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Like People, Honeybees Have Directional Bias

Close Bees, like people, can have left or right biases, researchers say—and studying how it affects their flight patterns could help us in piloting large fleets of drones. When flying through obstacles, individual honeybees display distinct bias in which direction they steer, according to researchers from the University of Queensland’s …

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First Interstellar Species? Tardigrades Get the Nod

Close If you’ve dreamed of touching the stars, sit tight, because you are definitely not going to be the first living creature to explore space beyond our solar system. Instead, that title will go to two microscopic organisms that scientists have deemed hardy enough to have a shot at actually …

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Cities Are Changing Animals at a Genetic Level

Close Make jokes about pizza rats all you want, but the way cities affect animals’ genes could have serious implications for human health, according to a review paper published on Thursday in Science. Head lice, rats and cockroaches, the authors noted, have grown more genetically resistant to the chemicals that …

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We’re Finally Going Back to the Moon (And Beyond)

Close NASA is planning to take humans back to the Moon—something that has not been done since 1972. The new Orion spacecraft was built to explore the moon, Mars and beyond, but before taking humans on these exploratory missions, the new ship needs to be tested. NASA has now officially …

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Your Hippocampus Can Help You Block Bad Memories

Close If you have been wondering if you’ll ever be able to scrub unwanted thoughts from your memory, science says you actually might—if your hippocampus is well-stocked with a particular neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter responsible for inhibiting the actions of our nervous system is called gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or GABA. Previous research …

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Fish Sex: Singing Males Get All the Ladies

Close Like tiny, aquatic Marvin Gayes, some species of fish will sing to attract mates. But there is trouble among the underwater crooners: noise pollution disrupts their mating behaviors—and, in turn, their ability to reproduce and make more fish. According to a doctoral thesis by marine ecologist Eva-Lotta Blom at …

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Cancer Risk Experts Booted From EPA Advisory Board

Close This story originally appeared on Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk Collaboration. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has made yet another frightening decision that seems likely to further untether the agency he leads from sound environmental science. The former attorney general of Oklahoma …

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One of the Most Ancient Galaxies to Date Has Been Found

Close One of the most ancient spiral galaxies ever revealed has been discovered by astronomers in Australia. At 11 billion years old, the A1689B11 galaxy was formed only 2.6 billion years after the Big Bang, making it nearly as old as the universe itself. The fascinating discovery will hopefully give …

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Man Reports Unexploded Bomb, Turns Out to Be Zucchini

Close A man in Germany called the police to report an unexploded bomb in his backyard, which turned out to be a zucchini. Reports suggest this was not just paranoia. The object that caused the 81-year-old German man to call the police was apparently 15.7 inches and dark colored, and …

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Bride-to-Be Blames Pedicure for Severe Toe Infection

Close As many do in preparation for their wedding, a bride-to-be went to get a pedicure. She couldn’t have known that the spa day may have been what landed her in the hospital for a severe infection. Tara Batista, a singer in Tampa, Florida, noticed that the pedicure hurt, according …

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