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    • In Debate Over Origin of Fairy Circles, Both Sides Might Be Right

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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    Weirdly regular bald spots in dry grasslands may arise from both plant and termite competitions.

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    • Hush Humans, We're Trying to Survive Here

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 19 mins
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    The racket of humankind can drown out little sounds of life-and-death importance.

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    • What Gives Frog Tongues the Gift of Grab

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Quick-switch saliva, squishy tissue combine to catch prey.

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    • Fairy Circles Found Outside of Africa

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    Beyond the small mining town of Newman in Western Australia lie the first fairy circles that scientists have described outside of Africa. These patches of bare soil dot outback grasslands in almost regular polka-dot patterns, just like the puzzling circle landscapes known from Namibia, says ecologist Stephan Getzin of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany.

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    • Jumping Spider Hears Distant Sounds

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Accidental chair squeaks in a lab have tipped off researchers to a new world of eavesdroppers. Spiders don’t have eardrums, though their exquisitely sensitive leg hairs pick up vibrations humming through solids like web silk. Biologists thought airborne sounds more than a few centimeters away would be inaudible. But the first recordings of auditory nerve cells firing inside a spider brain suggest that the Phidippus audax jumping spider picks up airborne sounds from at least three meters away.

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

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Challenges adjusting from volatile to stable social rewards can lead to misbehavior.

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    • Unusually Loose Skin Protects Hagfish

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Floppy outer covering aids in shark attacks, Houdini escapes.

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    • Good Luck Outsmarting a Mosquito

    • By: Susan Milius
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    The blood-sucking insects use their senses in sequence in a relentless search to find you.

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    • Science Versus Mosquito

    • By: Susan Milius
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    • Length: 9 mins
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    Controlling one of the world's most dangerous animals takes on new urgency. "Science Versus Mosquito" is from the April 2, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • Animal Math

    • By: Susan Milius
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    • 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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    • Arctic Passageways Let Species Mingle

    • By: Susan Milius
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    • 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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    • New Tree of Life Confirms Strange History of Birds

    • By: Susan Milius
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    A worldwide effort reexamines avian evolution.

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    • How One Enslaving Wasp Eats Through Another

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Parasites can drive their hosts to do weird, dumb things. But in certain oak trees, the parasites themselves get played.

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    • Sea Creatures' Sticky 'Mucus Houses' Catch Ocean Carbon Really Fast

    • By: Susan Milius
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    Never underestimate the value of a disposable mucus house. Filmy, see-through envelopes of mucus, called “houses,” get discarded daily by the largest of the sea creatures that exude them. The old houses, often more than a meter across, sink toward the ocean bottom carrying with them plankton and other biological tidbits snagged in their goo.

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    • How a Flamingo Balances on One Leg

    • By: Susan Milius
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    A question flamingo researchers get asked all the time — why the birds stand on one leg — may need rethinking. The bigger puzzle may be why flamingos bother standing on two.

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    • Selfish Genes Hide for Decades in Plain Sight of Worm Geneticists

    • By: Susan Milius
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    A strain of wild Hawaiian worms has helped unmask long-studied genes as just plain selfish. The scammers beat the usual odds of inheritance and spread extra fast by making mother worms poison some of their offspring.

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    • Ancient Attack Marks Show Ocean Predators Got Scarier

    • By: Susan Milius
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    In pumped-up sequels for scary beach movies, each predator is bigger than the last. Turns out that predators in real-world oceans may have upsized over time, too.

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    • Hermaphrodite Wildflower Has Its Own Battle of the Sexes

    • By: Susan Milius
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    What’s best for the floral male bits clashes with what’s best for female parts.

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    • Bones Reveal What It Was Like to Grow Up Dodo

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Cutting into precious bone specimens gives clues to the extinct birds’ life and times.

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    • How Architecture Can Make Ants Better Workers

    • By: Susan Milius
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    Construction traits of nests improve collective behavior.

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