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Ken Rapopo throws a pigeon in the air during a practice flight. This male pigeon will fly about 2 miles back to the winner's circle to find its female partner. Rapopo reports the bird's movements by walkie-talkie until it disappears from view. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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The Pigeon Racers Of Indonesia

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After the pigeons are fitted with pollution sensors, they are released into different parts of London. Londoners can then get live air quality readings via Twitter. Rich Preston/NPR hide caption

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Pigeons Are London's Newest Pollution Fighters

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