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bones

Found: A 127-Million-Year-Old Fossil of a Fledgling

These tiny, prehistoric bones tell a story about flight.
March 5, 2018
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wax anatomy

How a Dead Philosopher Makes a Transatlantic Trip

Jeremy Bentham died 186 years ago. Now conservators are transporting his "auto-icon" from London to New York for the first time.
March 2, 2018
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evolution

How Many Species of Ravens Are There?

It's surprisingly hard to tell.
March 2, 2018
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mammal

How Whale Calls Change Over Time

They start out babbling, and get a lot more eloquent. Sound familiar?
February 27, 2018
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winter

Edmonton Embraces the Cold by Turning Park Paths Into Frozen Skating Trails

The capital of Alberta leans way in to its frigid winters.
February 27, 2018
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everyday wonder

How to Spot the Fossils Hiding in Plain Sight

Traces of prehistoric life are everywhere.
February 23, 2018
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ornithology collections

The Centuries-Old Mystery of How Florida Got Its Flamingos

How did these statuesque birds get to the peninsula, and where did they go?
February 22, 2018
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drones

Why Drones Are Counting Thousands of Decoy Ducks

To test the gadget's data skills, researchers speckled a beach with fake fowl.
February 20, 2018
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fatberg

How a Museum Cares for a Giant Chunk of Dried-Out Fat

A conservator shares the nitty-gritty details about taking a fatberg from the sewer to an exhibition.
February 16, 2018
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mammal

London Wants Its Hedgehogs Back

How do you make a city more hedgehog-friendly? Step 1: Drill some holes.
February 15, 2018
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ash

Making Pottery From the Ashes of the Sonoma Wildfires

A ceramicist is offering people who lost their homes a way to remember—and look to the future.
February 14, 2018
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photography

An Otherworldly Photograph of a Single Atom

It is suspended in the skinny gulf between two electrodes.
February 13, 2018
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genetics

The Bats That Never Get Old

They eventually die, but their cells stay forever young.
February 8, 2018
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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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ancient technology

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