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Stray dogs have the natural ability to understand human gestures

Humans domesticated dogs, and over our 15,000-year relationship, we’ve bred canines to be friendly and eager companions—as well as skilled at interpreting our emotions. Now, a new study reveals even stray dogs—animals that have never lived with people—can still understand our gestures. Up to 300 million stray dogs roam the planet, with about 30 million…

Traveling to the Philippines? What to know about the volcano

On January 12, the sudden and spectacular eruption of Taal Volcano in the Philippines shut down the country’s main international airport and canceled more than 500 flights. A plume of ash extended nine miles high; a thick layer carpeted the surrounding towns and villages, covering houses, roads, fields, and farm animals and forcing the evacuation…

Mayfly numbers drop by half since 2012, threatening food chain

Every summer, mayflies burst forth from lakes and rivers, taking to the skies of North America. These insects, which are particularly abundant in the northern Mississippi River Basin and Great Lakes, live in the water as nymphs before transforming into flying adults. They synchronize their emergence to form huge swarms of up to 80 billion…

Astronomers just got a deep peek at a black hole

In an enormous effort that stunned the world, scientists last year unveiled the first direct picture of a black hole, allowing humans to see what exists at the cusp of the monster’s maw. Now, astronomers have used a different technique involving x-ray “echoes” to peer even closer at one of these gravitational behemoths. The black…

Weather shows evidence of climate change every single day since 2012

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Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?

The Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Pulitzer Center provided grant support for this story. Until about your grandparents’ childhood—or maybe your great-grandparents’—the world was made of wood. Everything from weapons and wheels, barrels and houses, tools for cooking and industry, was at least in part derived from materials taken from the bodies of trees. People…

10 new birds discovered in ‘lost world’

Brilliantly colored, noisy, and active during the day, many birds are easy to spot—and identify. In the past two decades, an average of fewer than six new bird species have been described every year in the entire world. But 2020 will be different, as scientists have just announced 10 previously undescribed species and subspecies from…

These sleek predatory dinosaurs really are teenage T. rex

Sixty-six million years ago, the ground of western North America trembled with the footfalls of a tyrant: Tyrannosaurus rex. But despite a wealth of T. rex remains pulled from the region’s Cretaceous-period rocks, scientists have had few clues about how the celebrity dinosaur grew from a hatchling to a gargantuan predator—until now. In a study…

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