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Cognition researchers are discovering surprising capabilities among a group of itsy-bitsy arachnids

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Researchers are using AI to try to communicate with whales.


All sorts of creatures jettison parts of their own DNA, and scientists have no idea why.

A pair of recent cheating scandals—one in the “speedrunning” community of gamers, and one in medical research—call attention to an alarming contrast.

Real evidence of extraterrestrial life will come from a distant corner of space, not UFOs in our sky.


For all the hype that box-cats command, scientists still don’t fully understand why felines both big and small so fervidly flop their keisters into anything and everything. And because cats are generally uncooperative study subjects, humans have had a hell of a time trying to suss it all out. “We can’t get into those little brains,” Mikel Delgado, a cat-behavior expert at Feline Minds, a cat-behavior consulting group, told me.

Disturbingly light is the head that wears the crown.


Post-immunization cases, sometimes called “breakthroughs,” are very rare and very expected.


Tracking the coronavirus’s evolution, letter by letter, is revolutionizing pandemic science.


Tiny iodine particles are clumping together to trap sunlight and melt polar sea ice.