Turn the Lights Out. Here Come the Birds.

Each year, about 365 million to one billion birds die by smacking into reflective or transparent windows.Matt Slocum/Associated PressBy Christine HauserDozens of American cities are being transformed this spring, enveloped in darkness as the lights that usually brighten up their skylines are turned off at night to prevent birds from fatal impacts…
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The Science of Cooking

The majority of shoppers in the United States have been eating at home more often since the pandemic began. That’s according to a 2020 report from Acosta, a marketing company that studies consumer trends. This means people are cooking more, too. And one way to make homemade meals more delicious is science.…
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Virus Variants Can Infect Mice, Scientists Report

B.1.351 and P1, the coronavirus variants discovered in South Africa and Brazil, can replicate in rodents. So far, the virus does not seem to be able to jump from humans to mice, from mice to humans, or from mice to mice.Gerald Herbert/Associated PressBy Apoorva MandavilliBats, humans, monkeys, minks, big cats and big apes — the coronavirus can make…
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Dolphin Discovery

Movies, TV shows, and even Greek myths portray dolphins as helpful, playful creatures. “The world loves a good dolphin story,” Blake Morton, a scientist who studies animal behavior, told TIME for Kids. “And I think one reason for that is we see a lot of ourselves mirrored in their behavior.” Morton used…
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Cows That Eat Seaweed Pollute Less

You might not expect it, but cows are a large source of the greenhouse gases that are driving climate change. Now scientists have shown that the pollution from cows can be reduced by adding a little seaweed to their food. Cows have one stomach, but it has four separate sections. This allows them to process grass and other foods that humans…
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Meet Nemo, the peacock spider

media_cameraThe Nemo peacock spider has been named after the clownfish from Finding Nemo. Picture: Museums Victoria animals Reading level: green A newly discovered species of peacock spider with a bright orange…
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