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  • The fellowship of the wing: Pigeons flap faster to fly together
    Posted on June 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Homing pigeons fit in one extra wingbeat per second when flying in pairs compared to flying solo, new research reveals. […]

  • Two new Earth-like planets discovered near Teegarden's Star
    Posted on June 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    An international research team has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. Teegarden's Star is about 12.5 light years away and is one of the smallest known stars. […]

  • Origin of life: A prebiotic route to DNA
    Posted on June 18, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    DNA, the hereditary material, may have appeared on Earth earlier than has been assumed hitherto. Chemists now show that a simple reaction pathway could have given rise to DNA subunits on the early Earth. […]

  • The evolution of puppy dog eyes
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Dogs have evolved new muscles around the eyes to better communicate with humans. New research comparing the anatomy and behavior of dogs and wolves suggests dogs' facial anatomy has changed over thousands of years specifically to allow them to […]

  • NASA's Cassini reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows. […]

  • Sun's history found buried in Moon's crust
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. Yet, this spin rate affected solar eruptions, influencing the evolution of life. Scientists think they've figured it out by using the Moon as critical evidence. […]

  • The brain consumes half of a child's energy -- and that could matter for weight gain
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    A new study proposes that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids -- in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use -- could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain. […]

  • Meteors help Martian clouds form
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds. […]

  • Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction
    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 11:17 am

    A recent study highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to the extreme environmental costs of pollution, habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity, continued food […]

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