Year in Review: Science Stories of 2011

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New England Fishermen Brace For Cod Restrictions

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A group of harbor porpoises in San Francisco Bay, photographed from the Golden Gate Bridge. Harbor porpoises haven't been seen in the bay since the 1930s. Researchers believe World War II activity may have contributed to their disappearance. The Navy strung a seven-mile underwater net across the mouth of the bay to keep out enemy submarines. William Keener/Golden Gate Cetacean Research hide caption

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60 Years After Leaving, Porpoises Again Play In SF Bay

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A Kemp's ridley sea turtle like this one traveled 4,600 miles across the Atlantic ocean in 2008. After being rehabilitated in Portugal, it is being reintroduced into its native Gulf of Mexico waters on Tuesday. US EPA via flickr hide caption

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Endangered Turtle Survives Trans-Atlantic Journey

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A Pigeon's Potential: Learning Abstract Numbers

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Northern cardinals have higher-pitched songs, but those sounds can get garbled in cities, so they've started to sing a little lower. Dr. Scott M. Lieberman/AP hide caption

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To Flirt In Cities, Birds Adjust Their Pitch

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Birders Fan Out to Count Feathered Friends

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Searching For A Ghost Bird

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A tufted capuchin uses a stone hammer to crack open a nut in Brazil's Parnaiba Headwaters National Park. Ben Cranke/Getty Images hide caption

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Myth Busting: The Truth About Animals And Tools

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Ornithologist Discusses Causes Of Bird Downings

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A chimpanzee eats a coconut at the Alamogordo Primate Facility at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in an undated photo from the National Institutes of Health. A plan to move chimps that had retired to the facility after being subjects of medical experiments sparked controversy and a review of research policies. AP hide caption

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Biomedical Research Using Chimps Curtailed

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Purrfection: $13 Million Will Buy A Lot Of Catnip

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Python Could Help Treat Heart Disease

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