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Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.
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Do Fish Have Fingers?

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.
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Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a space. Ants aren't as symmetrical as they appear. Their left eye may be better than the right for detecting predators.
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Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.
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Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?
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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.
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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.
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Researchers Work to Better Understand the Brains of Deaf Language Learners

In the first known study of its kind, researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center and Gallaudet University have shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure, as does hearing status.

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

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