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Bird's Song Staying Power Implies Culture

Certain motifs in swamp sparrow songs can last hundreds, even thousands of years—evidence of a cultural tradition in the birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 22, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Mongooses Gift Grooming for Guard Duty

Humans and other primates often reciprocate good deeds. A new study suggests a nonprimate, the dwarf mongoose, does so, too, even after a delay. Christopher Intagliata reports.

June 1, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Computers Predict Pop Chart Success

An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

May 24, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Dinosaurs: From Humble Beginnings to Global Dominance

Edinburgh University paleontologist Steve Brusatte talks about his May 2018 Scientific American article, "The Unlikely Triumph of the Dinosaurs," and his new book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.

May 23, 2018 — Stephen Brusatte and Steve Mirsky
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