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Why Don’t All Lions Climb Trees?

Why Don’t All Lions Climb Trees?

Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda or Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania...

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Meet the Spongy Moth, Whose Old Name Contained an Offensive Term

Meet the Spongy Moth, Whose Old Name Contained an Offensive...

Leigh Greenwood, a forest health program director at The Nature Conservancy and...

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A Natural (and Political and Cultural) History of America’s Bird

A Natural (and Political and Cultural) History of America’s...

The fortunes of our (unofficial) national bird fluctuated. Exclusive to North America,...

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SpaceX Tourists Will Make Attempt at Spacewalk During Flight

SpaceX Tourists Will Make Attempt at Spacewalk During Flight

No astronaut has ever died during a spacewalk. But in 2013, a clogged filter caused...

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It Helped Catch Serial Killers. Can It Stop Elephant Poachers, Too?

It Helped Catch Serial Killers. Can It Stop Elephant Poachers,...

Cambodian law enforcement officials received a tip from investigators in the U.S....

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China Not SpaceX May Be Source of Rocket Crashing Into Moon

China Not SpaceX May Be Source of Rocket Crashing Into...

On March 4, a human-made piece of rocket detritus will slam into the moon. But it...

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A 2,700-Year-Old Figurine Revives a Weighty Mystery

A 2,700-Year-Old Figurine Revives a Weighty Mystery

Two summers ago, while snorkeling in the marshy streams of the Tollense River on...

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On Mars, a NASA Rover and Helicopter’s Year of Surprise and Discovery

On Mars, a NASA Rover and Helicopter’s Year of Surprise...

A year ago, NASA’s Perseverance rover was accelerating to a collision with Mars,...

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A Parasitic Wasp Unmasked: One Species Is Actually 16 Species

A Parasitic Wasp Unmasked: One Species Is Actually 16 Species

The tiny, iridescent Ormyrus labotus always seemed suspicious for a parasitoid wasp....

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The Paradox of the Lizard Tail, Solved

The Paradox of the Lizard Tail, Solved

When choosing between life and limb, many animals willingly sacrifice the limb....

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Act of ‘Heresy’ Adds Horseshoe Crabs to Arachnid Family Tree

Act of ‘Heresy’ Adds Horseshoe Crabs to Arachnid Family...

Horseshoe crabs are little armored vehicles with bright blue blood. For hundreds...

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Climate Change Could Increase Risk of Wildfires 50% by Century's End

Climate Change Could Increase Risk of Wildfires 50% by...

A landmark United Nations report has concluded that the risk of devastating wildfires...

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Geomagnetic Storm Destroys 40 New SpaceX Satellites in Orbit

Geomagnetic Storm Destroys 40 New SpaceX Satellites in...

Over the past three years, SpaceX has deployed thousands of satellites into low-Earth...

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Neanderthals and Humans Swapped Places in This French Cave

Neanderthals and Humans Swapped Places in This French Cave

Tens of thousands of years ago, the hottest real estate in Europe was a rock shelter...

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Lion and Leopard Injuries From Humans Are Recorded in Tooth and Bone

Lion and Leopard Injuries From Humans Are Recorded in Tooth...

Paula White, a wildlife biologist, was examining lion skulls to estimate the animals’...

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A 1,500-Year-Old Riddle Solved: Yes, It Was a Terra-Cotta Porta-Potty

A 1,500-Year-Old Riddle Solved: Yes, It Was a Terra-Cotta...

Archaeologists working at ancient Roman sites commonly find ceramics, but it is...