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  1. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…Robo-Raven!

    “Hawks and other birds of prey are famous for their keen eyesight. But researchers have created a robotic bird so lifelike that it’s even fooled hawks, which swoop down and attack it the way they would any other pigeonlike bird.” Live Science

  2. By Trying it All, Predatory Sea Slug Learns What Not to Eat

    Researchers have found that a predatory sea slug has more complex cognative abilities that previously thought, allowing it to learn the warning cues of dangerous prey and avoid them in the future. PLOS One

  3. Stalagmites Provide New View of Abrupt Climate Change

    “A new set of long-term climate records based on cave stalagmites collected from tropical Borneo shows that the western tropical Pacific responded very differently than other regions of the globe to abrupt climate change events.” PhysOrg

  4. Comet Flies Into Sun to Reveal Secrets

    “A comet’s close encounter with the Sun has given scientists a look at a solar region that has never been visited by spacecrafts.” BBC

  5. Iraqi Artists Are Back on the World Stage

    “For the first time in over 30 years, artists living in Iraq are participating in one of the world’s biggest art festivals.” National Geographic

  6. The Atlas of Earth: Stalking the Planet’s DNA

    “Scientists are hunting DNA, isolating all the genes in soil and seawater, regardless of which organism they belong to. The plan is to build a global ‘gene atlas,’ then to work out how nutrients and waste products migrate through the ecosystem.” Wired

  7. Irish Monks Unknowingly Recorded Centuries of Volcano History

    “At monasteries across medieval Ireland, monks recorded significant events such as feast days, obituaries, and instances of extreme weather, the chronicles are generally known as the Irish Annals. Researchers at Harvard…scrutinized 40,000 entries in the Irish Annals dating between the 1,218-year period between 431 to 1649.” Nature World News

  8. Report Criticizes U.S. Stewardship of Wild Horses

    “The report, conducted by the National Academy of Sciences at the behest of the Bureau of Land Management and released Wednesday, concluded that the bureau’s methods of counting the thousands of wild horses and burros that wander rural stretches of the United States were inconsistent and most likely inaccurate.” New York Times

  9. Black Holes May Have Been Common in Early Universe

    “Black holes may have been abundant among the first stars in the universe, helping explain the origin of the supermassive monsters that lurk at the heart of galaxies today, researchers say.” Space

  10. Video: Teen Builds Submarine for $2000

    An 18-year-old high school student used drainage pipes to build a fully functional one-man submarine. It took him six months. Buzzfeed
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