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Dolphins can learn from peers how to use shells as tools

For some bottlenose dolphins, finding a meal may be about who you...

DNA from a 5,200-year-old Irish tomb hints at ancient royal incest

A man buried in a huge, roughly 5200-year-old Irish stone tomb was...

Bringing sea otters back to the Pacific coast pays off, but not for everyone

Sea otters are staging a comeback along Canada’s North Pacific coast, but...

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Australia’s wildfires have now been linked to climate change

Human-caused climate change made southeastern Australia’s devastating wildfires during 2019–2020 at least 30 percent more likely to occur, researchers report in a...

U.S. honeybees had the worst winter die-off in more than a decade

U.S. honeybees just weathered an unusually bad winter. About 38 percent of beekeepers’ colonies died between October 1, 2018,...

Evolving an arch across the foot’s width helped hominids walk upright

The arch running across the width of the human foot might be a big part of the reason that people can walk...

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit on a commercial rocket. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon...

4 reasons not to worry about that ‘new’ swine flu in the news

It may feel odd to be thinking ahead to the next potential pandemic when the world is far from finished with the...

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Quasar winds with record energy levels were seen fleeing a distant galaxy

Black holes in the distant universe blow winds with 100 times the energy of all the stars in the Milky Way combined....

Why African-Americans may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19

COVID-19 was called the great equalizer. Nobody was immune; anybody could succumb. But the virus’ spread across the United States is exposing...

Hitchhiking oxpeckers warn endangered rhinos when people are nearby

Red-billed oxpeckers hitching rides on the backs of black rhinos are a common sight in the African bush. The birds are best...

Could a global ‘observatory’ of blood help stop the next pandemic?

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. Michael Mina is out for blood–millions of samples, which a...

How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

Wind may be the usual suspect for knocking down trees during hurricanes, but a new survey of forest damage in Puerto Rico...