Dolphins can learn from peers how to use shells as tools

For some bottlenose dolphins, finding a meal may be about who you know. Dolphins often learn how to hunt from their mothers. But when...

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Fast radio bursts could help solve the mystery of the universe’s expansion

Astronomers have been arguing about the rate of the universe’s expansion for nearly a century. A new independent method to measure...

50 years ago, scientists claimed marijuana threatened teens’ mental health

The White House Conference on Youth voted to legalize the sale of grass (with restrictions). On the same day, the Journal of...

Experts predict U.S. COVID-19 cases will dip in summer but surge in winter

The coming months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States may feel a bit like a roller-coaster ride.

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Bad moods could be contagious among ravens

Here’s a downer: Pessimism seems contagious among ravens. But positivity? Not so much. When ravens saw fellow birds’ responses...

Water beetles can live on after being eaten and excreted by a frog

For most insects, the sticky, slingshot ride straight into a frog’s mouth spells the end. But not for one stubborn water beetle.

Sea turtles may confuse the smell of ocean plastic with food

To a sea turtle, plastic debris might smell like dinner. As the plastic detritus of modern human life washes...
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The Milky Way makes little galaxies bloom, then snuffs them out

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Heavy metal may rain from the skies of planet WASP 76b

On one distant world, “heavy metal” could be a weather forecast. Telescope observations indicate that an exoplanet nearly 400 light-years away has...

New telescopes could help spot ‘photon ring’ of the first black hole ever imaged

Faint rings of light surrounding enormous black holes could be spotted with the help of a future generation of telescopes in space.

5 Ways to Evaluate the Quality of an Academic Conference

Are you thinking of joining an academic conference in your field of studies? That’s an excellent idea. Participating in relevant events can help you...

Brewing beer may be an older craft than we realized in some places

Grain cell changes from malting help identify which ancient populations crafted local brews Microscopic signatures of malting could help...

Why mammals like elephants and armadillos might get drunk easily

An elephant, a narwhal and a guinea pig walk into a bar. From there, things could get ugly. All...

A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

Scientists can’t yet rebuild someone with bionic body parts. They don’t have the technology. But a new artificial eye brings cyborgs one...

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people

Pangolins can harbor coronaviruses related to the new coronavirus, a study finds. Scientists studied viruses in pangolins (Manis javanica) captured in anti-smuggling activities in...