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We're Not the Only Primate With Unsustainable Eating Habits
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monkey islands

We're Not the Only Primate With Unsustainable Eating Habits

Monkeys using tools in Thailand might be driving their prey to extinction.
September 18, 2017
Smoke From North American Wildfires Made It All the Way to France
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Smoke From North American Wildfires Made It All the Way to France

"It’s going to take a while for everything to dissipate."
September 15, 2017
A Short History of Epically Destroying Spacecraft in the Name of Science
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solar system

A Short History of Epically Destroying Spacecraft in the Name of Science

Cassini isn't the first space probe to go out in a blaze of glory—and it won't be the last.
September 15, 2017
Snow Leopards Are Finally No Longer Listed as Endangered
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Snow Leopards Are Finally No Longer Listed as Endangered

Conservation efforts and correcting an estimation error mean the elusive cats are now considered vulnerable.
September 14, 2017
Squirrels Organize Their Nuts to Make Them Easier to Remember
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Squirrels Organize Their Nuts to Make Them Easier to Remember

Mixed nuts are for amateurs.
September 13, 2017
Behold a Flame's Mesmerizing Ionic Wind
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fire

Behold a Flame's Mesmerizing Ionic Wind

Fire scientists can now create 3D images of the behavior of flames in certain conditions.
September 12, 2017
Watch Lightning Burst Around Hurricane Irma's Eye
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storms

Watch Lightning Burst Around Hurricane Irma's Eye

NASA's lightning-mapping satellite might help predict the behavior of massive storms.
September 11, 2017
Scientists Have a New Way to Listen to the Songs of Mice
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rodents

Scientists Have a New Way to Listen to the Songs of Mice

The little rodents make a lot of noise, mostly out of the range of human hearing.
September 08, 2017
The Ceiling for Unpowered Flight Just Went Up 2,000 Feet
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feats

The Ceiling for Unpowered Flight Just Went Up 2,000 Feet

The Perlan 2 glider team is aiming much, much higher, and doing science on the way.
September 07, 2017
The Quest to Rediscover New Zealand's Lost Pink and White Terraces
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landscapes

The Quest to Rediscover New Zealand's Lost Pink and White Terraces

A German diary from 1859 might point the way to a geothermal wonder buried by a volcanic eruption.
September 06, 2017
A View of Saturn's Rings From the Inside, Courtesy of Cassini
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planets

A View of Saturn's Rings From the Inside, Courtesy of Cassini

The 20-year-old satellite is still sending back images during its swan dive into the planet's atmosphere.
September 05, 2017
A Rare Yellow Lobster Joins a Boston Aquarium's Lobster Rainbow
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lobster

A Rare Yellow Lobster Joins a Boston Aquarium's Lobster Rainbow

Many genetic mutations, together in one place.
September 01, 2017
Why Some Plants Have Huge Leaves and Others Have Tiny Ones
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climate change

Why Some Plants Have Huge Leaves and Others Have Tiny Ones

It comes down to the risk of overheating or freezing.
August 31, 2017
These Bats Don't Let Scorpion Stings Get in the Way of a Tasty Meal
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pain

These Bats Don't Let Scorpion Stings Get in the Way of a Tasty Meal

Their immunity to venom could lead to new treatments for pain.
August 31, 2017
Squirrels Are Unintentionally Luring Bears to Railroad Tracks
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rodents

Squirrels Are Unintentionally Luring Bears to Railroad Tracks

Train cars leak seeds, rodents collect them, and bears show up for easy meals.
August 30, 2017
Ancient Romans Were Using Lead Pipes Earlier Than We Thought
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archaeology

Ancient Romans Were Using Lead Pipes Earlier Than We Thought

Soil samples provide a record of Roman water usage.
August 29, 2017
How a Hawk and Its Serpentine Meal Sparked a Montana Wildfire
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snakes

How a Hawk and Its Serpentine Meal Sparked a Montana Wildfire

Animal arson isn't actually all that rare.
August 28, 2017
Meet the World's Newest Pig-Nosed Purple Frog
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Meet the World's Newest Pig-Nosed Purple Frog

Members of this unusual species spend most of their lives underground, only emerging during monsoon rains.
August 25, 2017
The Wonders at Risk in Bears Ears National Monument
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national monument

The Wonders at Risk in Bears Ears National Monument

Treasures of geology, paleontology, and archaeology may be affected by changes to the monument's boundaries.
August 24, 2017
If You Missed This Year’s Eclipse, Chase Another
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If You Missed This Year’s Eclipse, Chase Another

Starting in 2019, there will be other opportunities to catch totality—or see it again if you’re hooked.
August 21, 2017
How New York City's Electrical Utilities Observed the 1925 Eclipse
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energy

How New York City's Electrical Utilities Observed the 1925 Eclipse

The predecessors to ConEdison wanted to know how an eclipse affected the grid.
August 21, 2017
Meet the Bipes: Lizards With Only Two Legs
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reptiles

Meet the Bipes: Lizards With Only Two Legs

You're forgiven for thinking they look like earthworms.
August 17, 2017
Giving Trees Probiotics Can Help Clean Up Superfund Sites
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bacteria

Giving Trees Probiotics Can Help Clean Up Superfund Sites

Scientists have found bacteria that like gobbling up a common toxic chemical.
August 15, 2017
Antarctica's Ice Hides 91 Newly Described Volcanoes
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diatoms

Antarctica's Ice Hides 91 Newly Described Volcanoes

And one of the largest proteins ever discovered.
August 14, 2017