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Inbred Songbirds Croon Out Of Tune

scientificamerican.com — Just like humans have to learn to talk, songbirds aren't just born singing-they have to learn to carry a tune. "So in the beginning they just babble." Raissa de Boer, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. "And they learn from a tutor, so they need an example song in order to learn it."

Great Red Spot Helps Explain Jupiter's Warm Upper Atmosphere

scientificamerican.com — For most people, Jupiter's most recognizable-and mysterious-feature is the Great Red Spot. For centuries, astronomers have watched the storm spin across the giant world's face. But for planetary scientists, Jupiter's most distinctive mystery may be what's called the "energy crisis" of its upper atmosphere: how do temperatures average about as warm as Earth's even though the enormous planet is more than fives times further away from the sun?

Beaver Dams Strengthened By Humans Help Fish Rebound

scientificamerican.com — In the early 19 th century, the fur industry reached what was then known as the Oregon Territories. Lewis and Clark found massive numbers of Pacific salmon and steelhead trout there, swimming among the beaver dams scattered across the Columbia River Basin.

Frigate Bird Flights Last Months

scientificamerican.com — Great frigate birds are extraordinary creatures. They're seabirds with six-foot wingspans, yet they weigh only about three pounds. Their preferred food: flying fish -which they pluck out of the air above the water's surface. Frigate birds' feathers aren't waterproof, so landing on the water to fish is a no-go.

Frigatebird Flights Last Months

scientificamerican.com — Great frigatebirds are extraordinary creatures. They're seabirds with six-foot wingspans, yet they weigh only about three pounds. Their preferred food: flying fish -which they pluck out of the air above the water's surface. Frigatebirds' feathers aren't waterproof, so landing on the water to fish is a no-go.

For Lichens, 3's Not a Crowd

scientificamerican.com — Lichens. They're probably the most common example of two organisms living in a symbiotic relationship. There's a fungus and a photosynthesizing partner, like algae. It's a bond that was born, as they say, when "Alice Algae," took a "lichen" to "Freddie Fungus."

Vaccinate Prairie Dogs to Save Ferrets

scientificamerican.com — A recent headline on the website theverge.com got a lot of attention on social media. Because each new phrase seemed to take the message in an unexpected direction. The headline read: U.S. government plans to use drones to fire vaccine-laced M&Ms near endangered ferrets. Some background.

Evolution Ed Defenders Make Rapids Progress in Grand Canyon

scientificamerican.com — "So what does rafting down the Grand Canyon have to do with science education?" Ann Reid, former research biologist and current executive director of the National Center for Science Education. She spoke to me July 7 th at the Fern Glen Canyon campsite the morning of our penultimate day rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Making the Case That Animals Are Impressively Smart

scientificamerican.com — Twenty years ago I wrote a profile of primatologist and author Frans de Waal for another magazine. As a placeholder for the title until we could think of a better one, I came up with "The Writing on de Waal."

Then Inn-Within-an-Inn Along Connecticut's Coast

justluxe.com — Photo Credit: Saybrook Point Inn & Spa In 1870 The Pease House was built as a colonial inn on Connecticut's coastline. It was eventually replaced in the 1950s by a mid-century modernist hotel called the Terra Mar.
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