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The First ‘Google Translate’ for Elephants Debuts

    Young elephant exhibits protective behavior towardhis younger sibling. Credit: AlamyWhen a male African savanna elephant folds his ears whil…

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Transcendence Happens All the Time

    Credit: CDC, Alissa Eckert, MSMI, Dan Higgins, MSM and Caleb A. Scharf (ASCII art).The ongoing coronavirus pandemic might not seem like an o…

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Century-Old Textiles Woven from Fascinating Fungus

    The fruiting body of an agarikon fungus. Credit: Universal Images Group North America LLC, Deagostini and Alamy Stock PhotoBiofabrication co…

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How Slime Molds Remember Where They Ate

    Physarum polycephalum. Credit: Scott Camazine Science SourceLike all slime molds, Physarum polycephalum has no brain or nervous systemyet it…

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Can a Cell Remember?

    Paramecium bursaria. Credit: Anatoly Mikhaltsov Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)Humans have been understandably obsessed by our big brains and their…

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How This Zombie Fungus Turns Cicadas into Horror-Movie Sex Bots

    Fungus Massospora cicadina infects Brood X cicadas, causing their genitals to fall offand be replaced by a white plug of spores. Credit: Mat…

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Humans Could Live Up to 150 Years, New Research Suggests

    Jeanne Calment enjoys her daily cigarette and glass of red wine on the occasion of her 117th birthday. In 1997, she died at the age of 122 a…

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Injection of Light-Sensitive Proteins Restores Blind Man’s Vision

    Credit: Carmelo Geraci Getty ImagesAfter 40 years of blindness, a 58-year-old man can once again see images and moving objects, thanks to an…

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The Maximum Human Life Span Is 150 Years, New Research Estimates

    Jeanne Calment enjoyingher daily cigarette and glass of red wine on the occasion of her 117th birthday. In 1997she died at the age of 122, a…

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New Process Helps Unscramble Dinosaur Boneyard Chaos

    Fossilized jumbles of dinosaur bones (like this one, at a site on the border of Utah and Colorado) present challenges for paleontologists re…

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Can a Cell Make Decisions?

    Stentor. Credit: Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)In 1906, zoologist Herbert Spencer Jennings published Behavior of the Lower Organisms, a book that con…

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Evolution’s Favorite Fish Diversify through ‘Noncoding’ Genes

    East African cichlid species. Credit: Javier Milln PhotographyGetty ImagesDarwin's finches are perhaps the best-known examples of adapt…

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Making Sense of the Great Whip Spider Boom

    Whip spider. Credit: Kevin Wells Getty ImagesABOUT 18 YEARS AGO,Andrea Colla got an unusual request. Would he come survey the fauna of a Naz…

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First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in U.S. Are Hatching Now

    Genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a container at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 20…

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Lab-Made Chicken Reaches Select Diners in Singapore

    That mainstay of the fast-food circuit, the original shown here straight from the bird, is now available as an in vitro-grown specialty. Cre…

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Genes Linked to Self-Awareness in Modern Humans Were Less Common in Neandertals

    Neandertal woman was re-created and built by Dutch artists Adrie and Alfons Kennis. They used replicas of a pelvis and cranial anatomy from …

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The Woman Who Solved a Cicada Mystery—but Got No Recognition

    A Brood X cicada of the species Magicicada cassinii. Credit: AlamyThis spring, the 17-year cicadas of Brood X will emerge from underground, …

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Bird Brawlers Love Spectators—Other Avian Species Are Welcome at Ringside

    Tufted titmouse. Credit: Ivan Kuzman AlamySerious athletes and brawling schoolyard children are familiar with the audience effect: people co…

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‘Mother Trees’ Are Intelligent: They Learn and Remember

    Author Suzanne Simard. Credit: Brendan KoFew researchers have had the pop culture impact of Suzanne Simard. The University of British Columb…

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The Delight of Watching Birds on the Streets of New York

    Credit: David Clarke Getty ImagesIts springtime, and the city feels especially glorious; it felt like a winter on top of a winter this year.…

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Scientists Use Earth to Understand Possible

    The Griqualand West Basin in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa contains sedimentary deposits that chronicle the epoch when oxygen b…

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Hunting for Alien Worlds: The Great Exoplane

    At various times in Earth’s history, our planet has been a “snowball”.(Image credit: MIT)At the 2012 Astrobiology Science Conference, Ast…

