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Dragonflies Outmigrate Butterflies

Globe skimmer dragonflies migrate more than 15,000 kilometers, breeding with the locals as they travel and creating an interrelated global population. A dragonfly from Japan may have more in common with Guyanese dragonflies, genetically speaking, than its own Japanese cousins...

May 6, 2016 — Leila Falls and Christopher Intagliata

Do Lobsters Need Earplugs?

Human-caused ocean noises cause clams to clam up and lobsters to scurry for cover, which could wreak havoc with nutrient cycling.

April 1, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers

Restless Pluto [Video]

Soar over Pluto’s seas, mountains, craters and volcanoes of ice in this montage of images released by NASA from the New Horizons encounter with the dwarf planet. Check out this article for details...

March 18, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Containing Chernobyl for the Next 100 Years

Thirty years after Chernobyl’s nuclear reactor No. 4 exploded, the building built around the site has reached the end of its expected life span. The New Safe Confinement is a gigantic steel arch that will fit over the old protective shell—the “sarcophagus” built by the Soviet Union soon after the explosion...

April 21, 2016 — John Wendle

Almost Intelligent Agents

Voice-activated intelligent agents use pattern recognition to understand your words - but they do not always understand what you mean.

November 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Aviation Furniture: When Planes Come Home

A junkyard full of old airplanes turns out to be an artist’s playground. Several companies exist to turn historic old aircraft parts into seating, tables, picture frames, book shelves and any other piece of furniture you might imagine...

January 22, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

DARPA's Dancing Robot

Spot, DARPA's four-legged robotic pack mule, shows off nimbler moves and a quieter drive system than its predecessor.

October 1, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier and Benjamin Meyers

Working in an Ebola Protection Suit

Scientific American checked out what doctors and nurses do in order to stay safe while caring for highly infectious patients.

October 29, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Dina Fine Maron
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