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Wild Songbirds Can Pick Up New Tunes

Researchers taught two dozen wild sparrows new songs, by playing them the recordings of sparrows that live thousands of miles away. Jason G. Goldman reports.

15 hours ago — Jason G. Goldman

Tinder for Cheetahs; and an Unusual Blindness

Scientific American Assistant News Editor Tanya Lewis and Collections Editor Andrea Gawrylewski host a new podcast that takes a deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine.

October 17, 2018 — Tanya Lewis and Andrea Gawrylewski

Solar Eclipse Was a Buzzkill for Bees

Bees suddenly fell silent when the sun disappeared during last year's solar eclipse—perhaps because they were tricked into night mode. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

October 12, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Seeing in the Dark

A twilight activity from Science Buddies

October 11, 2018 — Science Buddies and Sabine de Brabandere

Mom's Genes Make Some Giraffes Hard to Spot

Baby giraffes inherit aspects of their mothers' patterning—which could give them a survival advantage if good camouflage runs in the family. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 10, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Beer Fermentation Hops Along

The bittering agents called hops have enzymes that chew up starch and unleash more fermentable sugar—which can boost alcohol and CO2 in the finished brew. Christopher Intagliata reports.

October 4, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata