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If Singing's Tough, Try Whistling (4/2018)

A new study claims it's easier to accurately whistle a melody than to sing it. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Traffic Deaths Increase after 4:20 P.M. on 4/20 (4/2018)

A look at a database of fatal traffic accidents found a 12 percent increase on the informal marijuana holiday 4/20 after 4:20 P.M. compared with nearby dates.  

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NYC Mice Are Packed with Pathogens (4/2018)

Mice trapped in New York City apartment buildings harbored disease-causing bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Mine Social Media Posts to Predict Flu (4/2018)

Researchers used Twitter searches for nonflu words associated with behavior to predict flu outbreaks two weeks in advance.  

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Planting Milkweed for Monarchs? Make Sure It's Native (4/2018)

Non-native milkweed species planted in the southern U.S. could harm monarch butterflies as temperatures rise. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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The Internet Needs a Tune-Up (4/2018)

Princeton University's Jennifer Rexford talks about optimizing the internet for the uses it got drafted into performing.  

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Glacier Suddenly Goes Galloping (4/2018)

Researchers try to figure out why every 20 years a Pakistan glacier moves roughly 1,500 times faster.  

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Some Habitable Zone Exoplanets May Get X-Rayed Out (4/2018)

Red dwarfs are a popular place to hunt for small exoplanets in the habitable zone—but the stars' radiation bursts might fry chances for life as we know it. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Right Whales Seem to Think before They Speak (4/2018)

Rather than always making the same call in response to the same stimuli, North Atlantic right whales are capable of changing their vocalizations.  

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Old New England Underground May Be Spry after All (4/2018)

The U.S. Northeast may be more geologically active than was previously thought, according to a seismic sensor network.

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