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Believed to Be Solitary, Male Sperm Whales Actually Hang With the Boys–in Friendships That Can Last Years

A Japanese biologist studying the social structure of sperm whales has discovered that the phrase “Saturday’s for the boys,” translates into echolocation. His research reveals that male sperm whales form strong platonic social bonds among other, normally solitary males—shedding light on the mammalian evolution of bromance. Famous for spending time hunting in the depths of […]

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Chernobyl Guards Have Befriended Abandoned Dogs, Feeding Them and Bringing Medical Care

In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, guards watching for human trespassers are befriending and even caring for the descendants of dogs abandoned when tens of thousands of people had to abandon their entire lives and flee when reactor 4 exploded in 1986. Their interactions, collected and documented through work from the BBC, tell a story of a spark […]

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Monkeys Unite and Form Unlikely Alliances After Hurricane Maria Ravaged their Island

An interesting new study seems to indicate that monkeys increase the size of their social circles during times of strife or resource scarcity. Researchers observed Puerto Rico’s rhesus macaque populations on Cayo Santiago in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, and observed each individual increase the amount of grooming activities, as well as the number […]

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Earth Day 2021: TV Shows and Documentaries to Watch

If your appetite for Earth Day content is modest, the best choice would be the three hourlong episodes of “A Year to Change the World,” being shown in succession Thursday night on PBS stations. It follows Thunberg, then 16 and…

Dutch Citizens are Using a “Doorbell” to Help Fish Pass Through the Canal Gate

Tasked with helping ensure Utrecht’s canals remain full of life, and convincing everyone it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke, two ecologists in the Dutch city have invented the world’s first “fish doorbell.” An underwater, live-streaming camera at the “Weerdsluis” lock door allows residents to ring a virtual doorbell heard by the local lock keeper […]

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MIT Scientists Spin Some Music Out of Spider Webs – And it Sounds Otherworldly (Listen)

Spiders are master builders, expertly weaving strands of silk into intricate 3D webs that serve as the spider’s home and hunting ground. If humans could enter the spider’s world, they could learn about web construction, arachnid behavior, and more. Yesterday, scientists reported that they have translated the structure of a web into music, which could […]

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Bird Protectors Built a Giant Sandcastle to Ensure These Martins Have a Nesting Home For Years to Come

Conservationists realized they needed more than a bucket and shovel to build a 400-ton sand castle large enough to be an attractive home for sand martins to roost in England. To help the tiny birds they needed big machines—and building a sandbank large enough for them to build their nests in required the help of […]

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‘Like a Beautifully-tuned Instrument’: 2000 Microphones Unlock the Mystery of Why Hummingbirds Hum

The hummingbird is named after its pleasant humming sound when it hovers in front of flowers to feed. But only now has it become clear how the wing generates the hummingbird’s namesake sound when it is beating rapidly at 40 beats per second. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Stanford University, and Sorama meticulously observed […]

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Bunnies in Wales Dig Up Treasure of 9,000-Year-old Artifacts

Reprinted with permission from World At Large, a news website of nature, politics, science, health, and travel. Alone on the windswept island Skokholm, wardens have found Stone Age tools and a pottery shard from an unlikely survey plot—down a rabbit burrow. The finds date to 3,750—9,000 years ago, and include tools for making seal hide clothes […]

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Startup Raises $9 Million for its New Method to Recycle CO2 into Protein-Rich Animal Feed

An agriculture feed startup has received $9.4 million in initial funding for its technology that produces pure protein from CO2. The protein would come from carbon dioxide generated by industrial exhaust, and would be combined with hydrogen to create scalable, cheap animal feed to replace soybeans—a major feed crop linked heavily with deforestation. Deep Branch […]

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