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Ancient One-Percenters Were Beast Based

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:20:00 -0500

New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Feathers Help This Bird Sound the Alarm

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:47:00 -0500

The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there's trouble.  

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Put Space Cat on a Pedestal

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:11:00 -0500

A campaign calls for the creation of a statue to recognize Félicette, the first cat to be sent into space.  

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Polluted Water Whale Invents New Feeding Strategy

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:30:00 -0500

The Bryde's whale has come up with a passive but more efficient feeding strategy in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of Thailand.  

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Insect Brain System Knows What You Want

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:20:00 -0500

Computer scientists borrowed insights from the fruit fly brain to create a more accurate search algorithm. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Sheep's Face-Reading Skills Stand Out from the Flock

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:52:00 -0500

With some training, sheep were able to select a celebrity's face over that of a stranger they'd never seen. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Nearby Exoplanets Invigorate the Search for E.T.

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 22:52:00 -0500

SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors.    

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Bison Comeback Story Has a Bronx Accent

Sat, 4 Nov 2017 14:57:00 -0500

On National Bison Day, a look at the role the Bronx played in reestablishing herds of bison on the American plains.     

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Mammoth Remains Seem Mostly Male

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 22:55:00 -0500

In a sample of 98 woolly mammoth remains, researchers found that 70 percent were male—which suggests males were more likely to die accidentally. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Physics Phenomenon Reveals a Pyramid's Mystery

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 14:25:00 -0500

Scientists used muons, a by-product of cosmic rays, to image the interior of the Great Pyramid—and found a previously unknown space inside. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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A Moth with a Potent Cocktail of Poison

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 19:25:00 -0500

The wood tiger moth is the first species known in which fluids from various parts of the moth’s body each target a different type of predator. Jason Goldman reports.

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Drought News Might Help Cut Water Waste

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:05:00 -0500

As news coverage of California's most recent drought intensified, water use trends went down—suggesting news might inspire consumers to conserve. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Smog Casts a Shadow on China's Solar Farms

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:40:00 -0500

The wintertime smog in China's northeastern provinces is so severe it blocks more than 20 percent of sunlight from reaching the region's solar panels. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Dogs Bow to Wolves as Cooperators

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:52:00 -0500

Wolves appear to have better cooperation skills than dogs—unless the pups partner up with humans. Karen Hopkin reports.

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California Gun Injuries Spike after Nevada Gun Shows

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:21:00 -0500

Firearm deaths and injuries went up in California communities after gun shows in neighboring Nevada—but not after more strictly regulated California gun shows. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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