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Four-Foot-Long Lizards Proliferating in Southeastern U.S.

November 25, 2020

Argentine tegu lizards are spreading throughout the southeastern United States, National Geographic reported. The lizards are omnivores, eating smaller animals and fruits, and are the size of dogs, though they can grow up to four feet in length. Reptiles have many unique characteristics. […]

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British Brewer Turns Surplus Bread from Bakeries into Beer

November 17, 2020

A British brewery is replacing one-third of its barley with leftover bread, CNN reported. Their goal is to reduce food waste and they’ve inspired other breweries around the world to do the same. Studies show that choosing where to get food affects the food web. […]

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Fugitive Self-Cloning Mutant Crayfish Invade Antwerp Cemetery

November 7, 2020

A Belgian cemetery has been overrun with unnatural mutant crayfish, “The New Zealand Herald” reported. The all-female horde of crustaceans don’t require males to reproduce and were initially created in a breeding program. Understanding cloning begins with a look at cells. […]

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Profanity Filter Wreaks Havoc on Virtual Paleontology Conference

October 28, 2020

Paleontologists were unable to discuss bones online due to a language filter, “The Guardian” reported. Slang terminology butted heads with science when a computerized language filter mistook fossil talk for naughty language. Finding fossils is hard enough without dealing with censorship. […]

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Scientists Detect Star Being Consumed by Black Hole

October 25, 2020

A flash of light in the night sky was a star falling prey to a black hole, Axios reported. Half the star was consumed by the black hole and the other half was ejected away from it, one astronomer said. The Great Courses’ “Mind-Blowing Science” course has more. […]

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Cats Understand When You Slowly Blink at Them, Study Shows

October 18, 2020

So-called “slow blinking” at cats makes them more receptive to humans, Science Alert reported. When cats keep their eyes narrow and slowly blink, it means they are content, and is similar to smiling. The cat family Felidae exhibits many shared behaviors. […]

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