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Tarantula in Black: Dark, Hairy Spider Named After Johnny Cash

A newly discovered tarantula sports a black coat that is as dark and brooding as its celebrity namesake: the renowned singer Johnny Cash. Tarantulas, the hairy spiders that stole movie scenes and won hearts in popular films like “Home Alone,” … Continue reading

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Scientists find Zika in saliva, urine; unclear if can transmit infection

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Zika has been identified in the saliva and urine of two patients infected by the virus, a leading Brazilian health institute said on Friday, adding that further studies are needed to determine if those fluids … Continue reading

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Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England’s … Continue reading

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Dutch Police Deploy Drone-Disabling Birds of Prey

For law enforcement officers around the world, partnering with animals is a time-honored tradition. Mounted police do their duty on horseback — and, in some countries, camelback. Specially trained dogs serve and protect by sniffing out drugs and explosives. But … Continue reading

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Conquer Mont Blanc from Your Couch with Google Street View

It’s now possible to scale the brilliant, snowcapped peaks of Mont Blanc, one of Europe’s tallest mountains, from the comfort of your couch. A new Google project lets Alpine enthusiasts see close-up, 360-degree views of Mont Blanc on any device … Continue reading

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Fine-Tune the World with ‘Augmented Reality’ Earbuds

Imagine if you could make a garage band sound as if it were playing in a concert hall, or if could turn down the volume of a screaming baby on an airplane. New earbuds from the Here Active Listening can … Continue reading

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Here’s the Happiest State in the Country

Something about tropical breezes, turquoise waters and stunning scenery seems to be good for the soul. Hawaii has been ranked the top state for well-being, regaining its “happy spot” from last year’s winner, Alaska, according to a new survey. The … Continue reading

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Millennials See Themselves As Narcissistic, Too (And It Bothers Them)

Millennials, roughly defined as the generation born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, often hear that they’re the most narcissistic, entitled generation of all time. Now, a new study examines how these young adults feel about those labels. … Continue reading

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Weird Ancient Wildebeest Sported Duck-Billed Dinosaur Nose

Duck-billed dinosaurs and an ancient wildebeest-like animal lived tens of millions of years apart, but they have strikingly similar, peculiar noses, a new study finds. Both creatures sported a trumpetlike nasal passage that extended to the tops of the animals’ … Continue reading

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India says no rush on GM food but will not stand in way of science

By Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India needs more data before deciding whether to permit commercial growing of its first genetically modified food crop, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday, but indicated it would not stand “in the … Continue reading

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