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What Is Up With Cicadas?

Why they come out so infrequently, what they do in the interim, and most importantly—are they edible?

May 20 2016 12:10 PMFighting Climate Change Is Hard When You Live on a Natural Gas ReserveWhen even environmentalists sell the rights to their land, you know it’s bad.
May 19 2016 3:04 PMTiny Drone Learns to Fly—and LandDon’t swat this fly on the wall.
May 18 2016 7:00 AMWatch Lions Go Bonkers Over Giant Paper RopesNow they just need a laser pointer.
May 17 2016 1:11 PMHow Emily Dickinson Grew Her Genius in Her Family’s BackyardDickinson’s poetic innovations depended on her skills as a gardener and naturalist.
May 12 2016 9:30 AMThe Secret Language of Campus SquirrelsBerkeley researchers read the body language of a twitchy, anxious mammal.
May 9 2016 10:01 AMThere’s Still Hope for the Great Barrier ReefFixing climate change isn’t the only thing we can do to help the reef recover.
May 6 2016 10:02 AMThis Is Your Mind on BrainsWhy we’re so mesmerized by MRIs of lit-up brains, even though most of us have no clue what we’re looking at.  
May 5 2016 9:00 AMThe Labeling ShortcutThe FDA should spend less time worrying about labels and more time better regulating the entire industry. 
May 3 2016 10:00 AMThe High Schooler Behind the Mini-Brain GeneratorAn unconventional summer project may help shed light on how Zika affects developing babies’ brains.
April 29 2016 1:45 PMIt Doesn’t Matter If You Think It’s Nice OutOur understanding of global climate change needs to move beyond our personal experiences of weather.
April 27 2016 4:22 PMUnfortunately, You Can’t Have a Lemur as a PetIt seems like it would be the best, but it would actually be the worst.
April 19 2016 10:08 AMAll Your Burning Questions About Weed, AnsweredDoes coughing get you high faster? Can your cat really get stoned? How would an adult find a dealer?
April 18 2016 12:26 PMAmateur Earthquake Footage From Japan, StabilizedA better way to understand the Kumamoto quake.
April 15 2016 11:31 AMWhy Do We Laugh?The same reason we do anything—to survive.
April 14 2016 3:29 PMCan SeaWorld Redeem Itself?As it moves to stop captive breeding, there’s a future for SeaWorld that might actually benefit animals, instead of harm them.  
May 20 2016 5:52 AMWe’re in Year Five of California’s DroughtThe state’s dead trees are elevating forest fire risks. And yes, climate change is to blame.
May 19 2016 1:47 PMScientists Are Punnier Than You ThinkEven serious researchers get punchy when writing up their results from time to time. 
May 17 2016 1:11 PMDecoding DickinsonEmily Dickinson’s cryptic biological references have fooled many readers. Here’s how to interpret her poems with a naturalist’s eye.
May 15 2016 8:30 PMBullies Have a Trump CardAnti-bullying efforts need to address the stubborn problem of popular bullies.
May 11 2016 9:00 AMFreeing Dogs With FencesVolunteering to build fences can help deliver dogs (and their owners) from chains. 
May 6 2016 1:00 PMWe Need to Talk About Climate ChangeTragedies like the Fort McMurray fire make it more important, not less.
May 5 2016 3:16 PMLessons Learned From Nobel Laureate Harry KrotoThe scientist who passed away earlier this week was more than a chemist—he was an advocate and a mentor, too.
May 4 2016 12:20 PMTheir Next ActThe Ringling Brothers’ elephants are retiring—and moving to Florida to contribute to cancer research. 
May 3 2016 7:00 AMScientist vs. CreationistWho will get to update Texas’ science standards?
April 29 2016 11:36 AM“Everyone” Downloads Research Papers IllegallyScience magazine just published a great piece on the utility of Sci-Hub. Unfortunately, its defense of its own business model is flawed.
April 22 2016 7:07 AMOn Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a TreeIn an excerpt from her wildly popular book, Hope Jahren details her devotion to plants.
April 18 2016 5:07 PMThis Week’s Back-to-Back Earthquakes Don’t Mean the World Is EndingIt’s only unusual because they both struck highly populated areas.
April 18 2016 7:29 AMAre Humans Definitely Smarter Than Apes?At certain things, perhaps. But at some specific tasks, perhaps not.
April 14 2016 5:24 PMDon’t Anthropomorphize Inky the Octopus! Not because it’s bad, but because it might make you miss what’s so fascinating about these creatures in the first place. 
April 13 2016 5:21 PMWhat Will Make Interstellar Travel a Reality?An $100 million investment is good, but it’s just the beginning.

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