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Soccer made headlines in November, as men’s teams vied for the final few slots in the 2018 World Cup. On the subject of soccer and heads, there was other news, as well: Researchers presenting midmonth at the Society for Neuroscience meeting revealed that heading the soccer ball may be riskier for women than men.

Why did passenger pigeons go extinct?

Dec 3, 2017

The last passenger pigeon died more than 100 years ago, but scientists still puzzle over how a bird once numbering as many as 5 billion disappeared so quickly from North American skies. “Hunters with guns,” is the big answer — but why didn’t small populations of pigeons survive anywhere?

Modern medicine has reached amazing heights, but even in our own basic anatomy, there are secrets we haven’t quite cracked. For one, as bird veterinarian M. Scott Echols explains, doctors have only a rough idea of where all our veins and capillaries are — and that map is just as vague in animals.

In The South, Examining An HIV Epidemic

Dec 1, 2017

Bad News Bears For Yeti Hunters

Dec 1, 2017

In The South, Examining An HIV Epidemic

Dec 1, 2017

Bad News Bears For Yeti Hunters

Dec 1, 2017
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Near-death experiences are undeniably difficult to study. And yet a passionate few scientists have dedicated their careers to understanding this phenomenon experiencers say creates an immediate and lifelong transformation. 

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In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission solidified network neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing down or interfering with web traffic. Last week FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a repeal of these rules, which would usher in a new era of the internet. 

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Scientists and researchers from major labs are putting their minds and grant dollars into gene editing tools like CRISPR, which enables humans to modify genetic code. 

To The Batcave!

Nov 27, 2017

To The Batcave!

Nov 27, 2017

Most bees are solitary animals, and 4 other surprising bee facts

Nov 26, 2017
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When you think of bees, your mind probably heads straight to the big, buzzing bumblebee, or the social honeybee flitting from flower to flower.

But there are thousands of other bees out there, too — some no larger than a grain of rice. And according to Shalene Jha, an associate professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, these bees aren’t just important pollinators — they also have some curious quirks that you may not have heard about.

1. Most bees are solitary animals.

Keeping tabs on the elusive Florida panther

Nov 25, 2017
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The Florida panther may be an icon of the state and its sports teams, but in real life, the big, lanky cat has long been endangered. There may be as few as 120 panthers left in the wild, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission — but even that low number is better than in the past.

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