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Clever Ants Have Backup Navigation Systems

An ant walking in the desert can gauge distance by footsteps and the sun's position, but an ant being carried can estimate distance by visual information perceived as it passed by.  

September 22, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

What Causes Wildfires?

The wildfire season started early this month in the northwestern U.S., and the huge blaze still burns in Fort McMurray, Alberta, after three weeks of fighting the flames. What causes wildfires on this scale, and how can we prevent them? 

September 21, 2016 — Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt

Road Noise Makes Birds' Lives Tougher

By playing road noise where there was no road, researchers were able to gauge the effect of the noise on bird behavior without having to deal with the effect of the road itself. 

September 13, 2016 — Jason G. Goldman

Secrets of Life in the Soil

Diana Wall has built a career on overturning assumptions about underground ecosystems. Now she is seeking to protect this endangered world

September 13, 2016 — Rachel Cernansky and Nature magazine

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