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  1. Social Lemurs Are Better Larcenists 

    “Researchers from Duke University have found that lemurs living in large social groups are smarter thieves, a find that could have implications for how scientists measure primate intelligence.” Christian Science Monitor

  2. Japan to Launch Talking Robot Into Space

    “Kirobo—a humanoid ‘robot astronaut’ that can converse with humans in space and on the ground—is scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on August 4.” Space

  3. First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru

    “Archaeologists collected more than a thousand artifacts, including sophisticated gold and silver jewelry, bronze axes, and gold tools, along with the bodies of three Wari queens and 60 other individuals, some of whom were probably human sacrifices.” National Geographic

  4. Locust Plague in Madagascar Could Cause Food Crisis

    “The locust plague, which has infested over half of Madagascar’s cultivated land and pastures, poses a food and livelihood threat to 13 million people, or 60 percent of the island’s population.” Businessweek

  5. NASA’s Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our ‘Solar Bubble’

    “Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.” NASA

  6. Making Fuel From Yeast

    “What if we could get our gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel from yeast instead of from oil wells? That’s not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it’s already happening on a small scale.” NPR

  7. Cave Art Reveals Ancient View of the Cosmos

    “A team of scientists has uncovered a series of engravings and drawings strategically placed in open air and within caves by prehistoric groups of Native American settlers that depict their cosmological understanding of the world around them.” Live Science

  8. Social Networks Shape Monkey ‘Culture’ Too

    “A new study on squirrel monkeys finds that monkeys with the strongest social networks catch on fastest to the latest in foraging crazes.”
    Current Biology

  9. Imagination Can Change What We Hear and See

    “A new study shows that our imagination may affect how we experience the world more than we perhaps think. What we imagine hearing or seeing ‘in our head’ can change our actual perception.” Science Daily

  10. What Does A Lightning Arc Look Like in Slow Motion?

    BBC’s Earth Unplugged ventures to a simulated lightning lab with a slow motion camera to catch what lightning looks like when it strikes. Youtube
    Just for Fun