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Feb. 7 2016 1:58 PMMeet NoraThe dreaming polar bear cub is now wide awake and cuter than ever.
Feb. 6 2016 7:53 AMHomeless in Super Bowl CitySan Francisco hides its homeless.
Feb. 5 2016 11:02 AMJames Taylor’s Crate MusicThe musician reveals the sound in his big box.
Feb. 4 2016 9:12 AMMind Your FingersRare, cute, incredibly dangerous hatchlings emerge at the Columbus Zoo.
Feb. 3 2016 12:08 PMChange Two Words, Include Half the PopulationA humble plea from a Canadian MP to include women in the country’s national anthem.
Feb. 2 2016 11:29 AMHellcats of the DeepWorld War II planes find a second life on the ocean floor.
Feb. 1 2016 11:45 AMThe Prey-in-the-Box TestResearchers gave 39 species food in a bolt-locked box. Many did not fare well.
Feb. 1 2016 10:30 AMThe Bug CensusThe 62 different arthropod families found in the average Raleigh, North Carolina, home.
Jan. 29 2016 10:53 AMGoodbye to Sarah the Cheetah, the World’s Fastest Land AnimalShe once ran 100 meters in 5.95 seconds.
Jan. 26 2016 9:35 AMJudge These Books by Their CoversLiterary classics enjoy gorgeous makeovers.
Jan. 22 2016 11:26 AMBaby Giraffes Are Gangly, Awkward, and AdorableEvidence below.
Jan. 21 2016 3:19 PMIf There Is Another Planet in the Solar System, How Did We Miss It?Hint: It would appear far dimmer than Pluto.
Jan. 20 2016 9:37 AMThe Virtue of Failed ExperimentsHow a professor’s visit to a pediatric burn ward led to an unlikely breakthrough.
Jan. 18 2016 12:59 PMName That Rare Aquatic CreatureNOAA scientists play an underwater name game.
Jan. 16 2016 3:38 PMA Tiny Robot That Escorts Slow Sperm to an EggIt could be an alternative to costly and complex in vitro fertilization.
Feb. 6 2016 3:00 PMHow Researchers Got a Robot to Change Colors Like a ChameleonTiny surfaces are key.
Feb. 5 2016 12:46 PMPaddle Boarding With an OrcaAn aquatic close encounter.
Feb. 5 2016 10:23 AMA Rare Glimpse of America's Only Wild JaguarThis handsome feline just made his movie debut.
Feb. 4 2016 7:57 AMWhy Shark Ate SharkThe famous shark-on-shark feeding at a Seoul aquarium wasn’t exactly normal behavior.
Feb. 3 2016 8:42 AMWhy Dark-Furred Monkeys Give Birth to Orange BabiesAdorable results of “allomothering.”
Feb. 2 2016 7:55 AMThe World’s Largest Bat Colony Takes FlightAn amazing exodus captured on video.
Feb. 1 2016 10:31 AMFloating ZenA new invention lets you hang bonsai trees in the air.
Feb. 1 2016 9:18 AMWhen Did Human Warfare Begin?A site in Kenya, uncovered after 10,000 years, points to a massacre among early hunter-gatherers.
Jan. 27 2016 7:59 AMHow “Approved Odor Assessors” Guard Your New Car’s Smell  At Ford, more than 100 parts make up a vehicle’s unique bouquet.
Jan. 24 2016 3:09 PMThe Venus Flytrap Counts Its Victim’s FootstepsHow a panicked insect seals its own fate.
Jan. 22 2016 7:41 AMWhy Do Dolphins Strand Themselves on Shore?An obvious, sad answer.  
Jan. 21 2016 9:49 AMHow to SkimBecome an expert longform article reader, in two minutes.
Jan. 19 2016 11:57 AMThe Elephant and the Tractor DriverKham La, a rescue, has a particular affinity for a man at her nature park.
Jan. 17 2016 12:07 PMHow to Display the Titanosaur, the Largest Creature That Ever Walked EarthIt’ll take two different rooms.
Jan. 15 2016 10:50 AMThe Smallest Penguin Chick in the World Up CloseLittle Bowie can barely see yet.