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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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    • How to See with Eyes Made of Rock

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Certain species of the crawling lumps of mollusk called chitons polka-dot their armor-plated backs with hundreds of tiny eyes. But mixing protection and vision can come at a price. The lenses are rocky nuggets formed mostly of aragonite, the same mineral that pearls and abalone shells are made of. New analyses of these eyes support previous evidence that they form rough images instead of just sensing overall lightness or darkness, says materials scientist Ling Li of Harvard University.

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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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    • 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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    • Bacterial DNA Alters Pill Bug Sex

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Wolbachia gene transfers have shaped female chromosome.

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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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    • 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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    • Shark Takes Aim at Longevity Record

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The latest in birthday science proposes that the vertebrate with the longest life span yet measured is the mysterious Greenland shark.

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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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    • 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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    • Overlooked Mass Migration Spotted

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Trillions of arthropods fly over United Kingdom annually.

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    • Lights at Night Trick Wild Wallabies into Breeding Late

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Artificial lighting knocks seasonal breeders out of sync with rains and food.

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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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    • 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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    • Clams Keep Seagrasses Happy, Healthy

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Clamming up could help underwater seagrass meadows better withstand drought, heat waves and climate change. Breakdown of a symbiotic bond between seagrasses along the West African coast and tiny lucinid clams can exacerbate damage in hard times, researchers say. So protecting meadows may mean worrying just as much about the partnership as the seagrasses themselves, says coauthor Tjisse van der Heide of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

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    • Wild Elephants Clock Shortest Shut-Eye Recorded for Mammals

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Average snooze of two hours per night deepens mystery of sleep’s role.

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • New Tree of Life Confirms Strange History of Birds

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 5 mins
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    A worldwide effort reexamines avian evolution.

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