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Adorable Baby Seals Share Rare Vocal Ability With Humans

Adorable Baby Seals Share Rare Vocal Ability With Humans

It turns out, humans have a skill in common with baby seals: we can both lower our pitch in response to the world around us. That’s the result of a new study published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Monday, which marks the first time this ability has been observed in baby seals. […]

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    Species Snapshot: The Gentle and Quirky White-Bellied Pangolin

    Species Snapshot: The Gentle and Quirky White-Bellied Pangolin

    By Charles Emogor The white-bellied pangolin is one of eight evolutionary distinct pangolin species split equally between Africa and Asia. They’re among the very few mammals with scales and have a tongue that, when pulled out of its cavity, is longer than their entire body, which measures about 30 inches. These gentle and somewhat quirky […]

    Modern-Day Diets Are Changing Human Chemistry, Study Finds

    Modern-Day Diets Are Changing Human Chemistry, Study Finds

    By Malavika Vyawahare “Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are,” the French lawyer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in his 1826 opus, Physiologie du Goût. This is quite literally the case, scientists decoding the human body have found. Now, an analysis of chemical signatures in human hair and nails shows […]

    Food Dyes Linked to Attention and Activity Problems in Children

    Food Dyes Linked to Attention and Activity Problems in Children

    By Nate Seltenrich Synthetic dyes used as colorants in many common foods and drinks can negatively affect attention and activity in children, according to a comprehensive review of existing evidence published this month by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Funded by the California legislature in 2018, the new report involved a […]

    We Need to Talk About Spider Conservation

    We Need to Talk About Spider Conservation

    By John R. Platt Spiders need our help, and we may need to overcome our biases and fears to make that happen. “The feeling that people have towards spiders is not unique,” says Marco Isaia, an arachnologist and associate professor at the University of Turin in Italy. “Nightmares, anxieties and fears are very frequent reactions […]

    NOAA ‘New Normal’ Data Confirms U.S. Is Hotter Than Past Decade

    NOAA ‘New Normal’ Data Confirms U.S. Is Hotter Than Past Decade

    Describing hotter temperatures and altered weather as the “new normal” under climate change has become cliché, and updated NOAA data makes it official. The U.S. is now hotter than it was just a decade ago, wetter in the central and eastern parts of the country, and drier in the West, according to NOAA data released […]

    Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles Face Extinction Without Immediate Conservation Efforts

    Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles Face Extinction Without Immediate Conservation Efforts

    By Marlowe Starling Clear-skied, low-wind summer days are rare off the coast of California. But they’re a blessing if you’re a researcher tracking down critically endangered leatherback sea turtles. Marine ecologists Scott Benson and Karin Forney, with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, spent many of those days tag-teaming a decades-long research effort to collect data […]

    Science Names the World’s Most Instagrammable Bird

    Science Names the World’s Most Instagrammable Bird

    What is the world’s most Instagrammable bird? It turns out science has the answer. In a study published last week, researchers in Germany analyzed more than 27,000 bird photos posted on the popular social media platform to determine Instagram’s “most aesthetically pleasing bird.” Researchers concluded the surprising winner is the frogmouth, an unusual-looking nocturnal bird […]