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May. 15, 2015

‘Thrifty’ Metabolisms, Bad News Bees, and a Pricey Jar of Peanut Butter

Virginia Hughes of BuzzFeed News joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.

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Jul. 18, 2014

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Jan. 03, 2014

Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act

Currently, there are 2,142 U.S. and foreign species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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