August events at the intersection of science and culture."
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THE NEW YORK TIMES
Antarctic fur seal populations are declining, and changing genetically."
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SINDYA N. BHANOO
Two major feeding grounds for the huge mammals are bisected by the routes of ships near seaports in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Calif."
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Letters to the editor and online comments."
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CAROL KAESUK YOON
The Pacific Northwest is a home to the mountain beaver, which is home to the elusive Hystrichopsylla schefferi."
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WILLIAM J. BROAD
Reports give new details of not only the treasure discovered from the S.S. Central America, which sank more than 150 years ago, but also of the items that speak of the lives lost."
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Ashley Maas and Heather Murphy
Whispering, rustling paper and tapping fingers — more than 2.6 million videos on YouTube are designed to trigger a little-known phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response, or A.S.M.R."
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The work of the naturalist John Whipple Potter Jenks was thrown out and forgotten until a group of graduate students revived it, with an artist’s help, for a new exhibition."
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KATHERINE HARMON COURAGE
A new breed of robots with sinewy arms, a powerful grip and the ability to work underwater, is almost here."
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Research Center for Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics
PoseiDrone, a robot whose body was inspired by the bodies of octopus and squid, navigates a rocky underwater world."
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C. CLAIBORNE RAY
Some species of fly are adapted to feign dropping dead as a way to avoid a threat, and several other insects and spiders also show this behavior."
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When Australia’s signature mammal walks, its tail works like a fifth leg."
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A study shows that when kangaroos feed, they use a slower, walking motion that relies on the tail to exert force."
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Dr. Marler showed that certain songbirds not only learned their songs, but also learned to sing in a dialect peculiar to the region in which they were born."
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