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From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.
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You Can't See It, But You'll Be A Different Person In 10 Years

People generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past, according to fresh research.
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Wind Industry Secures Tax Credit, But Damage May Be Done

Uncertainty over the credit had lingered for a while, causing the industry to put off long-term planning. So while the now-approved tax credit revives prospects for an industry facing tens of thousands of layoffs, don't expect to see many new turbines coming up soon.
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Study: People Know They Will Change, But Underestimate How Much

New research in the journal Science suggests that people aren't aware of how much they will change in the next decade of their lives. Teenagers, middle-aged people, and older people all recognize that they have changed a lot in the past, but all think they will change relatively little in the future. People at all ages think that the pace of personal change has slowed to a crawl and they have recently become the people they will remain.
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Apes Have Food, Will Share For A Social Payoff

Humans have a long tradition of sharing food with strangers, and it turns out bonobos do it, too. In fact, the bonobos in a recent experiment were more likely to offer fruit and nuts to a stranger than to a familiar ape. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're altruistic.
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'Stand Your Ground' Linked To Increase In Homicides

A controversial self-defense statute appears to produce more killings, according to a new study. Advocates for the law say it's working as designed. But researchers have different explanations about what might be happening.
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Grrr, Said The Grylloblattid. I'm Not Leaving. Not Yet.

Here's an animal that's really, really old on our planet, a true survivor. But to keep going, it's been forced to move, over and over, till it's almost out of moves. The story of a bug that ran away from flowers and learned to live on ice.
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Can Skinny Models Undermine Your Dieting Goals?

Many people turn to superfit models for weight-loss inspiration. There's growing evidence that this is a mistake. New research from the Netherlands explores whether repeated exposure to images of skinny models helps or hinders dieters.

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