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Bajau diver spear fishing

DAY JOB A Bajau diver, spear in hand, fishes off the coast of Indonesia. Bajau divers spend 60 percent of their diving time completely underwater, comparable to sea otters.

polar bear

BEARS ON ICE  A study that put camera collars on polar bears showed that the bears have higher springtime metabolic rates than previous estimates.

sparrow

ABOUT THAT LIGHT Another reason for caution in lighting up the night comes from a study of house sparrow difficulties in fighting off West Nile virus, which mosquitoes biting the birds can then spread to people.

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