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  1. Animals

    This massive ancient whale may be the heaviest animal ever known

    Called Perucetus colossus, it may have tipped the scales at up to 340 metric tons — more than today’s blue whales.

  2. Psychology

    Spending time in green spaces can provide big health benefits

    Walking through a park or playing in a yard can make you feel better, both mentally and physically. Here’s how — and evidence it works for people at any age.

  3. Animals

    This egg-eater may have the biggest gulp of any snake its size

    Slither aside, Burmese pythons. This little African snake has a truly outsized swallow.

  4. Archaeology

    Let’s learn about Stonehenge

    Questions remain about exactly who built Stonehenge and why. But some details are known about the site’s origins.

  5. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Rare earth element

    Rare earth elements aren’t all that rare — but skyrocketing demand for these metals makes them precious.

  6. Brain

    A rat’s playfulness relies on cells in one part of its brain

    Certain cells here control its behavior. Studying this circuitry could also help us understand depression in people.

  7. Animals

    A new technique creates glowing whole-body maps of mice

    Removing cholesterol from mouse bodies lets fluorescent proteins seep into every tissue. That has helped researchers map entire body parts.

  8. Agriculture

    Crops are being engineered to thrive in our changing climate

    Plants are already the best carbon catchers on Earth. New research could make them even better.

  9. Animals

    Toothed whales use their noses to whistle and click

    Much as people do, toothed whales, such as dolphins and sperm whales, make noises in three different vocal registers.

  10. Earth

    Take candy core samples with this science activity

    Act like a geologist as you drill ‘core samples’ from candy bars using a straw. Can you identify the type of candy bar just from a sample?

  11. Agriculture

    Cow dung spews a climate-warming gas. Adding algae could limit that

    But how useful this is depends on whether cows eat the red algae, a type of seaweed — or it gets added to their wastes after they’re pooped out.

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