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Science news and technology updates from Scientific American. Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science.

Join Blue Planet II Live-Tweet (12/2018)

Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix.

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Big-Boned Chickens May Be Humans' Geologic Legacy (12/2018)

Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the "Anthropocene" will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Ancient Marine Reptiles Had Familiar Gear (12/2018)

Ichthyosaurs had traits in common with turtles and modern marine mammals, like blubber and countershading camouflage. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Little Aphids Ride Big Ones to Safety (12/2018)

When trouble lurks, juvenile aphids drop off of the plants they're eating and hitch a ride on bigger aphid escapees.

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Utah's Deserts Are Bee Hotspots  (12/2018)

The Trump administration is shrinking Utah's desert monuments, stripping some federal protections for wild pollinators. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Who's a Smart Dog?! (12/2018)

An estimate of dog intelligence requires looking at non-dogs as well to understand what's special to canines and what is just typical of the taxonomic groups they're in.

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Data Reveals Most Influential Movies (12/2018)

By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Blue Whales Have Changed Their Tune (12/2018)

In the last few decades blue whale calls have been getting lower in pitch—and a rebound in their numbers may be the reason. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Smart Meters Speed Showers (11/2018)

Smart meters on showerheads encouraged hotel guests to conserve—even though they personally saved no money. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Mars Mission Makes Clean Landing (11/2018)

The sounds of the Mars InSight Mission control room during the tense minutes leading to the landing on the surface.

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