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    • Animal Math

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Searching the barnyard and zoo for the evolutionary roots of human number crunching.

    "Animal Math" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • DNA Edits Boost Photosynthesis

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Improving response to excess light may increase crop yields.

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    • How Architecture Can Make Ants Better Workers

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Construction traits of nests improve collective behavior.

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    • Changing Climate Could Worsen Foods' Nutrition

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 11 mins
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    A dinner plate piled high with food from plants might not deliver the same nutrition toward the end of this century as it does today. Climate change could shrink the mineral and protein content of wheat, rice and other staple crops, mounting evidence suggests.

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    • Extinct Salmon Sported Tusks

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Pacific Northwest nightmares are getting a revision. The saber-toothed salmon that once swam in the region may have been less saber-toothed cat and more tusky warthog.

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    • Aging's Wild Side

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 20 mins
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    The scene was stranger than it looked, even by Las Vegas standards: Two young men pull up in a U-Haul truck to a motel outside the city. They check in and move a cooler into their room. They appear to be handling something of importance, and look to see if the ice needs replenishing. Inside the cooler is not the makings of epic hangovers but instead an experiment in eternal youth.

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    • Ants Swayed by 6-Legged Social Media

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Colonies' collective choices change when scouts say 'follow me'. "Ants Swayed by 6-Legged Social Media" is from the April 2, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • Arctic Passageways Let Species Mingle

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 8 mins
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    One whale spotted in the wrong ocean seemed merely odd. But a second misplaced whale looked more like a sign of an ecological shake-up: Pacific Ocean fauna moving into the Atlantic Ocean and vice versa. As the Arctic’s icy barriers melt, new waterways may soon allow many formerly separated animals to move and mix.

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    • Heat Turns Wild Genetic Male Reptiles into Functional Females

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Some genetically male Australian bearded dragons are growing up as fully functional females in the wild — the first reptiles confirmed to reverse sex under natural conditions.

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    • Big Genetics Study Blazes Path for Bringing Back Tomato Flavor

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    An analysis of nearly 400 kinds of tomatoes suggests which flavor compounds could bring heirloom deliciousness back to varieties that were bred for toughness over taste.

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    • Why Ground Squirrels Go Ninja Over Nothing

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Whole scientific careers have gone into understanding why a harmless handful of fluff like a California ground squirrel taunts rattlesnakes. Now Rulon Clark and his team at San Diego State University are exploring the puzzle of why the squirrels also seem to taunt rocks, sticks and the occasional shrub.

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    • Life Hacks

    • Surprising Adaptations Help Plants and Animals Thrive
    • By: Esther Landhuis, Susan Milius, Sharon Oosthoek, and others
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
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    It's time to get up close and personal with the creatures that live in our world - from mosquitoes to geckos to dolphins and even our fellow humans. This compilation from Science News for Students explores the bodies, minds, and behaviors of an impressive range of organisms and turns up some true surprises. Listen and learn how birds stay in the air, how mucus keeps you alive, and why wolves are such great problem solvers.

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    • Even Fast-Breeding Rabbits Can't Withstand Everglades Python Invasion

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Even breeding like bunnies can’t save some mammals in Everglades National Park from invading Burmese pythons.

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    • Bees May like Neonicotinoids, but Some May Be Harmed

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Bees don’t have the mouthpart sensitivity to taste - and thus can’t avoid - nectar tainted with neonicotinoid pesticides, new lab tests indicate. And the charm of nicotine may even seduce bees into favoring pesticide-spiked nectar.

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    • When You’re Happy and You Show It, Dogs Know It

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Sit. Stay. Discriminate. Dogs really may be as good as their owners claim at distinguishing emotional expressions in a human face, researchers report online February 12 in Current Biology.

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    • Chasing Breath

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 20 mins
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    Colleen Farmer was alone one night dissecting an alligator. Her focus was on blood flow in the heart, when suddenly, a hypothesis unfolded about animal lungs. In one sweep, she realized that what physiologists have assumed for decades about the evolution of airflow in alligators, other living reptiles, birds and maybe even dinosaurs might just be startlingly wrong.

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    • Strange Relations

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 21 mins
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    Schoolroom kingdoms are taking a backseat to life’s supergroups.

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    • Seeing Humans as Super Predators

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    To get a glimpse of a superpredator, just look in the mirror. Comparing hunting habits of mammals and fishes reveals humans as Earth’s most dangerous, oddball predator — one that targets adult prey in large numbers, a practice that can push populations into decline.

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    • Physically Abused Kids Learn to Fail at Social Rules for Success

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Challenges adjusting from volatile to stable social rewards can lead to misbehavior.

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    • Yeasts Can Hide in Lichen Partnerships

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The discovery of yeasts hiding in lichens from six continents might shake up a basic idea of what makes up a lichen partnership. Fifty-two genera of lichens collected from around the world include a second fungus - single cells, called yeasts, of a previously unknown order now christened Cyphobasidiales.

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