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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.

October 18, 2018 — Jason G. Goldman

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

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

Sea Otters' Powerful Paw Prey Perception

The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 18, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Genetic Tweak Gave Early Humans a Leg Up

A mutation in a key gene may have endowed humans with superior endurance—allowing them to compete better with other animals on the savanna. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 13, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata