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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
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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
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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
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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
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frog

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
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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
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eclipse

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
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eclipse

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
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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
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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
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diatoms

Antarctica's Ice Hides 91 Newly Described Volcanoes

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

3 Corpse Flowers Are About to Bloom in Washington, D.C.

They're expected to open up right around the solar eclipse on August 21.
August 11, 2017
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eclipse

The Unique Science Experiments Planned for the Eclipse

Scientists across the U.S. are set to take advantage of a rare set of conditions on August 21.
August 10, 2017
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science

Chimps Can Learn Rock-Paper-Scissors

They're about as good at the game as a human four-year-old.
August 10, 2017
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wine

This Wine Is Made in a Warehouse, Instead of a Winery

Is wine really wine without the grapes?
August 9, 2017
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africa

Ghana's First Satellite Is Now in Orbit

It is monitoring the nation's coastline and even beaming music down to Earth.
August 8, 2017
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sea

This Ship Is Not Sinking—It's Flipping for Science

FLIP sits up to provide a stable, quiet research platform.
August 8, 2017
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smoking

Adding Cigarette Butts to Asphalt Can Improve Roads

It also prevents their noxious chemicals from leaching into waterways.
August 7, 2017
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communism

A Discarded Communist Statue From Ukraine Has a New Home in Manchester

Friedrich Engels now looks upon the city where he studied the working class.
August 7, 2017
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solar system

Neptune's New Surprise Storm Is Nearly as Big as Earth

The ice giant's atmosphere is pretty chaotic.
August 4, 2017
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spiders

These Australian Spiders Crossed an Ocean on a Land Raft

Don't worry, their seafaring days are over.
August 3, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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onions

Scientists Now Know Exactly Why Onions Make You Cry

They've unlocked the chemical secrets of an irritating molecule.
August 2, 2017
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reptiles

A Dam in Brazil Has Altered the Course of Evolution

For geckos, which evolved larger heads to dine on termites.
August 1, 2017
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ecology

Gas and Oil Pumps Are a Boon to Parasitic Cowbirds

And prairie songbirds are paying the price.
July 31, 2017