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A molecular compass for bird navigation

Each year, the Arctic Tern travels over 40,000 miles, migrating nearly from pole to pole and back again. Other birds make similar (though shorter) journeys in search of warmer climes. How do these birds manage ...

Feb 27, 2015
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Flocks of starlings ride the wave to escape

Why does it seem as if a dark band ripples through a flock of European starlings that are steering clear of a falcon or a hawk? It all lies in the birds' ability to quickly and repeatedly dip to one side to avoid being attacked. ...

Mar 26, 2015
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Just right: A spider's tale

In the Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the little girl tries out the bears' large, medium, and small chairs to find the one that fits her best. When she does, she exclaims, "This chair is just right!"

Mar 25, 2015
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