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'Water-Trapped' Worlds: Life Aroun

    This twilight photo, taken at Palmer Station in Antarctica, hints at what the melting edge of an ice-covered hemisphere might look like arou…

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Hunting for Alien Worlds (Part 2): Science o

    This chart compares the smallest known exoplanets, or planets orbiting outside the solar system, to our own planets Mars and Earth.(Image cr…

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Is Finally Hittin

    View of Jezero crater, as seen by the Ingenuity helicopter.With its helicopter babysitting duties all wrapped up, Perseverance can finally g…

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Beyond synthetic biology, synthetic ecology

    In a new Nature Communications study, researchers from BU's Microbiome Initiative discovered that providing microbial communities with …

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Waste Not: New Dipping Solution Turns the Wh

    After filleting, there are still lots of valuable and nutritious parts of the fish left, such as the backbones, heads and fins. By dipping t…

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Scientists Are Unlocking the Mysteries of an

    Big echidna energy.pelooyen/iStock via Getty ImagesMost of the time, an echidna’s penis is tucked safely inside its body, keeping itself cl…

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Scientists Have Identified a New ‘Chocolate

    The chocolate frog on a very green leaf.Stephen J. Richards/Australian Journal of ZoologyA little less than 12,000 years ago, rising sea lev…

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World’s Coral Reefs May Cease Calcifyi

    Dr. Kay Davis conducts a benthic survey on a flat reef at Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia in December 2020. Below her, the coral…

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World’s Lakes Losing Oxygen Rapidly As

    Oxygen levels in the worlds temperate freshwater lakes are declining rapidlyfaster than in the oceansa trend driven largely by climate chang…

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Why Does the Sun Make Hair Lighter?

    svetikd/iStock via Getty ImagesSome people don't need to visit the salon to alter their hair color. After spending enough time in the s…

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Aphids may spit in a plant up to 20 times be

    To monitor aphid feeding behavior in great detail, a golden thread connected to recording devices was glued to its back with silver glue. Cr…

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Hive thinking: Beekeeping makes a buzz in Iv

    Honey is harvested only at night as the local bees are very aggressiveNight has just fallen in central Ivory Coast and the hour has come for…

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Potential new sunscreen is coral-safe and pr

    Credit: CC0 Public DomainA new study published in Scientific Reports has found that methylene blue, a century-old medicine, has the potentia…

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An almost complete extinct dwarf emu egg fou

    Emu egg purchased at the farmers' market in Mountain View, California. Credit: Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0A pair of researchers, one with …

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Food scientists aim to make plant-based prot

    David Julian McClements is a Distinguished Professor of Food Science at UMass Amherst. Credit: UMass AmherstAs meat-eating continues to incr…

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Common Antidepressant Medication Helps Fight

    UCLA researchers discover MAOIs could activate immune system to shrink various types of tumors.A class of drug called monoamine oxidase inhi…

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An omega-3 that’s poison for tumors

    So-called “good fatty acids” are essential for human health and much sought after by those who try to eat healthily. Among the O…

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Understanding the skin’s defense syste

    EAST LANSING, Mich. – It can be easy to forget that the human skin is an organ. It’s also the largest one and it’s exposed…

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Non-altered birth cord cells boost survival

    IMAGE: Ismail Hadisoebroto Dilogo, professor of medicine at Cipto Mangunkusumo Central Hospital-Universitas Indonesia, corresponding author…

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Salps fertilize the Southern Ocean more effe

    Experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, experimentally measured the release of iron from the fecal pellets of kril…

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The First ‘Google Translate’ for

    Young elephant exhibits protective behavior towardhis younger sibling. Credit: AlamyWhen a male African savanna elephant folds his ears whil…

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Transcendence Happens All the Time

    Credit: CDC, Alissa Eckert, MSMI, Dan Higgins, MSM and Caleb A. Scharf (ASCII art).The ongoing coronavirus pandemic might not seem like an o…

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Frozen in Siberian Permafrost for 24,000 Yea

    The revived rotifer.A lone rotifer has awakened after spending the past 24,000 years in frozen hibernation. Scientists hope that further stu…

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Century-Old Textiles Woven from Fascinating

    The fruiting body of an agarikon fungus. Credit: Universal Images Group North America LLC, Deagostini and Alamy Stock PhotoBiofabrication co…

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