine waters around Antarctica, though their previous negotiations ended in failure. A scaled-back plan on the table this week would still create the largest marine preserve in the world.
  • 3:37pm Oct 22, 2013

    How Did The Chicken Cross The Road? In Style

    We all know why the chicken crossed the road. Now, a new product wants to make sure they get to the other side safely. As chickens become more popular as pets, the British company Omlet is selling high-visibility chicken jackets — tiny fluorescent safety vets for when they're on the streets.
  • 12:23pm Oct 18, 2013

    National Zoo's Panda Cam Is Back

    The camera feed was down for 16 days while the federal government was closed. When the site resumed, the panda had gained two pounds.
  • Animal spies, Washington
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    6:12pm Oct 13, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government

    Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

    Journalist Tom Vanderbilt discusses the nonhuman operatives — from pigeons to house cats — deployed by the United States government during the Cold War. He wrote about the program recently for the Smithsonian magazine.
  • Bob Adams is a lab animal veterinarian at Johns Hopkins University.
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    8:33pm Oct 10, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

    A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
  • 8:48am Oct 08, 2013

    The Truth About Lemmings, The Rodent, Not The Political Animal

    The faction of House Republicans leading the charge against the Affordable Care Act amid a partial government shutdown have been referred to as lemmings by those who believe they are committing political suicide. But as Renee Montagne explains, the idea that lemmings commit mass suicide is a myth.
  • Dawn and Don Burke opened a rat sanctuary, The Rat Retreat, in their home in Boise, Idaho. Most people don't realize what affectionate pets rats can be, Dawn says.
    11:12am Oct 07, 2013
    Science Science

    Out Of The Rat Race: Lucky Rodents Find Their Own 'Taj Mahal'

    Dawn and Don Burke never intended to turn their home into a rat sanctuary. But after Dawn brought home a rat from a pet store, it wasn't long until the couple began taking in abandoned rats. The rodents' cage doors stay wide open, giving them plenty of space to run around.
  • 11:11am Oct 05, 2013
    Science Science

    NYC Cockroaches Stick To Their Neighborhoods

    Cockroaches, it just so happens, actually resemble humans, forming distinct groups and neighborhoods. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Stoeckle of Rockefeller University, whose research uncovered this roach behavior.
  • 7:34am Sep 26, 2013

    Animal Park In England Enforces Strict Dress Code

    Officials at the Chessington World of Adventure noticed the animals getting really confused when they saw visitors in furs or leopard-print shirts.There will be bouncers enforcing the code, giving offending visitors bland gray jumpsuits to wear.
  • 5:06am Sep 26, 2013
    Science Science

    Ancient Fish Fossil Sheds Light On Modern Jaws

    A newly discovered fossil of a fish in China changes what scientists know about the origins of jaws. It turns out, human jaws are remarkably similar to the jaw of this 419-million-year-old fish. That suggests jaws evolved much earlier than previously thought.