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A common, or Harbor, porpoise. / Credit: Jan Zoetekouw / Shutterstock.com Porpoises and dolphins, as well as whales, are members of the scientific order Cetacea. Dolphins and porpoises are often confused. Both have sleek bodies and large flippers. However, porpoises don’t have beaks like dolphins. Also, porpoises have triangular dorsal fins, […]

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Maddie Moate’s videos cultivate enthusiasm for science in young people. Credit: Image courtesy of YouTube In this series of articles, some of YouTube’s most popular science channels take a turn in the spotlight. Their creators employ a range of techniques and styles, weaving together graphics, footage, animation, sound design, and a […]

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A gloomy octopus (Octopus tetricus) displays dark color and spreads its arms. Credit: David Scheel Octopuses are well-known masters of camouflage and skillful escape artists, but they aren’t exactly famous for their social skills. Scientists have long thought that this many-armed denizen of the deep was strictly solitary and didn’t interact […]