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behavior

The Surprising Diversity Among Schools of Fish

They're not a homogenous crowd.
February 7, 2018
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knitting

The Most Adorable Way to Learn Anatomy Is With Knitted Organs

Using needles and yarn, a medical student is working his way through the human body.
February 6, 2018
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behavior

Rats Can Trade Favors

The wildly social rodents will work for snacks.
February 5, 2018
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brain

What's Going on Inside Woodpeckers' Brains?

Researchers pried open the skulls of birds in museum collections to take a closer look.
February 2, 2018
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birds

The Bird That Can Picture Its Predators

"Snake!"
February 2, 2018
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herring

The Curious Case of the American Landmark That Floated to Canada

An unlikely international incident surrounding a wayward brining shed.
February 1, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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recipe

When Ancient Writing Is an Art, Science, and Snack

If you're going to practice writing cuneiform, why not do it on a cookie?
January 30, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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bacteri

Human Waste Could Help Astronauts Grow Food in Space

Researchers enlisted microbes to create a model for a self-sustaining food web. But the finished meal looks like goo.
January 29, 2018
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technology

Tool-Wielding Crows Rustle Up the Most Snacks

The utensils are useful, but it's still unclear exactly how the corvids learn to make them.
January 26, 2018
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media

The Schmaltzy Reality Radio Dramas That Heralded Courtroom Television

Hear "Mediation Board" and meet A.L. Alexander, the schlocky but sincere host.
January 26, 2018
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plastic

The Staggering Scope of the Plastic Threat to Coral Reefs

Garbage floating in the ocean is likely to be swarming with bacteria, which can make corals sick.
January 25, 2018
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entomology

The Tiniest Parasitic Fly in the World Is Named After Arnold Schwarzenegger

It's just 0.395 millimeters long.
January 24, 2018
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silent film

Keeping the Art of Silent Film Music Alive

Nearly a century after talkies stole the show, composers, musicians, and audiences are still playing along.
January 23, 2018
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fungus

The Fungus That Could Patch Up Cracking Buildings

What if concrete could heal itself from the inside out?
January 22, 2018
Gastro Obscura
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food art

Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate

To better understand the distant past, it can help to taste and smell it.
January 19, 2018
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wishlist

Wishlist: A Compelling Appreciation of Old-School Hard Work

"Cræft," Alexander Langlands' excellent book, is part history, part travelog, and part hay-making manual.
January 19, 2018
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dinosaurs

Why More Animals Don't Use Their Tails as Weapons

By wielding their built-in defenses, some prehistoric creatures thwacked enemies hard enough to crack bone.
January 18, 2018
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paleontology

How We Know That This Dinosaur Had Bright, Audacious Plumage

Microscopic structures hint at an iridescent past.
January 15, 2018
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radio

When Quackery on the Radio Was a Public Health Crisis

In the 1920s and 30s, regulators and experts grappled with how to stop the sale of dubious devices and miracle cures over the airwaves.
January 12, 2018
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volcanoes

What We Can Learn From Mapping a Massive Underwater Volcano

Researchers sent an autonomous underwater vehicle and a robot to study Havre, which erupted in 2012.
January 11, 2018
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railroads

Mapping the Ghostly Traces of Abandoned Railroads

An interactive, crowdsourced atlas plots vanished transit routes.
January 9, 2018
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journeys

Found: The Owner of the Camera That Recorded Its Own Disappearance

A reunion after hundreds of miles and months at sea.
January 8, 2018
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mathematics

Found: A Special, Mind-Bogglingly Large Prime Number

It's more than 23 million digits long, if you're counting.
January 5, 2018
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reptiles

Found: A New Species of Lizard in a Dinosaur's Stomach

A prehistoric snack is now thought to be a previously unknown species.
January 3, 2018