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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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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,...

Economic costs of rising seas will be steeper than we thought, unless we prepare

Rising seas that swamp cities and coastal infrastructure could cost the world more than 4 percent of the global economy each year...

Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom pants — starting out narrow but ending with a flare....

Are researchers asking the right questions to prevent mass shootings?

Two decades ago, two students opened fire at Colorado’s Columbine High School, killing 12 of their classmates and a teacher before turning...

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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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...

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...

Boosting a liver protein may mimic the brain benefits of exercise

Exercise’s power to boost the brain might require a little help from the liver. A chemical signal from the...

Squid edit their genetic material in a uniquely weird place

Squid can edit their genetic information in a place scientists didn’t expect. Longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the...

The closest black hole to Earth may have been spotted 1,000 light-years away

The closest black hole to the solar system ever spotted may be just 1,000 light-years away. This newfound dark neighbor is at...