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The Great American Eclipse brings solar science to down to Earth

The Aug. 21 eclipse promises Americans a rare window into our nearest star.

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Lightning injuries dwindle with more time spent indoors, safety education

Scientists have seen a decrease in lightning-related injuries with farming and other outdoor occupations becoming less prevalent. But perhaps the biggest reason deaths are down is because of efforts to teach people not to get hit in the first place.

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Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain.

Social dominance theory postulates that societies maintain their hierarchies by creating and promoting social beliefs that keep dominant groups on top.

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Hunt for other worlds: 3,500 exoplanets and counting

Since the first planet beyond our solar system was discovered almost 30 years ago, the search for exoplanets has turned up thousands of fascinating worlds. 

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Robot communication: It's more than just talk

As robots start to spill out of factories and into more human spaces, researchers try to better equip both parties to understand each other.

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Beyond flattery: Why imitation could be humanity's most distinctive feature

Forget ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ ‘Human see, human do’ might be more accurate. But what does our incredible ability to imitate do for us?

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Scientists say ravens display foresight, a trait thought unique to apes

A series of experiments with ravens finds that the birds display the ability to think ahead and deliberately prepare for future events, adding to the growing body of evidence that intelligence has evolved more than once.

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Through citizen science projects, anyone can be a scientist

Science isn’t just for scientists. Every day, citizens help further research, too.

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Newly discovered particle outshines protons, neutrons with double the charm

However fleeting it may be, the discovery of a long theorized baryon is news for celebration in the physics community.  

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As space junk soars, science turns to nature for ideas

Even if we stop launching rockets today, cascading collisions between orbiting objects will continue to endanger satellites. But this sticky problem might have an even stickier solution: gecko-inspired trash grabbers.

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