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Why you’d better never have to ask the way when visiting the Northern Territory in Australia

The way that different languages convey information has long fascinated linguists, anthropologists, and sociologists alike. Murrinhpatha, the lingua franca spoken by the majority of Aboriginal people in the Moyle and Fitzmaurice rivers region of Australia’s Northern Territory has many interesting features, with the absence of verbal abstract directions a prominent ...

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Hummingbird vision wired to avoid high-speed collisions

Hummingbirds are among nature’s most agile fliers. They can travel faster than 50 kilometres per hour and stop on a dime to navigate through dense vegetation. Now researchers have discovered that the tiny birds process visual information differently from other animals, perhaps to handle the demands of their extreme aerial ...

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City birds again prove to be angrier than rural birds

No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer–if you live in the suburbs, that is. Virginia Tech researchers recently found that birds that live in suburban areas exhibit significantly higher levels of territorial ...

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Soot may have killed off the dinosaurs and ammonites

A new hypothesis on the extinction of dinosaurs and ammonites at the end of the Cretaceous Period has been proposed by a research team from Tohoku University and the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute. The researchers believe that massive amounts of stratospheric soot ejected from rocks following the famous ...

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Happy cows make more nutritious milk

Daily infusions with a chemical commonly associated with feelings of happiness were shown to increase calcium levels in the blood of Holstein cows and the milk of Jersey cows that had just given birth. The results, published in the Journal of Endocrinology, could lead to a better understanding of how ...

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Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming to Win Over All You Haters

The meat industry is famously horrible. Conscious animals contribute to climate change and pollute water—increasingly with antibiotic-resistant bugs—and industrial slaughter could qualify as torture. Plus, there’s the fecal soup. But meat remains delicious. Yeah, meat substitutes exist, but what guilt-ridden omnivores really want is exactly what they enjoy now, without all ...

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Science Has a Huge Diversity Problem … in Lab Mice

The history of science is a history of men excluding women. This goes way beyond Rosalind Franklin: Look around any lab, anywhere in the world, and you’re likely to see it crowded with males. A boy’s club, hopped up on the sweetest preclinical pharmaceuticals. Mice, people. I’m talking about mice. ...

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