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U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?

A U.F.O. in New Mexico in 1957. For astronomers, the biggest problem with alien visitation is not the occasional claim of mysterious light in the sky, but the fact that we’re not constantly overwhelmed with them.

Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated

Friendly Foxes’ Genes Offer Hints to How Dogs Became Domesticated

“The domestic dog is selected for so many different things,” said one researcher conducting the experiment. The fox is only selected for friendliness.

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

Gaia’s Map of 1.3 Billion Stars Makes for a Milky Way in a Bottle

A view of the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies, containing more than a billion stars, released by the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission.

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

New Wearable Sensor Can Collect Data From Sweat

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France wiped sweat from his face during the Australian Open. Researchers say their new wearable sensor can measure perspiration for conditions like dehydration and fatigue.

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

To Sate China’s Demand, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

Donkeys awaiting slaughter at the Goldox Donkey Slaughterhouse in Kenya. As manufacturers of a traditional Chinese medicine struggle to meet rising demand, they are looking to developing countries for donkey hides.

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits

A European rabbit. A new report debunked the long-held scientific tale that rabbits were domesticated in 600 A.D. because a pope declared their fetal meat to be like fish and therefore O.K. to eat during Lent.

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Do Bees Know Nothing?

Not only can a honey bee count, it understands the concept of zero, according to researchers.

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The Baby’s Hand Was Mummified. Why Wasn’t the Rest of Its Body?

The skeleton of a child found in Hungary was partially mummified by copper from a coin placed in its hand.

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Owls See the World Much Like We Do

Even though barn owls have simple brains, a new study suggests they can visually process objects in ways similar to that of animals with more sophisticated perception.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.

Graduation at City College in New York in 2016. A study in Iceland focusing on education suggests that parental genes may help determine how long children stay in school.

Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture

Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture

Calestous Juma in 2004. His championing of sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa was informed by his arduous childhood in a poor village there.

Baleen Whales Intermingled as They Evolved, and Share DNA With Distant Cousins

Baleen Whales Intermingled as They Evolved, and Share DNA With Distant Cousins

Fin whales differ in size, color and body shape from their cousins, the larger blue whale, but scientists decoding the genome of several baleen species say there was intermingling during the course of their evolution.

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

A field technician excavating the remains of an amputated limb at Manassas National Battlefield Park in October 2015. The discovery of two nearly complete sets of soldiers’ remains, 11 partial limbs and other artifacts appeared to date to the Second Battle of Bull Run, which ended Aug. 30, 1862.

Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

The carcasses of 300 reindeer on a plateau in Norway may help engender new plant diversity, according to scientists.

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine

The chambered nautilus propels itself by sucking in and shooting out water, and uses far less energy to do it than other swimmers that use jet propulsion.

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

An Island, a Focal Point for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

Waters surrounding a remote coral reef atoll teeming with marine life.


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