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Trash-Eating Gulls Cause Algae Blooms with Their Poop

Trash-Eating Birds Cause Algae Blooms with Their Poop
July 19, 2017

It is easy to recognize how closely tied the environment, the economy and wildlife are to our habits and to each other because we hear stories to that effect every day.

The amazing fact of that interconnectedness can sometimes lose its punch as we are repeatedly bombarded. It loses its punch that is, until a story like this pops up.

Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process

Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process
June 30, 2017

You have probably heard the expression about looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty: to see the best or the worst in any situation.

What you probably did not know is that every time you do that, you are tapping into a gigantic body of research that spans psychology, economics and mass communication.

In Animals, Female Attractiveness is About More than Finding a Mate

In animals, female attractiveness is about more than finding a mate
March 29, 2017

Just like us, animals can be show-offs.

The giant plumage of a peacock and the green head of a mallard are evolutionarily designed to get the attention of peahens and female mallards, but flash and ornamentation are not strictly male attributes.

Silver Nanowires Could be Key to Printable Electronics

Silver nanowires could be key to printable electronics
March 3, 2017

Every smart phone, computer and electronic device relies on conducting circuits: loops of material that funnel electrons through a device. As electronics get more sophisticated, however, engineers are looking for new ways to make circuits that are more flexible and that can work on different surfaces.

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