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Some Wolf Pups Show Innate Fetching Talent

Some wolf pups will play fetch with a stranger, suggesting that an ability to playfully interact with people could have come before, and played a role in, dog domestication.

January 25, 2020 — Karen Hopkin

Curiosity Killed the ... Mouse?

The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii boosts curiosity in mice—which makes them more likely to be caught by cats, thus continuing the parasite’s life cycle. Karen Hopkin reports...

January 23, 2020 — Karen Hopkin

Brittle Stars Can “See” without Eyes

The starfish relatives can recognize patterns using photoreceptors on their arms—and their color-changing abilities could have something to do with it. Christopher Intagliata reports...

January 9, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Atlantic Puffins Spotted Using Tools

Scientists observed two Atlantic puffins using sticks to scratch themselves—the first known instance of seabirds using tools. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

January 7, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

The Weapons of Sexual Rivalry

Male competition and female preferences have driven arms races for the flashiest horns, antlers, pincers, tusks and claws

December 24, 2019 — Kendall Powell and Knowable Magazine

Deep Breather

Explaining the very long steps of Earth’s oxygenation—and perhaps that of other planets, too

December 22, 2019 — Caleb A. Scharf
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