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robots

The World Now Has a Scorpion-Milking Robot

Extracting venom for medical research just got a whole lot safer and easier.
July 3, 2017
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birds

Ducks Seen Murdering, Snacking on Fledglings

It's the first time mallards have been documented as killers.
June 30, 2017
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birds

Cockatoos, Somehow, Are Able to Drum a Consistent Beat

Only humans are as good at keeping rhythm in the animal kingdom.
June 29, 2017
Gastro Obscura
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food forest

This Floating Forest Is the Only Legal Place to Forage for Food in New York City

Make a salad while staying on the good side of the Parks Department.
June 28, 2017
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oceans

North Carolina Has a Sandy New Island for Summer

Just be wary of the sharks guarding it.
June 28, 2017
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zoos

They Bought a Pub, Then Turned It Into a Zoo

Come have a pint with meerkats, coatis, and lemurs.
June 27, 2017
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planets

Uranus's Strange Magnetic Field Cartwheels Around All Willy-Nilly

Scientists call it a "geometric nightmare."
June 26, 2017
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birds

Birds' Egg Shapes Might Be Determined By How Well They Fly

Streamlined bodies mean streamlined eggs.
June 23, 2017
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trees

This Iconic New Zealand Tree Is Probably From Australia

But pōhutukawa disappeared from the continent a long time ago.
June 22, 2017
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children's literature week

The History of Movable Paper in One Massive, 9,000-Book Collection

Pop-ups, harlequinades, and Meggendorfers, oh my!
June 15, 2017
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mosquitoes

A Fungus Is the Newest Weapon in the War on Mosquitoes

It's armed with spider and scorpion neurotoxins—but it only affects bloodsuckers.
June 14, 2017
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fish

Tiny Glass Eels Navigate the Atlantic With Magnetic Compasses

How else would they get from the Sargasso Sea to Europe?
June 13, 2017
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science

A Japanese Badger Cull Went Out of Control

The species is now at risk of extinction.
June 12, 2017
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whiskey

How to Catch a (Whiskey) Counterfeiter

Use science to make it glow.
June 9, 2017
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microbes

For Trees to Migrate With Climate, They Need Help From Microbes

How we might help ecosystems adapt to the world we've created.
June 8, 2017
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bees

Tracking Bumblebees Based on Their Buzzes

The technique could be a boon for famers who rely on the services of pollinators.
June 8, 2017
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noise

Motorboat Noise Turns Fish Into Deadbeat Dads

Shhhhhhh!
June 7, 2017
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extinct animals

Scientists Are Using X-Rays to Look Inside Fossilized Feces

The findings can help unravel prehistoric food webs.
June 6, 2017
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bacteria

Low Gravity Can Create Mutant Bacterial Slime

Attention, space travelers.
June 5, 2017
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egypt

An Egyptian Slab Lost in Berlin During World War II Has Been Found—in Michigan

Safe and sound, 70 years later.
June 2, 2017
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brain

Scientists Can Wiggle a Mouse's Whiskers With Electrical Fields

The work could lead to treatments for depression and epilepsy.
June 2, 2017
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health

Europe's Lead Pollution Dropped to Zero Only Once in 2,000 Years

And it took nothing less than the Black Death.
June 1, 2017
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lightning

Watch Lightning Strike in Slow Motion

It not only looks cool, but also helps scientists better understand lightning rods.
June 1, 2017
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pollution

Toxic Foam Is Fouling the Streets of Bangalore

Blown off a local lake, it's disrupting traffic and making people sick.
May 31, 2017