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  1. woman inside wearing mask
    Neuroscience

    Lonely brains crave people like hungry brains crave food

    After hours of isolation, dopamine-producing cells in the brain fire up in response to pictures of humans, showing our social side runs deep.

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  2. Fritillaria delavayi plant blending with rocky background
    Plants

    These plants seem like they’re trying to hide from people

    A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved remarkable camouflage in areas with intense harvesting pressure, a study suggests.

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  3. Mount Everest
    Environment

    Plastics are showing up in the world’s most remote places, including Mount Everest

    From the snow on Mount Everest to the guts of critters in the Mariana Trench, tiny fragments called microplastics are almost everywhere.

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  4. a colugo mother hanging in a tree with a baby colugo peeking over her leg
    Animals

    On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops

    Our reporter tags along for nighttime observations of these elusive gliding mammals.

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  5. a microscopic image showing several radiolarians
    Earth

    50 years ago, scientists named Earth’s magnetic field as a suspect in extinctions

    In 1970, researchers saw a link between magnetic pole reversals and extinctions. Fifty years later, scientists have uncovered more suggestive examples but no strong evidence of a direct link.lamb

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  6. Monarch caterpillar
    Life

    Monarch caterpillars head-butt each other to fight for scarce food

    Video experiments show that monarch caterpillars turn aggressive when there’s not enough milkweed to go around.

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  7. guttural toad
    Animals

    Guttural toads shrank by a third after just 100 years on two islands

    Introduced in the 1920s, toads on two islands in the Indian Ocean have shrunken limbs and bodies that may be evidence that "island dwarfism" can evolve quickly.

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  8. farm on Mars, illustrated
    Planetary Science

    Farming on Mars will be a lot harder than ‘The Martian’ made it seem

    Lab experiments developing and testing fake Martian dirt are proving just how difficult it would be to farm on the Red Planet.

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  9. illustration of a long-necked dinosaur leaning down to drink from a river
    Paleontology

    How massive long-necked dinosaurs rose to rule the Jurassic herbivores

    New dinosaur fossil dates to same time as a volcanic surge, suggesting ensuing changes in plant life allowed these long-necked giants to emerge.

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