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Posts tagged as “Science”

Dark wings supercharge seabird flight

Northern gannets sport black-tipped wings. Andrew Parkinson/NPL/Minden Pictures By Mennatalla IbrahimJul. 7, 2021 , 3:15 PM Most birds that swoop over ocean waters have one…

These cauliflowerlike anemones snack on ants

Jennifer Idol/Stocktrek Images/Science Source By Alex ViverosJun. 25, 2021 , 2:15 PM Scientists long suspected the giant plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen), which flourishes along the…

Nutrition researchers urge update to lab animal diets

Reformulating the standard mouse diet could make animals healthier and experiments more reliable. Pascal Goetgheluck/Science Source By Mennatalla IbrahimJun. 17, 2021 , 5:00 PM The…

Are advertisers coming for your dreams?

Some researchers fear a dystopian scenario in which smart speakers feed sleepers subliminal ads without their consent. ISTOCK.COM/monkeybusinessimages By Sofia MoutinhoJun. 11, 2021 , 4:45…

The tamer the cow, the smaller the brain

Beef cattle, like these outside the German village of Horst, tend to have smaller brains than less tame breeds, like bullfighting cattle. Thomas Uhlemann/picture alliance…

The rise and fall of the world’s largest lake

At its largest, the megalake Paratethys (shown superimposed on modern geography) stretched from the eastern Alps to today’s Kazakhstan. Dan Palcu; Natural Earth By Sid…

Cicada citizen science, and expanding the genetic code

B. Douthitt/Science First this week, freelance journalist Ian Graber-Stiehl discusses what might be the oldest community science project—observing the emergence of periodical cicadas. He also notes…

To study swarming cicadas, it takes a crowd

Brood X periodical cicadas have captured the attention of amateur scientists across the eastern United States. B. Douthitt/Science By Ian Graber-StiehlJun. 1, 2021 , 12:45…

Biden seeks big increases for science budgets

President Joe Biden, speaking here at a COVID-19 vaccine plant in March, today unveiled a budget that would increase biomedical research spending dramatically. Official White…

Romania left out of high-powered laser project

Czech researchers test lasers in Europe’s Extreme Light Infrastructure. © VIT SIMANEK/CTK PHOTO/ALAMY LIVE NEWS By Edwin CartlidgeMay. 19, 2021 , 11:20 AM The €950…

China overhauls its public health bureaucracy

Passengers at Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China, on 22 January 2020, the day before the government locked down the city.  Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/Eyevine/Redux By Dennis NormileMay.…