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  1. Fossils

    Bright-colored feathers may have topped pterosaurs’ heads

    Fossil remains of a flying reptile hint that their vibrant crests may have originated 250 million years ago in a common ancestor with dinosaurs.

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  2. Space

    The first plants ever grown in moon dirt have sprouted

    This tiny garden shows farming on the moon may be difficult, although not impossible.

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  3. Tech

    A new audio system confuses smart devices that try to eavesdrop

    It works by playing soft, calculated sounds to help people protect their privacy from automatic speech-recognition systems.

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  4. Animals

    Let’s learn about amphibians

    Amphibians are named after the Greek word for “double life” because many transform from water dwellers to landlubbers as they grow up.

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  5. Humans

    Scientists Say: Denisovan

    The Denisovans were a recently discovered population of ancient hominids.

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  6. Earth

    Tiny gemstones show when Earth’s crust first started moving

    Chemical hints observed in zircons suggest when the important process of plate tectonics first took off.

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  7. Animals

    Watch how a western banded gecko takes down a scorpion

    New high-speed video reveals how normally mild-mannered geckos can violently shake venomous prey into submission.

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  8. Fossils

    Cool Jobs: Bringing paleontology to the people

    From museums to movies, these three paleontologists totally rock their connections with the public.

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  9. Science & Society

    Good at reading? That’s no sign girls won’t also cut it in STEM

    U.S. parents read to their daughters, but few coach them on math. This may explain why girls excel at English but aren’t sure STEM is for them.

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  10. Space

    Behold: The biggest known comet in our solar system

    This “dirty snowball” in space is about twice as wide as Rhode Island and darker than coal.

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  11. Tech

    Teens’ new tech would send alerts to reduce preventable deaths

    A trio of teen innovations created devices that can speed up the response time to pool accidents, overheating in cars and combat-related injuries.

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  12. Physics

    Scientists Say: Inertia

    Inertia is the tendency of objects to resist changes in their motion.

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