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Tyrannosaurus rex

TUFTED DINO  This life-size representation of Tyrannosaurus rex, on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, shows patches of feathers on the head and tail.

a camera sitting on a melt pond

MISSING ICE Cameras, like this one, set up in the Chukchi and Bering seas, record how much light reaches through the melt ponds that sit atop sea ice. More light means more algal blooms grow below the surface.

snapping shrimp

OH SNAP!  Snapping shrimp slam their claws shut, producing bubbles that generate plasma and unleash shock waves at prey. Scientists have now reproduced this phenomenon using a 3-D printed claw replica.

gray wolf

BACK ON TOP  Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary Epic Yellowstone describes the return of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park, and the critical role such top predators play in the park’s ecosystem.  

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