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crustaceans

A Czech Brewery's Newest Employees Are 5 Crayfish

Changes in their behavior tell brewers whether their water is clean enough.
September 29, 2017
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cryptids

Why Did the Tasmanian Tiger Disappear From Mainland Australia 3,000 Years Ago?

Climate may have played a bigger role than previously thought.
September 28, 2017
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underwater

Scientists Are Just Starting to Understand Earth's Eighth Continent, Zealandia

It wasn't always under all that water.
September 27, 2017
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pollution

An Eel-Inspired Robot Is Scientists' Newest Pollution-Sniffer

It swims, it slithers, and it samples.
September 27, 2017
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fires

How Wildfire Smoke Affects the Flavor of Wine

It can make a Chardonnay taste like an ashtray, thanks to chemistry.
September 26, 2017
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genetics

Scientists Have a New Tool for Improving Food Security in West Africa

The white Guinea yam's genome could help researchers make a staple crop hardier.
September 25, 2017
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disease

The Tsetse Fly Has Strange, Sucker-Tipped Fingers on Its Mouth

New images could help scientists better understand how the flies transmit deadly sleeping sickness.
September 22, 2017
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asteroids

Hubble Spotted a Strange New Object in Our Solar System

It's kind of a comet and kind of an asteroid that orbits itself, and it could tell us something about early Earth.
September 21, 2017
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pants week

One Doctor's Quest to Reveal the Perils of Polyester Pants

A sexological tale of static electricity, male contraception, and dogs in pants.
September 21, 2017
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birds

Mexico's Monk Parakeet Population Has Exploded

Tracking the policy changes in Europe and Mexico that caused a charming green plague.
September 20, 2017
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storms

Hurricane Irma Has Left the Caribbean Brown and Barren

Winds up to 185 miles per hour stripped trees bare, but the vegetation will gradually return.
September 19, 2017
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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
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wind

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
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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
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asia

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
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squirrel

Squirrels Organize Their Nuts to Make Them Easier to Remember

Mixed nuts are for amateurs.
September 13, 2017
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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
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lightning

Watch Lightning Burst Around Hurricane Irma's Eye

NASA's lightning-mapping satellite might help predict the behavior of massive storms.
September 11, 2017
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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 8, 2017
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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 7, 2017
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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 6, 2017
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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 5, 2017
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lobster

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

Many genetic mutations, together in one place.
September 1, 2017
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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