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    Danger Zones for Blue Whales?

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    African Elephants Are Superior Smellers

    The large mammals have 2,000 genes related to smell, the most ever discovered in an animal, a new study says.


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    Warming a Boost to Reindeer

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    Sourcing Your Aquarium Fish

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    Can Snowshoe Hares Outrun Warming?

    The North American animals, which turn white each winter, may adapt to less snow by staying brown for longer periods, researchers suggest.


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    Powerful genetic engineering technology could fight invasive species—but scientists warn that battle comes with risks.



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