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When Snakes Had Use for a Pair of Legs

Snakes, with their sleek bodies and kaleidoscopic diversity, have long entranced humans. But we know very little about the evolutionary past of these legless...

How Did Plants Conquer Land? These Humble Algae Hold Clues

If you’ve ever noticed a slimy film of algae on a rock, chances are you didn’t pay it much attention. But some of these...

A Black Hole Threw a Star Out of the Milky Way Galaxy

There are fastballs, and then there are cosmic fastballs. Now it seems that the strongest arm in our galaxy might belong to a supermassive...

The Bacterial Surprise in This Bird’s Smell

When a bird preens its feathers, it uses a little of nature’s own pomade: an oil made by glands just above the tail. This...

Infants and Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar, Researchers Say

Nearly all American toddlers and about two-thirds of infants consume added sugar, despite nutritionists’ recommendations that children avoid the sweetener, according to a government...

Millions of Ibises Were Mummified. But Where Did Ancient Egypt Get Them?

The ancient Egyptians left us with plenty of head scratching. How did they actually build the pyramids? Where is Queen Nefertiti buried? What’s inside...

How Narwhal the ‘Unicorn’ Puppy May Have Grown a Tail on His Head

A puppy with a tail on his face gained viral fame this week.“I would die for Narwhal,” a number of Twitter commenters pledged.The rescue...

Leonids Meteor Shower Will Peak in Night Skies

All year long as Earth revolves around the sun, it passes through streams of cosmic debris. The resulting meteor showers can light up night...

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When Snakes Had Use for a Pair of Legs

Snakes, with their sleek bodies and kaleidoscopic diversity, have long entranced humans. But we know very little about the...
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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the...

A Rose Is a Rose Is … Your Experience of a Rose? A Writer Plumbs Consciousness

By the standards of the genre, Parks’s effort is minor. Speaking to just Manzotti and those three people over...

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When Snakes Had Use for a Pair of Legs

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The Trees and the Forest of New Towers

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