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Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer

A new study points to a surprising reason for the varied shape of bird eggs—and shows that most eggs aren’t actually egg-shaped. Ed Yong 2:00 PM ET Beawiharta Beawiharta / Reuters

What Are Your Eclipse Plans?

We want to know how you’re celebrating the celestial event of the summer. Rebecca Boyle 10:20 AM ET
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When Squirrels Attack

A cautionary tale Adrienne LaFrance Jun 21, 2017 NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

The Eerie Alignment of Ancient Giant Galaxies

New research using Hubble shows these massive, bright objects aligned with their surroundings as far back as 10 billion years ago. Marina Koren Jun 21, 2017 Alex Brandon / AP

Inside the Mind of a Hypocrite

Why hypocrisy bothers us so much, and how politicians can rationalize it anyway Olga Khazan Jun 21, 2017 Nathan Morehouse

This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life

For the cabbage white, sex involves sperm packages of ungodly size, genitals that double as a souped-up stomach, and an unexpected set of chewing jaws. Ed Yong Jun 20, 2017 Graham Roumieu

What Is the Most Underappreciated Medical Invention in History?

A big question July/August 2017 Issue
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Beyond the Five Senses

Telepathy, echolocation, and the future of perception Matthew Hutson July/August 2017 Issue Christopher DeLorenzo

How Vanity Could Save the Planet

Worrying about social status is a surprisingly good motivator for people to go green. Matthew Hutson July/August 2017 Issue

How to Fight Superbugs

One scientist’s solution to drug-resistant bacteria Maryn McKenna, Caitlin Cadieux, Nicolas Pollock, and Alice Roth Jun 19, 2017 Thomas Mukoya / Reuters

The Great Thing About Mass Wildebeest Drownings

Their bodies pile up by the hundreds, nourishing the Serengeti—and contributing to the circle of life. Ed Yong Jun 19, 2017 NOAA

The Mussels That Eat Oil

With help from bacteria, these shellfish can thrive on volcanoes made of asphalt. Ed Yong Jun 19, 2017
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Why People Believe Low-Frequency Sound Is Dangerous

Anxiety over “wind-turbine syndrome” stems from a decades-old misunderstanding of inaudible noise. Philip Jaekl Jun 19, 2017 Grigorita Ko / Shutterstock

How Cats Used Humans to Conquer the World

Ancient DNA from 209 cats over 9,000 years tell the story of their dispersal. Sarah Zhang Jun 19, 2017 NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Ariz.

Where Is Our Sun's Twin?

New research suggests sun-like stars are born in pairs, resurrecting the idea of a solar sibling from billions of years ago. Marina Koren Jun 19, 2017 Science Photo Library / Getty

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health. Ed Yong Jun 16, 2017 Getty

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life

…at least in worms. Would it work in humans? Ed Yong Jun 15, 2017
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The Millennial Astronaut Who Wants to Go to Mars

Jessica Watkins, one of NASA’s newest recruits, says she’s ready—but only if there’s a ride back. Marina Koren Jun 15, 2017 Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

The Standing Rock Sioux Claim ‘Victory and Vindication’ in Court

A federal judge rules that the Dakota Access pipeline did not receive an adequate environmental vetting. Robinson Meyer Jun 14, 2017 Bob Strong / Reuters

Obama Conserved 1.3 Million Acres in Utah—Can Trump Undo That?

No president has shrunk a national monument in half a century. Robinson Meyer Jun 14, 2017 More Stories
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