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Magpies' unexpected reaction to GPS trackers may have revealed altruism in the birds

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The time of year the dinosaur-killing asteroid hit explains why some species survived

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Physical evidence indicates that the coronavirus emerged at Wuhan seafood market

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This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. AP hide caption

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In this 30 second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower. Those meteors come from a comet. NASA/Bill Ingalls/(NASA/Bill Ingalls) hide caption

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A health worker in Mexico City prepares a Sputnik V dose during a mass vaccination effort against COVID-19. A new study in Mexico shows that non-mRNA vaccines like the Russian version can be as effective as mRNA vaccines like Pfizer if the patient has previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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A bee sucks nectar from a flower in Berlin, Germany. Bee populations are in decline in industrialized nations across the globe. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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The world's insect population is in decline — and that's bad news for humans

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Doctors are encouraging people to make the preventive health care appointments they may have put off because of the pandemic. The Good Brigade/Getty Images hide caption

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University of Edinburgh Ph.D. student Natalia Jagielska poses for a photo with the world's largest Jurassic pterosaur unearthed on the Isle of Skye. Jagielska is the author of a new scientific paper describing the find. Stewart Attwood/National Museums Scotland via AP hide caption

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Wyoming Indian Boys basketball team huddle up before heading out to face the Greybull Buffalo. Taylar Stagner/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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This reservation has Wyoming's strictest COVID-19 rules. Student athletes are glad

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A protester gathers containers that look like OxyContin bottles at an anti-opioid demonstration in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2019. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Corporate opioid payouts now being finalized would top $32 billion

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The Gran Turismo Sophy A.I. does a lap of the course. Sony A.I. hide caption

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A.I. has mastered 'Gran Turismo' — and one autonomous car designer is taking note

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Physicist Desiré Whitmore teaches workshops to help teachers better communicate science. As part of that, Desiré uses optical illusions to explain how social blind spots come into play in the classroom. Boris SV/Getty Images hide caption

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Do You See What I See?

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This photo shows two carved standing stones at a remote Neolithic site in Jordan's eastern desert. A team of Jordanian and French archaeologists said Tuesday that it had found a roughly 9,000-year-old shrine. Jordan Tourism Ministry/via AP hide caption

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Staff volunteers queue to receive a fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Israel on Dec. 27, 2021, as the hospital conducted a trial of a fourth jab of the vaccine. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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