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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.

Moths Inspire Better Smartphone Screens (6/2017)

Researchers designed an antireflective coating for smartphone screens, with inspiration from the bumpy eyes of moths. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Better Memory Begets Boredom (6/2017)

The better study participants scored in the memory test, the faster they got bored. Karen Hopkin reports.

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DNA Points to Multiple Migrations into the Americas (6/2017)

DNA analysis of skeletons found in the Pacific Northwest backs up traditional oral histories, and suggests there could have been more than one colonization of the Americas. Emily Schwing reports.

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Keep Rolling Luggage Upright with Physics (6/2017)

A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel—and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Wolves Need More Room to Roam (6/2017)

Ecologists say wolves should be allowed to roam beyond remote wilderness areas—and that by scaring off smaller predators like coyotes and jackals, wolves might do a good service, too. Emily...

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Engineers Build Bendy Batteries for Wearables (6/2017)

Researchers built silver–zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Rising Temps Lower Polar Bear Mercury Intake (6/2017)

As polar bears are forced onto land, they're feeding on animals with less mercury—reducing their levels of the toxic pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Some Hotel Bed Bug Sightings May Be Bogus (6/2017)

Only a third of travelers could correctly identify a bed bug—suggesting that some bug sightings in online reviews could be cases of mistaken identity. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Opioids Still Needed by Some Pain Patients (6/2017)

The "other victims" of the opioid epidemic are pain patients who need the drugs but cannot now get them because of fears related to their use  

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Bacterially Boosted Mosquitoes Could Vex Viruses (6/2017)

Mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria are unable to transmit viruses to humans—and could curb the spread of viral disease. Karen Hopkin reports.

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