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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 […]

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A far Eastern curlew. Credit: Copyright Dirk_S_Hovorka Claire Runge is a postdoctoral scholar at the National Centre for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, previously at the University of Queensland; James Watson is director of science and research with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and […]

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Albert Einstein at the blackboard. Credit: NASA Name the smartest person ever. Chances are high that the name Albert Einstein popped into your head. For the past century, Einstein has endured as a public symbol of intelligence and inspiration. Now, on the 100th anniversary of what is arguably Einstein’s greatest accomplishment […]