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Does This Amazon Rock Art Depict Extinct Ice Age Mammals?

Does This Amazon Rock Art Depict Extinct Ice Age Mammals?

At the end of the last ice age, South America was home to strange animals that have...

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Fossil Reveals Secrets of One of Nature’s Most Mysterious Reptiles

Fossil Reveals Secrets of One of Nature’s Most Mysterious...

New Zealand’s tuatara look like somber iguanas. But these spiny reptiles are not...

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Finding a Retirement Home for 466 Frozen Flatworm Fragments

Finding a Retirement Home for 466 Frozen Flatworm Fragments

Marian Litvaitis, a professor emerita at the University of New Hampshire, decided...

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Fossil of Vampire Squid’s Oldest Ancestor Is Named for Biden

Fossil of Vampire Squid’s Oldest Ancestor Is Named for...

“It’s the exact same size, the exact same age, the exact same locality, the exact...

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Sharks Sleep, Even When Both Eyes Are Wide Open

Sharks Sleep, Even When Both Eyes Are Wide Open

Sharks are celebrated for their apparently ceaseless motion — a small handful of...

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Like Cheetahs, Ancient Ocean Creatures May Have Moved With a Gallop

Like Cheetahs, Ancient Ocean Creatures May Have Moved With...

Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land, clocking in at speeds over 60 miles per...

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Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s Ship, Lost in 1915, Is Found in Antarctica

Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s Ship, Lost in 1915, Is Found...

The wreck of Endurance has been found in the Antarctic, 106 years after the historic...

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Biden Restores California’s Power to Set Stringent Tailpipe Rules

Biden Restores California’s Power to Set Stringent Tailpipe...

“Automakers are committed to working cooperatively and constructively with California...

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What a Power Cutoff Could Mean for Chernobyl’s Nuclear Waste

What a Power Cutoff Could Mean for Chernobyl’s Nuclear...

Unlike an operating nuclear plant, which can use some of the electricity it generates...

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The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Is Armed to the Teeth

The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Is Armed to the Teeth

The nightmare of the Pacific spiny lumpsucker starts with the teeth: needle-sharp,...

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Researchers See ‘Future of an Entire Species’ in Ultrasound Technique

Researchers See ‘Future of an Entire Species’ in Ultrasound...

Kristin Aquilino, a scientist at the University of California, Davis, knows that...

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They Want to Break T. Rex Into 3 Species. Paleontologists Aren’t Pleased.

They Want to Break T. Rex Into 3 Species. Paleontologists...

They found some of the specimens difficult to classify. But 26 seemed to group into...

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Insect Trash Could Be a Farmer’s Treasure

Insect Trash Could Be a Farmer’s Treasure

When insects molt, their exuviae contain chitin, a hard polymer that also makes...

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Russia's Space Isolation Grows as OneWeb Cancels Launch

Russia's Space Isolation Grows as OneWeb Cancels Launch

OneWeb, a satellite internet company partly owned by the British government, has...

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Venus Shows Its Hot, Cloudy Side

Venus Shows Its Hot, Cloudy Side

Venus is so hot that its surface glows visibly at night through its thick clouds....

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Review: "Empire of the Scalpel," by Ira Rutkow

Review: "Empire of the Scalpel," by Ira Rutkow

As Rutkow observes at the beginning of his book, it is a “reasonable certainty that...