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Giant Pterosaurs Couldn't Fly, Study Suggests

Giant pterosaurs, colossal winged reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs, have long been considered the heaviest animals ever to take to the skies. But new research suggests that the notion of giant pterosaurs soaring over Earth simply doesn't fly.

from National Geographic News

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The Nature of Nature

Writing any serious tribute to the science journalist and editor, Sir John Maddox, can only really start a long time after deadline, with the assistance of a cigarette and a glass of wine. Thus he famously began work on his editorials.

from the Economist

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Swine Flu Claims First Death in the United States

A 23-month-old child in Texas has died from complications of the swine flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this morning, marking the first confirmed fatality in the U.S. from the ominous, little-known virus that is rapidly spreading around the globe.

from the Washington Post (Registration Required)

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Common Genetic Variations Found in Autistic People

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

Researchers have found that many people with autism share common genetic variations, a discovery that may improve diagnosis and offers the promise of developing treatments for the frustratingly mysterious disorder.

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The Origin of Life

As the frontiers of knowledge have advanced, scientists have resolved one creation question after another. We now have a pretty good understanding of the origin of the Sun and the Earth, and cosmologists can take us to within a fraction of a second of the beginning of the universe itself.

from American Scientist

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Once There Were Swarms of Butterflies in Our Skies

On a bright spring day, the chalky slopes of the Chilterns smell of warm thyme. Tiny purple violets bloom underfoot. For miles beyond, the Vale of Aylesbury unfolds in a tapestry of newly minted trees, yellow fields and the spires of village churches.

from the Guardian (UK)

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Inside the Baby Mind

What is it like to be a baby? For centuries, this question would have seemed absurd: behind that adorable facade was a mostly empty head. A baby, after all, is missing most of the capabilities that define the human mind, such as language and the ability to reason.

from the Boston Globe (Registration Required)

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Why Freeing Willy Was the Wrong Thing to Do

Willy was never really free. The killer whale star of the Hollywood movie Free Willy had to be cared for by humans even after he was released and he never successfully integrated with his wild kin. Researchers now say attempts to return him to the wild were misguided.

from New Scientist

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