Panthers roam in rural Collier County, in southwest Florida. As the Florida state animal's population has grown, wildlife officials may seek to take the panther off the endangered species list. Courtesy of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida hide caption

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Environment

On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

From a low of about 20, the population of Florida's state animal has grown to about 200 — enough, wildlife officials say, to warrant taking them off the endangered species list. Not everyone agrees.

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Standing in their backyard in Cochas Grande, Peru, Katya and Blanca Cantos, hold the fruit of their labor. The gourd at left shows scenes from a potato harvest. The just-started gourd at right will tell the story of an ancestor's epic trek. Josh Cogan/Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archive, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'Art

They can spend up to two months on a single gourd, creating scenes that tell a story. Think of it as a graphic gourd novel.

St. Laurentius, a polish Catholic church in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, was closed in March amid fears that it would collapse. Since then, the community has pushed back to save the historic building. Kim Paynter/WHYY hide caption

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In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church WHYY

The Philadelphia Archdiocese has plans to demolish the city's oldest Polish church, but it's facing strong resistance: Longtime parishioners and neighborhood newcomers have joined forces in protest.

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The popular Reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, have shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site. Screengrab from Reddit.com hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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Former Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, is the first man in the world to fly a jet-fitted wing. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Yves Rossy flies like Superman. But instead of a cape, he uses 7-foot-long wings and four engines. "You are like in a parallel world that normally doesn't exist," he says. "It's beautiful."

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Mammoths had a distinctive version of a gene known to play a role in sensing outside temperature, moderating the biology of fat, and regulating hair growth. That bit of DNA likely helped mammoths thrive in cold weather, scientists say. Courtesy of Giant Screen Films, 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC/Penn State University hide caption

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Science

Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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All Tech Considered

How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And Apple Disagree

When you're buying a smartphone, chances are you don't dig too deeply into the personal assistant. Google aims to change that — and in the process, it's testing our appetite for privacy in a big way.

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Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez could make for an intimidating figure — especially if you were trying to date his daughter. Courtesy of the Benavidez Garcia family hide caption

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For A Medal Of Honor Recipient, Wounds Of War Lingered Into Fatherhood

Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez led a mission to save eight soldiers in Vietnam — and nearly died in the process. Decades later, his daughter recalls a father who believed honor wasn't won, but earned.

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