David Kestenbaum David Kestenbaum is a science correspondent for NPR. His job allows him to combine his extensive background in physics with his love of broadcast journalism.

Pay up, or the bird gets it. (A hoatzin perches on a branch in Yasuni National Park.) Pablo Cozzaglio/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Give Me The Money Or I'll Shoot The Trees'

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Why Is The Government In The Flood Insurance Business?

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Hedge Fund Titans Bet Billions On Success Or Failure Of 'Herbalife'

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The North Dakota Town Where A One-Bedroom Apartment Rents For $2,100 A Month

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What A Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Can Teach Us About The Fiscal Cliff

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UBS To Pay $1.5 Billion In Fines Over Libor Scandal

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Why A Principal Created His Own Currency

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Why Mexico Is The World's Biggest Exporter Of Flat-Screen TVs

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How The Government Set Up A Fake Bank To Launder Drug Money

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A Sequester Is A 'Jelly-Like Mass,' And Other Notes On Fiscal-Cliff Jargon

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