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Squirrels use parkour tricks when leaping from branch to branch

Parkour enthusiasts need look no further than up in the trees for...

Viruses can kill wasp larvae that grow inside infected caterpillars

When parasitic wasps come calling, some caterpillars have a surprising ally: a...

Newly recognized tricks help elephants suck up huge amounts of water

Whether or not it’s possible to teach an old elephant new tricks,...

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The largest Arctic ozone hole ever measured is hovering over the North Pole

A curious confluence of atmospheric events has produced the largest ozone hole ever measured over the Arctic. A powerful...

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...

A ‘crazy beast’ from the time of dinosaurs belongs to an obscure mammal group

A bizarre fossil provides a better look at a little-known group called gondwanatherians The ancient mammal Adalatherium hui is...

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)...

Planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbor life

Microbes can live and grow in an atmosphere of pure hydrogen, lab experiments show. The finding could widen the range of environments...

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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...

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...

Pollen-deprived bumblebees may speed up plant blooming by biting leaves

Here’s a bumblebee tip that might get a slowpoke plant to bloom early. Just bite its leaves. At least...

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.

Why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity-even if they’re young

Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. This spring, after days of flulike...