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  • Mystery Solved

    Synchronous birth

    For young banded mongoose moms, there’s only one choice for when to give birth — the same day as older, dominant mothers. In communities of these cat-sized animals, all females give birth together, no matter when they became pregnant.

    It’s in the subordinate mongoose’s best interest to synchronize labor to give her young their best chance at survival, researchers now report. When...

    01/30/2014 - 10:18 Animals
  • Feature

    Grape expectations

    Antonio Busalacchi knows quality wine. As a sommelier, his educated palate can discern the oak undertones or mineral accents of a wine — flavors that elude most wine drinkers. He picks up on other nuances too. One sip of deep, inky purple, and he can distinguish the jammy, syrup-ripe fruit flavor of a shiraz grown in a warm climate from the lean olive notes of a syrah, made from the same grape...

    01/24/2014 - 14:50 Climate, Ecosystems
  • Feature

    Life’s early traces

    Western Australia’s Pilbara region isn’t known for its hospitality to life. Dry creek beds carve paths through dusty red earth, and razor-sharp grasses cover the area’s low hills. In this place with record-setting heat and months of minimal rainfall, hardy plants and animals eke out an existence.

    But the Pilbara may have been prime real estate for the planet’s earliest complex life-forms...

    01/24/2014 - 14:50 Earth, Evolution
  • Society News

    Forty finalists selected in 2014 Intel Science Talent Search

    Teen researchers from 14 states have made it to the final phase of the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, securing a chance to earn a grand prize of $100,000 and share in awards totaling $630,000.

    The 40 young scientists will visit Washington, D.C., March 6–12 to tour the White House and other national landmarks, present their research to judges and the public in a poster session at the...

    01/22/2014 - 07:00 Science & Society
  • News

    V-flying birds pick efficient flapping pattern

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    A bird migrating with others in a V formation turns out to be a master of the well-timed flap, able to match the up-and-down path traced by the wing tip of the bird in front of it. 

    Fighter pilots know the benefits of flying in a V formation. Wings create a vortex of whooshing air trailing from their tips, and a rearward plane that keeps one of its wing tips in a...

    01/15/2014 - 13:37 Biophysics, Animals