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Crow with tool

Clever crows

After using tools, the birds behave more optimistically, study suggests

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Yaya Ku with moon rock

How the moon came to be

Graduate student gets her hands on lunar samples to learn how the gleaming orb was formed

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Center for Astrophysics astronomer Laura Kreidberg framed by a metal structure

Are we alone in the universe?

Harvard astronomer Laura Kreidberg spends her days looking at extrasolar planets trying to answer the question

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Peacock spider.

A product idea with legs

Researchers: Deeper understanding of the peacock spider’s anti-reflective black surface may yield new applications

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Hand holding oscillators

Soft robots for all

The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow

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Polorization graphic illustration

Polarizing apposite

Portable camera that sees light vibrate could be used in machine vision, autonomous vehicles, security, atmospheric chemistry, and more

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So you think he can dance?

A study of YouTube star Snowball the cockatoo suggests humans may not be the only ones who can groove to a beat

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Charles Lieber

Combing out a tangled problem

A new technique speeds creation of nanowire devices, boosting research into what’s happening inside cells

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Fish in the ocean

Oceans away

New NASA-funded program to study water worlds, environments to understand limits of life as part of the search for life on other planets

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